: Below is a picture of a CFL light bulb from my bathroom.
: I turned it on the other day and then smelled smoke after
: a few minutes. Four-inch flames were spewing out of the
: side of the ballast like a blow torch! I immediately turned
: off the lights! I'm sure it would have caused a fire if I
: was not right there! Imagine if the kids had left the lights
: on as usual when they were not in the room!
: I took the bulb to the Fire Department to report the incident.
: The fireman wasn't at all surprised, and said that it was not
: an uncommon occurrence. Apparently, sometimes when the bulb
: burns out, there is a chance that the ballast can start a fire. He
: me that the Fire Marshall had issued reports about the dangers of
: these bulbs.
: Upon doing some Internet research, it seems that bulbs made by
: “Globe” in China seem to have the lion’s share of problems.
: of fires have been blamed on misuse of CFL bulbs, like using them
: in recessed lighting, pot lights, dimmers or in track lighting.
: Mine was installed in a normal light socket.
: I bought these at Wal-Mart. I will be removing all the Globe bulbs
: from my house. CFL bulbs are great energy-savers, but make sure
: you buy a name brand like Sylvania , Phillips or GE --and NOT the
: ones from China . PASS THE WORD, PLEASE.
: "I have a pix if you want to see it, happened to a friend of
: mine, beware of Chinese CFC's.
: Bill H.
Thanks for sharing this as I have many throughout the house, I'm sure some are from Walmart.
I have been leaving some of these on 24/7 while out of town for several weeks at a time! I will
definitely check for Globe bulbs.
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