I've been doing a lot with LED's lately. At home I have about 20 wall sconces that use a mini halogen bulb with a T11 socket (mini-candelabra). Over the past few years of buying crap bulbs off Amazon (the Junk Kingdom IMHO), I finally found a vendor that produces a decent LED. I had the same experience, some bulb manufacturers build with cheap components and they don't last more than a year. Although all of them claim up to 5-10 years, most of them fall way short. If you are looking for a common brand, Feit Electric seems to have some good ones. Of all places, I found the best mini-candelabra bulbs at Home Depot.
An LED bulb is similar to a mini-computer. It uses a circuit board, voltage converter, resisters, and of course the light diode. If any of these components have gone through a 'cost cutting' exercise by the manufacturer (common in China), then you'll see a reduced lifespan. The LED strips are powered by an external power supply. If you buy a good quality unit, you may see improved performance. But, again, if any part of the LED computer has low-quality components the entire thing will break. You definitely get what you pay for.
In the case of this article, I highly recommend purchasing a computer power supply with the gold standard. It will cost a bit more, but, it can handle the sustained output of the strips and has clean power.
In the case of your situation with EGLO, they may have been a good bulb at one time. However, I see too many times where companies outsource their manufacturing without even thinking about quality. Either they've sold the business to Chinese owners or they simply moved their production overseas. This is a massive shame because it sounds like they lost quality, and your trust. China can produce good products... just look at that phone in your pocket or TV on your wall. Only a company concerned with their reputation can make that happen.