I bought this piece of sh*t and after waiting a month for it to get here from Shanghai, it turns out to be the dimmest, most worthless LED bulb I have purchased. I bought 4 different ones the same day from every site I could find them on. Well, 3 of them turned out to be exactly the same thanks to the infamous "photo for illustration purposes only, your actual bulb may vary". But that turned out to not be a problem because now I have extras of something that works and is bright.
BUT, the PUTCO brand LED, which has 5 rows of 3 LED's around the side and 3 LED's on the end (you know, the end, where it counts most to idiots behind you!).
I bought this PUTCO bulb from Virtual Village on e-bay. When I inquired as to why it was going to take a freakin' month to get my bulb, they replied that "I must understand that air mail from Shanghai takes much longer". Funny, the bulbs I ordered from 2 other e-bay sellers in China the SAME DAY got here in between 1 week to 10 days!
So anyway, two lessons I learned here that I want to share with forumites:
1. NEVER waste your $10 on the PUTCO brand 18-LED 7743 bulbs!
2. Don't order anything from "Virtual Village" on e-bay unless you have nothing but extra time to wait for it!
3. "Virtual Village" will sell you something very unlike they advertise.
Here is the picture that was on their ad:
Here are actual bulbs I received a month later:
See the difference? The pic that led me to order has 5 LED's on the end, but the ones I got only have 3. Well heck, the ones I kept that I'm using have 9 LED's on the end! What good are 3?