|Fire hazard causes recall for Eco-Story LED lamps|
|25 Jan 2011|
|A US-based supplier has recalled around 42,000 LED lamps that can pose a fire hazard when used without a class II transformer. |
|Eco-Story, an LED lamp supplier based in Portland, Maine, has released a recall alert for LED lamps in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The product-safety recall is due to a fire hazard and affects about 42,000 units. The recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.
When used without a Class II transformer, the LED lamps in question can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The CPSC said that the company has received two reports of overheated lamps. No injuries have been reported.
The recall involves 12-volt LED lamps with UL number E316865. The UL number is found on a label located at the base of each lamp.
Manufactured in China, the lamps have been sold to commercial locations, primarily restaurants, from December 2007 through August 2010, for between $19 and $45. The lamps were not sold directly to consumers.
The CPSC says that commercial locations should stop using this lamp immediately and contact Eco-Story for a free replacement lamp which does not require a Class II transformer. The company has contacted all known commercial locations that purchased this lamp.
|About the Author |
|Tim Whitaker is the Editor of LEDs Magazine.|
|Name: eco-story Posted: Wed, 09 Feb 2011 19:02|
|Eco-story voluntarily issued this recall for MR-16 LED lamps sold between January 2007 and October 2010 due to potential overheating. The problem was identified when one customer reported two units had overheated. These were the only times in Eco-story’s history that such problems have been reported. Since issuing the recall, Eco-story has worked with its internal team and an outside engineering and testing firm and has corrected the cause of the problem. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this recall, please contact 207-699-5727 or visit http://www.eco-story.com.|
|Name: jc345 Posted: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 06:02|
|I find this interesting. The majors send links to this story as a scare tactic, perhaps appropriately so, to freighten customers away from using no-name product. The email that alerted me to this and attempting to "Scare" me came from an employee of the world's largest lighting company.
The interesting part is that, if as stated in the article, the no-name company is completely standing behind their product. Again, if true, they are doing exactly what GE, Philips, or OSI would do... if we were lucky.
|Name: ledstuff Posted: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 01:02|
|Hardly a no-name company. But kudos for the public recall, track-back, manufacturing fix and very visible support. These things will happen, and it is great to see a company stand behind their products.