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Phillips Lighting recalls metal halide lamps due to fire and laceration hazards

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Phillips Lighting is recalling about 256,000 metal halide lamps. About 87,000 were previously recalled on May 24, 2016.

The outer bulbs can shatter, resulting in hot internal pieces of glass falling from the lamps, posing fire and laceration hazards.

The company has received 12 new reports of lamps shattering including one incident involving a fire. No injuries have been reported.

This expanded recall involves Philips Energy Advantage Ceramic Metal Halide Lamps model CDM330 manufactured from May 2011 through March 2014. They’re designed as energy efficient replacements for traditional 400W quartz metal halide lamps installed in magnetic ballasts and intended for use in high-ceiling industrial, retail, and commercial applications.

The lamps were sold in clear and coated versions. Each lamp includes an etching, located either on the base of the lamp or the glass bulb that displays the date code in the format of a number followed by a letter representing the year and month, “Philips”, wattage (330W) and the model number (CDM330). Lamps with the following date codes are included in the recall:

May 2011

1E

July 2012

2G

September 2013

3J

June 2011

1F

August 2012

2H

October 2013

3K

July 2011

1G

September 2012

2J

November 2013

3L

August 2011

1H

October 2012

2K

December 2013

3M

September 2011

1J

November 2012

2L

January 2014

4A

October 2011

1K

December 2012

2M

February 2014

4B

November 2011

1L

January 2013

3A

March 2014

4C

December 2011

1M

February 2013

3B

   

January 2012

2A

March 2013

3C

   

February 2012

2B

April 2013

3D

   

March 2012

2C

May 2013

3E

   

April 2012

2D

June 2013

3F

   

May 2012

2E

July 2013

3G

   

June 2012

2F

August 2013

3H

   

The lamps were sold at electrical supply distributors, including Grainger, Rexel, and Voss from May 2011 through August 2014 for about $40.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled lamps and contact Philips for a free replacement, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advise.

For more information, call Philips Lighting at 866-253-5503 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email ceramicmh@philips.com, or visit www.philips.com and click on For Professionals and then Recalls.

Copyright 2017, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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