Cree Recalls LED Replacement Lamps For Burn & Fire Hazards

Cree Recalls LED Replacement Lamps For Burn & Fire Hazards

Cree has issued a recall on its LED T8 replacements lamps for potential burn and fire hazards.

The lamps resemble fluorescent tubes and were sold exclusively at The Home Depot to consumers and to commercial lighting customers through electrical distributors.

According to Cree, “Electrical resistance between the spring contact and the printed circuit board (PCB) may cause over-heating due to electrical arcing. The printed circuit board can overheat and cause the LED T8 lamp to melt, posing fire and burn hazards.”

The recalled Cree LED T8 replacement lamps were sold from August 2014 through April 2015 for approximately $22 each.

700,000 of the units were sold in the U.S. and11,500 units were sold in Canada.

Recalled LED lamps have “BT848 Series Lamp” printed directly on the lamp or on a white label attached to the lamp along with the product number. The lamps are 48” long and white in color with a cylindrical shape.

To determine which units are affected by the Cree recall, consumers will need the lamp’s product number and date code.

Consumers can find a four-digit date code printed on the LED lamp under the part that reads “Compatible with Instant Start, Rapid Start and Dimmable Electronic Ballasts,” according to the company.

Cree LED T8 lamps with the following product number and date codes are recalled:

CONSUMER Product NumberDescriptionUPC
BT848-17027FLW-BDG13-1C100Linear LED T8 ReplacementLamp, 4 Ft, 1700 Lm, 2700K – US849665002932
BT848-17040FLW-BDG13-1C100Linear LED T8 ReplacementLamp, 4 Ft, 1700 Lm, 4000K – US849665002154
COMMERCIAL Product NumberDescription
LEDT8P-48-21L-35KLinear LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 2100 Lm, 3500K
LEDT8P-48-21L-40KLinear LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 2100 Lm, 4000K
LEDT8P-48-17L-35KLinear LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 1700 Lm, 3500K
LEDT8P-48-17L-40KLinear LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 1700 Lm, 4000K
LEDT8P-48-17L-30KLinear LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 1700 Lm, 3000K
LEDT8P-48-17L-50KLinear LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 1700 Lm, 5000K

Date Codes: Any of the above product numbers with any of the following date codes are affected: 3314, 3414, 3514, 3614, 3714, 3814, 3914, 4014, 4114, 4214, 4314, 4414, 4514, 4614, 4714, 4814, 4914, 5014, 5114, 5214, 0115, 0215, 0315, 0415, 0515, 0615, 0715, 0815, 0915, 1015, 1115, 1215, 1315, 1415, 1515, 1615.

No injuries have been reported so far although Cree has received four reports of lamps that have overheated and melted.

Consumers should stop using Cree’s recalled LED T8 replacement lamps immediately. They are advised to turn off the fixture and remove the recalled lamp, then contact Cree to receive a replacement lamp or refund.

Cree can be contacted toll free through its customer service line at (888) 338-7883 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, via email at T8LED@cree.com or online at www.cree.com.

Consumers can also visit cree.com/recall for more information on the Cree LED T8 replacement lamp recall.

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