Cree Inc., of Durham, N.C., has recalled its Cree® LED T8 replacement lamps. Electrical arcing may cause the lamp to overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard. 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 affected units are marked as “BT848 Series Lamp” with the product part number on the lamp itself or printed on a white label affixed to the lamp. A four-digit date code is printed on the lamp under a statement that reads “Compatible with Instant Start, Rapid Start and Dimmable Electronic Ballasts.” Product numbers and UPC codes printed on the product packaging included in the recall can be viewed here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Cree-Recalls-LED-Lamps/. Cree has received four reports of the lamps overheating and melting. No injuries have been reported.
The lamps were sold at The Home Depot® nationwide and to commercial lighting customers through electrical distributors from August 2014 through April 2015 for about $22 per tube. Consumers should immediately stop using, disconnect or switch off the fixture, remove the recalled T8 LED lamp, put it in a safe place and contact the firm to receive a full refund or replacement lamp. Contact Cree customer service toll-free at 888-338-7883 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email at T8LED@cree.com or online at www.cree.com and click on “Recalls” or go to www.cree.com/recall for more information.
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