554,000 LED lightbulbs recalled due to fire hazard
After receiving 68 reports of LEDs overheating, including some that produced fire or smoke, the Lighting Science Group has recalled 554,000 lightbulbs sold under the brand names Definity, EcoSmart, Sylvania and Westinghouse. Included in the incidents were eight that resulted in damage to light sockets, fixtures, rugs, carpet, floors, circuits or lamps. The Lighting Science Group is offering new bulbs to buyers.
The LEDs replace 40 or 50-watt incandescent bulbs and were manufactured between October 2010 and mid-March 2011. They were marketed as six- or eight-watt LEDs and include these bulb types: A19, G25, and R20, also known as PAR20. You’ll find the type indicated on the packaging and on the circular neck above the base of the bulb where the date code appears. The date code indicates the manufacturing date and is important in identifying the recalled LEDs. It may have “CH” or “MX” at the end. For the full list of 24 date codes, check the recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Consumer Reports tested the EcoSmart A19 LED Bright White 40W ECS 19WW 120 864680 but did not encounter the overheating problem. The LED did not make our list of recommended lightbulbs and was recently removed from our Ratings because Home Depot no longer sells it.
The Lighting Science Group is asking consumers to stop using the LEDs and to contact the company for a free replacement at 855-574-2533 or by filling out a form on the recall page on the company’s website.