By Anthony Capkun
May 27, 2014 – Health Canada has informed us of a recall involving Commercial Electric brand basic hanging shop lights that use two T8s, as the lamp sockets can allow loose connections, posing a risk of an electrical arc and fire.
In Canada, Cordelia Lighting has received 462 reports of incidents, including 149 incidents of units smoking, 143 incidents of units catching on fire, 97 incidents of units sparking, 68 incidents of units burning out, and five incidents of units with electrical arcing. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled shop light is a metal light fixture with four plastic lamp sockets and a white finish. It measures 48 x 4.25 x 2.5 in. and has two 10.5-in. hanging chains. The lamp sockets must be snapped into place during installation. Model number CESL401-06 and SKU number 201-462 are printed on a white label on the top of the fixture.
About 111,300 of the recalled lights were sold at Home Depot stores across Canada from August 2013 through March 2014. They were manufactured in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using and unplug the shop lights, then return them to any Home Depot store for a full refund. N.B. Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.
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