By Renée Francoeur
March 6, 2017 – Philips Lighting has expanded the recall of its metal halide lamps as the outer bulbs can shatter, resulting in hot internal pieces of glass falling from the lamps, posing fire and laceration hazards.
About 256,000 units are thought to be affected, according to the company. (In addition, about 87,000 were previously recalled on May 24, 2016).
This expanded recall involves Philips Energy Advantage ceramic MH lamps (model CDM330), manufactured from May 2011 through March 2014. They are designed as energy-efficient replacements for traditional 400W quartz MH lamps installed in magnetic ballasts and intended for use in high-ceiling industrial, retail and commercial applications.
The lamps were sold in both clear and coated versions. Each lamp includes an etching, located either on the base of the lamp or the glass bulb, that displays the date code in the format of a number followed by a letter representing the year and month, “Philips”, wattage (330W) and the model number (CDM330). See the chart for which dates codes are included in this recall.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission says it has received 12 new reports of lamps shattering, including one incident involving a fire. No injuries have been reported.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lamps and contact Philips for a free replacement.
The lamps, manufactured in the U.S., are known to be sold at electrical supply distributors, including Grainger, Rexel and Voss from May 2011 through August 2014 for about $40.
It is not known how many, if any of the lamps made it into Canada.