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Recall of the Week: Cree LED T8 replacement lamps due to burn hazard

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Cree is recalling about 700,000 LED T8 replacement lamps in the United States and 11,500 in Canada.

Electrical arcing may cause the lamp to overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard, the company and U.S. Consumer said.

Cree has received four reports of the lamps overheating and melting. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Cree LED T8 lamps used indoors to replace traditional two pin T8 fluorescent tubes. The white lamps have a cylindrical shape and measure 48 inches long.

The recalled lamps are marked as “BT848 Series Lamp” with the product part number on the lamp or printed on a white label on the lamp. A four-digit date code is printed on the lamp under the statement: “Compatible with Instant Start, Rapid Start, and Dimmable Electronic Ballasts.”

To see product numbers and UPC codes printed on the recalled products, click here.

The LED lamps were sold at Home Depot nationwide and to commercial lighting customers through electrical distributors from August 2014 through April 2015. The cost was about $22 per tube.

Consumers should immediately stop using the fixture, remove the recalled lamp, put it in a safe place, and contact Cree to receive a full refund or replacement lamp, the company and commission advise.

For more information, call Cree customer service at 888-338-7883 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email T8LED@cree.com, or visit www.cree.com and click on “Recalls” or go to www.cree.com/recall.

Copyright 2015, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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