The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Cree Inc. announced the recall of 700,000 LED T8 lamps due to electrical arcing that may cause the lamp to overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard for users. The CPSC said Cree has received four reports of overheating and melting. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled lamps, designed to replace two-pin T8 fluorescent tubes, were sold through Home Depot nationwide and to commercial lighting customers through electrical distributors from Aug. 2014 through April 2015 for about $22 per tube.
The affected units were eligible to bear the cULus mark and are marked as “BT848 Series Lamp” with the product part number on the lamp itself or printed on a white label affixed to the lamp. A four digit date code is printed on the lamp under a statement that reads “Compatible with Instant Start, Rapid Start and Dimmable Electronic Ballasts.” Product numbers and UPC codes printed on the product packaging included in the recall are listed at the CPSC website.
The company is offering a refund or replacement as a remedy in the recall. Customers should immediately stop using, disconnect of switch off the fixture, remove the recalled lamp and contact Cree’s customer service line at 888-338-7883, or e-mail [email protected]