By Anthony Capkun
July 3, 2012 – The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is notifying the public that Thomas Lighting has announced a voluntary recall of its ceiling flush-mounted light fixtures. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately; the wire insulation in the socket of these fixtures can degrade, posing a fire and electric shock hazard, as the exposed energized wires may contact the metal canopy of the fixture.
Thomas Lighting has received 11 reports of defective fixtures in which the homeowners’ arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) tripped. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves 28 different models of ceiling flush-mounted light fixtures. All affected fixtures have a round base or canopy affixed to the ceiling and a dome or cylindrical-shaped cover with diameters ranging from 7.5 in. to 13 in. The recalled fixtures have a variety of finishes, including metal and/or clear or frosted glass and contain one, two or three light bulbs. Canopies are a range of colours including white, bronze, brass (gold) and nickel. Most models have a nib in the centre of the dome cover in the same colour as the canopy.
The recalled models were manufactured between June 1, 2010, and November 25, 2010. Although the manufacturer’s name, fixture model number and production date can be found on a printed label on the ceiling-side of the fixture’s metal canopy, consumers are advised not to remove the metal canopy from the ceiling to access this label.
The affected products were sold through electrical distributors and lighting wholesalers in the United States between July 2010 and July 2011. They were manufactured in China. While the affected products were intended for sale and distribution in the States only, the recalled products are certified to Canadian standards by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and labelled with Canadian certification mark (cULus).
Consumers should contact Thomas Lighting to arrange for a free in-home repair of the fixtures by a qualified electrician. Contact Thomas Lighting at (800) 764-0756 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit www.thomaslighting.com .