By Anthony Capkun
(Updated August 1, 2013) After running this story, EBMag had the opportunity at Lightfair 2013 to have Jeremy Cage, Lighting Science’s CEO, comment on-camera about this recall. CHECK OUT the video below.
March 19, 2013 – The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says Lighting Science Group is recalling about 554,000 120V LED bulbs—sold as 6W or 8W bulbs—that were marketed under the brand names Definity, EcoSmart, Sylvania and Westinghouse due to fire hazard.
Lighting Science Group is aware of 68 incidents of product failures, eight of which were accompanied by visible smoke or fire conditions. The incidents include damage to light sockets, melted fixtures, burned rugs/carpet/floors, damage to a circuit and to a lamp. There have been no reports of personal injuries. (More photos below, courtesy CPSC).
The model numbers A19, G25 and R20/PAR20 are found on the packaging and on the light-coloured circular neck above the base of the bulb where the date code is also printed. The date code reflects the week and year of manufacture; for example, date code L4010 was produced during the 40th week of 2010. The date codes listed below may have the letters “CH” or “MX” at the end. For example, date code L4010 can also appear as L4010CH or L4010MX. The date codes are:
L4010, L4110, L4210, L4310, L4410, L4510, L4610, L4710, L4810, L4910, L5010, L5110, L5210, L0111, L0211, L0311, L0411, L0511, L0611, L0711, L0811, L0911, L1011, L1111
The units involved were manufactured by Citizen Electronics and Lighting Science Group in China (with a small number of products having final assembly in Florida or Mexico). They were sold at various retailers, including hardware and lighting and electrical supply stores.
Consumers should immediately remove the bulbs from sockets and lamps and contact Lighting Science Group for replacement bulbs. Contact Lighting Science Group at (855) 574-2533 from 0900 to 1800 ET Monday through Friday, or online HERE.