Cree, Inc. faces another proposed class action, this time filed in New York, over claims that the company overstates the lifespan of its LED lightbulbs, which supposedly burn out far more quickly than advertised.
According to the complaint, Cree represents on its website and packaging that its LED lightbulbs last between 15 and 45 years or more, save on energy costs, and come with a solid 10-year warranty. Despite the company’s impressive longevity claims, however, its bulbs can allegedly burn out as early as a few weeks after purchase. Additionally, the lawsuit claims Cree’s promised energy cost savings are “illusory and incorrect” and that the company merely uses the false promise of long-term savings to charge higher prices for a seemingly premium product.
Behind the filing is a New York consumer who says her 60- and 70-watt Cree LED lightbulbs burned out within six months of purchase despite proper use. The woman argues she would have paid less for the bulbs or would not have bought them at all absent the defendant’s misleading marketing practices.