More than 700,000 LED lamps are being recalled due to fears that they may overheat and melt, causing burn injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The lamps were sold at Home Depot stores as replacements for traditional two pin T8 fluorescent tubes.
CPSC said that the lamps, called Cree LED T8 replacement lamps, are white, have a cylindrical shape and measure 48 inches long. About 700,000 in the U.S., with an additional 11,500 were sold in Canada, at
The affected units 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.
They were sold at The Home Depot nationwide and to commercial lighting customers through electrical distributors from August 201 4through April 2015 for about $22 per tube. The lamps were manufactured in China, and imported by Cree Inc., of Durham, N.C.
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.”
CPSC said that consumers should immediately stop using, disconnect or switch off the fixture, remove the recalled T8 LED lamp, put it in a safe place and contact the firm to receive a full refund or replacement lamp.
You can contact Cree customer service toll-free at (888) 338-7883 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email atT8LED@cree.com or online at www.cree.com and click on “Recalls” or go to www.cree.com/recall for more information.
Contact CPSC to find out more specific information at http://www.cpsc.gov, or by calling 800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054). Health Canada’s press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2015/53671r-eng.php.