554,000 Recalled LED Light Bulbs Sold Nationwide
The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall on one brand of popular LED light bulbs on March 19, 2013. The recalled light bulbs are 6, 8, or 9 watt LED bulbs sold under the names Definity, EcoSmart, Sylvania, and Westinghouse. About 554,000 light bulbs are affected by the recall. A detailed description of the recalled LED light bulbs along with the list of serial numbers involved can be found on the CPSC website.
The problem with the recalled LED light bulbs, according to the CDC, is that they can overheat and pose a fire hazard. So far there have been 68 reports of incidents of these light bulbs failing with some of the reports indicating there was fire damage to rugs/carpets, floors, circuitry, and a lamp. So far, fire & smoke damage has been limited and there have been no personal injuries reported. If you have any of the recalled LED light bulbs you are advised to remove them immediately and contact the Light Science Group for replacement light bulbs.
The Light Science Group of Satellite Beach, Florida is the importer of the recalled LED light bulbs which are manufactured in China although a small number of these bulbs undergo a final assembly in Mexico and Florida.
Defective Light Bulbs Pose a Serious Risk of Personal Injury
There has been a big push in the last few years to change out the ordinary incandescent bulbs we have used for generations since Edison developed the first commercially viable light bulb. The push has been on for a money saving light bulb that would use less electricity, give good lighting and would have a longer life. Now days we are able to choose between halogen, CFL's, and LED light bulbs. Each type of bulb has its pros and cons depending upon the type of light we want or need, price, and cost of use.