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MRO Counterfeit Alert: Light bulbs pose hazard

Thirteen-watt spiral mini-fluorescent light bulbs from China may pose shock and fire hazards, according to an annou...


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November 5, 2004
By MRO Magazine

Thirteen-watt spiral mini-fluorescent light bulbs from China may pose shock and fire hazards, according to an announcement from Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

The UL, an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization, is notifying retailers and consumers in the U.S. and Canada that Globe Mini-Spiral, 13 Watt, self-ballasted lamps bear an unauthorized UL Mark and may pose a potential fire and electric shock hazard.

Following are the specific details as per UL’s instructions:

Name of Product: Mini-Spiral 13 W

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Units: Unknown quantity

Manufacturer: Fujian Joinluck Electronic Enterprise Co. Ltd

Date of Manufacture: January, 2002 through April, 2003. The date code is BHWWYY or BHWWY where WW signifies the number of the week that the product was produced and YY or Y signifies the year in which the product was manufactured. Therefore, date code BH0702 signifies that the lamp was manufactured in the 7th week of 2002, or BH342 signifies that the lamp was manufactured in the 34th week of 2002.

Hazard: The lamps were manufactured with parts that UL did not investigate. These parts can fail and melt a hole in the enclosure, posing a fire hazard and exposing the user to hazardous voltage. These lamps are not authorized to bear the UL Mark.

Identification: The units are marked “Globe Mini-Spiral, 13 W, 120V, 60Hz, 225mA.” The products also bear an unauthorized UL Mark with the UL file number “E197131.”

What you should do: UL recommends that users stop using the lamp immediately and return it to the place of purchase.

Consumer Contact: Fujian Joinluck Electronic Enterprise Co Ltd, Cang Shan Industrial Area, Cang Shan District, Fuzhou, Fujian, 350007 China. Email at joinluck@public.fz.fj.cn.

Sold at: Retailers in the United States and Canada.