Don’t Get Burned with LED Tubes



Don’t Get Burned!

It’s often referred to being the “Wild West” in the LED lighting market and it’s true.There are a lot of fly-by-night companies swooping in with poor quality products simply hoping to make a quick profit and then disappear before those products start failing. Extremely low pricing is one clue and exorbitant claims backed by warranties filled with exclusions is another.

Even big brand name companies have had massive failures.There was a recent recall of more than 800,000+ made in China LED tube retrofits that were deemed “fire hazards” and required that they be removed immediately.

Another noted manufacturer had outsourced LED tube retrofits and more than 50,000 units sold in the US and Canada are now being recalled as a fire hazard.

A company had an LED lamp retrofit where the plastic tubes literally dissolved in one day from the detergents used in a car wash.

Another well-known company sold LED tubes with an astounding 150% failure rate.That project had EVERY fixture fail and then over 50% of the replacement fixtures!

The comptroller of this facility pinched a penny and bought LED tubes.

The resulting fire narrowly avoided damage to $500,000 of merchandise.

He learned the hard way that the bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.

One of the LED replacement lamps that had catastrophic failure.

One of 34 LED replacement lamps that had catastrophic failure at another facility.

Don’t take a chance on putting unknown quality LED tubes into an older fixture. Some LED tubes require a complete rewiring of the fixture and/or the direct use of circuit power (bypassing the driver), which could cause fire, severe injury or death if not installed correctly. YOU ARE LIABLE!

UL Warns of Potentially Hazardous Direct Replacement LED Tube Lamps (Release No. 17PN-07) (Version  française) (Versión en español)


NORTHBROOK, Ill., July 5, 2017 — The following is a notification from UL that the Direct Replacement LED Tube lamp identified below bears an unauthorized UL Mark for the United States and Canada and may pose a fire hazard.The LED lamp does not comply with UL Standards for Safety and is not authorized to bear the UL Mark for the United States and Canada.

Name of Product: Direct Replacement LED Tube, Model: ZY-T8-18W1200 BIXX

Units:Approximately 1000

Manufacturer:James Industry Group LLC

Date of Manufacture: 2014

Hazard: Product may overheat or cause the fluorescent ballast to overheat, posing a potential fire hazard.

Identification: On the product: The product bears an unauthorized UL Mark:

UL Warns of Counterfeit UL Marks on LED Driver (Release 17PN-09) (Version  française) (Versión en español)

NORTHBROOK, Ill., June 16, 2017 — The following is a notification from UL that the LED Driver identified below bears a counterfeit UL Mark.This LED Driver has not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if the LED Driver complies with any safety   requirements.

The LED Driver may have been sold separately or packaged with a LED Light Kit.

Name of Product: LED Driver

Identification on the Product: The product is marked with a counterfeit UL Listing and Recognition Marks and the following:

LED Driver Dimmable Model: 12-18W

Input: AC 85-265V 50/60 Hz Ta: -20~65°C Tc: 85°C SAA130045EA.

Here are recent recalls from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website:

Osram Sylvania Recalls T8 LED Tubes Due to Burn Hazard Recall date: AUGUST 25,  2015

Recall number: 15-223 T-8 LED Tubes

Name of product: T8 LED lamps

Hazard: Lamps can overheat and melt, posing a burn  hazard.

Remedy: Replace

Consumer Contact: Osram Sylvania Inc. toll free at 877-423-3772 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or email or www.sylvania.comand click on the Site Map in the bottom right-hand corner, then click on “Recall Safety Information” for more information.

Recall Details Units: About 46,300 in the U.S. (an additional 8,700 sold in Canada)

Description: This recall involves SubstiTUBE IS T8 LED lamps.The recalled lamps are white, cylindrical in shape and measure 48 inches long and 1 inch in diameter.“OSRAM SubtiTUBE® IS LED T8” is printed on a silver label affixed to the end of lamps.The model number 73312-1 or 73315-1 also appears on the label beneath the statement “Compatible LED T8 for use with instant start T8 electronic ballasts.”

Incidents/Injuries: Osram Sylvania Inc. received 34 reports of overheating and melting. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the lamps, remove them from the fixture and immediately contact Osram Sylvania for a free replacement.

Sold at: Osram Sylvania industrial/commercial distributors between December 2014 and May 2015.

Importer(s): Osram Sylvania, Inc., of Danvers, Mass.

Manufactured in: South Korea

Cree Recalls LED T8 Lamps Due to Burn Hazard Recall date: JUNE 04, 2015

Recall number: 15-159 Cree® LED T8 Lamp

Recall Summary Name of product:

Cree® LED T8 replacement lamps


Electrical arcing may cause the lamp to overheat and melt, posing a burn hazard.

Remedy: Refund/Replace

Consumer Contact: Cree customer service toll-free at (888) 338-7883 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email at or online at and click on “Recalls” or go to for more information.

Report an Incident Involving this Product Recall Details

Units: About 700,000 in the U.S. (an additional 11,500 were sold in Canada)

Description: 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 includ- ed in the recall are listed below:

CONSUMER Product Number Description                                                                                                                                          UPC

BT848-17027FLW-BDG13-1C100                   Linear  LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 1700 Lm, 2700K – US           849665002932

BT848-17040FLW-BDG13-1C100                   Linear  LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 1700 Lm, 4000K – US           849665002154

COMMERCIAL Product Number       Description

LEDT8P-48-21L-35K Linear LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 2100 Lm, 3500K LEDT8P-48-21L-40K Linear LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 2100 Lm, 4000K LEDT8P-48-17L-35K       Linear LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 1700 Lm, 3500K

LEDT8P-48-17L-40K Linear LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 1700 Lm, 4000K (LEDT8P-48-17L-30K Linear LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 1700 Lm, 3000K LEDT8P-48-17L-50K       Linear LED T8 Replacement Lamp, 4 Ft, 1700 Lm, 5000K

Date Codes: Any of the above product numbers with any of the following date codes are affected: 3314, 3414, 3514, 3614, 3714, 3814, 3914, 4014, 4114, 4214, 4314, 4414, 4514, 4614, 4714, 4814, 4914, 5014, 5114, 5214, 0115,

0215, 0315, 0415, 0515, 0615, 0715, 0815, 0915, 1015, 1115, 1215, 1315, 1415, 1515, 1615.

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

Remedy: 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.

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.

Importer(s): Cree Inc., of Durham, N.C.

Distributor(s): Cree Inc., of Durham, N.C.

Manufactured in:China

Cree Recalls LED Light Fixtures Due to Laceration Hazard (Recall Alert) Recall date: AUGUST 26, 2014

Recall number: 14-746

Recalled CXB Series LED Light Fixture Recall Summary

Name of product: LED High-Bay Luminaires

Hazard: The glass lens on the fixture can break, posing a laceration hazard.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: Cree Technical Support toll-free at (800) 425-4653 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or or online at www.cree.comand click on “Support” and then “CXB Series Recall” for more information.

Recall Details Units: About 10,000

Description: This recall involves CXB Series LED high-bay indoor light fixtures with model numbers CXB-23L-40K-U-1-HC and CXB-23L-40K-U-1-JP.The light fixtures are used in airport, industrial, municipal, and retailer settings, are silver colored, have a tempered glass lens and measure about 16 inches x 18 inches x 7 inches.The affected  products can be identified by the manufacturing lot number found underneath the UPC label on the rim of the  fixture.  Only products with a manufacturing lot number starting with the following codes are  included in this recall:

AG45, AG48, AG49, AG50, AG51, AG52

AH01, AH02, AH03, AH04, AH05, AH06, AH07, AH08, AH09, AH10, AH11, AH12, AH13, AH14, AH15, AH16, AH17, AH18

L1H01, L1H02, L1H03, L1H04, L1H05, L1H06, L1H07, L1H08, L1H09, L1H10, L1H11, L1H12, L1H13, L1H14, L1H15, L1H16, L1H17, L1H18

The Cree logo, model number and 23000 lumens are printed on UL label on the rim of the fixture.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 15 reports of the tempered glass lens breaking. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy: Stop using the light fixtures immediately and contact Cree for free replacements. Cree is contacting purchasers directly.

Sold at: Wholesale electrical distributors and lighting contractors to businesses from January 2014 through April 2014 for approximately $350.

Importer: Cree Inc., of Durham, N.C.

Manufactured in China

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to help ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters.

*Originally posted by MaxLite on August 1, 2017*