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Best website to buy LED GU10 and E26 (AliExpress?)

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Best website to buy LED GU10 and E26 (AliExpress?)

Hi, I'm looking to buy some GU10 and E26 bulbs to replace my halogen and standard bulbs around the house. Is there a significant quality difference between the ones at Rona or let's say Aliexpress? What are your experiences with buying LED bulbs online?

Thanks guys!
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The ones at Rona are ridiculously expensive. On the other hand I wouldn't trust the cheap chinese crap ones.

Look for Costco for a good price/quality balance. The Ikea bulbs aren't bad either.
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Don't buy from Aliexpress or other chinese websites, they are not CSA, UL or CE approved (and will lie about it) and could burn your house down. If this happens your insurance will deny your claim because you imported unsafe and illegal electrical equipment. There are no manufacturer liability or consumer safety laws in china that will save you. Buyer beware and its often buyer burned.
They make some extremely unsafe and uncertifiable crap, one cent saving on 10 million bulbs means $100,000 in their pocket and a world of hell for you. Everything from insufficient isolations, combustible frames, poor or missing solder, insufficient heatsinking (or heatsink separation), no name chips and so on, if it can go wrong, a non name chinese bulb somewhere has it.

Use the saveonenergy coupons and look for sales and clearance deals at the big box stores, you will find them every now and then. Also Ikea often has interesting bulbs available

https://saveonenergy.ca/Consumer/Progra ... bates.aspx
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gyros wrote: Costco website has the GU10 - affordable

Luminus® GU10 7 W 520 Lumens Dimmable LED – 3 Pack $ 25.99

http://www.costco.ca/Luminus%C2%AE-GU10 ... 29453.html
Or check rona as they have them for $7 per bulb. If you are lucky, they might take a coupon for each bulb. They also have packs for about the same or a little less than costco. Or wait for a sale somewhere.
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Thanks guys! It sucks that the SaveOnEnergy coupons are for Ontario only :( !

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