Lighting Science Group, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a voluntary recall for its 120-volt LED light bulbs. The bulbs can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The manufacturer has received 68 reports of product failure, eight of which were accompanied by visible smoke or fire conditions. There have been no injuries reported.
The recall affects 554,000 units sold as 6- or 8-watt bulbs (equivalent to 40- or 50-watts). They were marketed under brand names Definity, EcoSmart, Sylvania and Westinghouse and sold at various retailers including hardware, lighting and electrical supply stores.
The model numbers A19, G25 and R20/PAR20 are found on the packaging and on the light-colored 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:
Damage reports related to the recalled light bulbs include damage to light sockets, melted fixtures, burned rugs/carpet/floors, damage to a circuit and damage to a lamp.
Consumers are advised to immediately remove the light bulbs from sockets and lamps. Lighting Science Group will provide consumers with a replacement product free of charge. Call toll free at (855) 574-2533 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at www.lsgc.com/recall.