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Recall of the Week: Lighting Science Group LED light bulbs due to fire hazard

Lighting Science Group is recalling about 554,000 LED light bulbs.

LED Light BulbThe bulbs can overheat during use, posing a fire hazard, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.

Lighting Science Group is aware of 68 incidents of product failures, eight of which were accompanied by visible smoke or fire conditions. The incidents include damage to light sockets, melted fixtures, burned rugs/carpet/ floors, and damage to a circuit and lamp. There have been no reports of personal injuries.

The 120-volt LED bulbs, sold as 6-, 8-, and 9-watt bulbs (equivalent to 40 or 50 watts), were marketed under the brand names Definity, EcoSmart, Sylvania, and Westinghouse.

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 has the week and year of manufacture: for example, date code L4010 was produced during the 40th week of 2010. The date codes may have the letters "CH " or "MX " at the end. For example, date code L4010 can also appear as L4010CH or L4010MX. Click here to see the date codes of the recalled light bulbs.

Manufactured in China, with a small number of products having final assembly in Florida or Mexico, the light bulbs were sold at various retailers including hardware, lighting, and electrical supply stores.

Consumers should immediately remove the bulbs from sockets and lamps and contact Light Science Group for replacement bulbs, the company and commission advise.

For further information, call Lighting Science Group at 855-574-2533 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit www.lsgc.com/recall.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

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