Rather than curse the darkness, Jeanne went out and bought a 2-pack of Silvania LED bulbs...
...at BJ's (@ $12.99 + sales tax) for the light by her television chair where she reads her periodicals while I'm watching anything that disinterests her... which is just about everything since "Justified" went off the air.
But that not what makes me freakin' nuts... it's the freakin' absurd packaging (made in China!) that is r-e-a-l-l-y difficult (degree of difficulty: 9/10) to open safely and without breaking the bulb(s) within!
I twice scoured the multi-lingual fine print information on the rear of the huge blister pack, looking for guidance if not actual instructions on how to more easily access the product, all to no avail.
I finally got one of the bulbs free of the laminated cardboard and hard plastic, and it performed entirely to Jeanne's satisfaction but I gotta say, aside from that it really wasn't worth the hassle.
I've known the name Sylvania my entire life, and while I'm not wed to the brand, I've had no reason to not have confidence in their products... until now.
The company advises that:
"Sylvania light bulbs, made in America in St. Marys, Pa., the only place still making light bulbs in the U.S."
...so maybe Sylvania whored out its name for a Chinese-made product to be sold on the cheap in big box store chains like BJ's, Walmart and K-Mart.
Esse conscius extra Emptor... and read the label!
I agree there. I wish I had the cite, but a few years back, one of the News networks was showing an "traditional style" light bulb factory was closing and a new one, to make the CFL bulbs, was going to be built in China, one side effect of the government pressing for changes in types of light bulbs out there.
On the subject of politics, it is impossible to not see how stuff like this led to the election of Donald Trump (except for a lot of people in our media and political professions, I guess). And you are right, if the packaging is deceptive, that is a double insult. The packaging is the final stink bomb on top.