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Recall: 3-way compact fluorescent light bulbs


On 2004-12-08, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding 3-way compact fluorescent light bulbs due to a potential fire & burn hazard. This product sold new beginning in April 2004 for about $10.00 to $19.00.

About 200,000 units are involved in this Technical Consumer Products light bulb recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 3rd recall of products in the Light Bulbs category in 2004. Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls, involving about 3 million product units.

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What is the problem?

The bulbs can overheat and spark, posing a burn hazard to consumers.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The recalled 32-watt, 3-way (40-75-150 watt output) compact fluorescent bulbs were sold under the brand names Commercial Electric (Home Depot) and DuraBright (Orchard Supply Hardware). The bulbs are about seven inches high and have a white, spiral fluorescent tube attached to a white plastic base. The following item numbers, which can be found on the back of the packaging and the base of the bulb, are included in the recall: 283-924, 575-717, and 69032.

These items were sold new+ at Home Depot and Orchard Supply Hardware nationwide from April 2004 through November 2004 for about $10 (single pack) or $19 (double pack).

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should stop using the bulbs immediately and contact Technical Consumer Products for a free replacement or gift card.

Call Technical Consumer Products at (800)397-2647 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

Technical Consumer Products has received 16 reports of overheating bulbs. No injuries have been reported.

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