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    True or False

    Received this from a friend!! For what it is worth

    Any truth to this?
    Below is a picture of a CFL light bulb from my bathroom. I turned it on

    the other day and then smelled smoke after a few minutes. Four inch

    flames were spewing out of the side of the ballast like a blow torch!

    I immediately turned off the lights. But I'm sure it would have caused

    a fire if I was not right there. Imagine if the kids had left the lights on

    as usual when they were not in the room.

    I took the bulb to the Fire Department today to report the incident.

    The Fireman wasn't at all surprised and said that it was not an

    uncommon occurrence. Apparently, sometimes when the bulb burns

    out there is a chance that the ballast can start a fire. He told me

    that the Fire Marshall had issued reports about the dangers of these

    bulbs.

    Upon doing some Internet research, it seems that bulbs made by Globe

    in China seem to have the lion's share of problems. Lots of fires have

    been blamed on misuse of CFL bulbs, like using them in recessed lighting,

    pot lights, dimmers or in track lighting. Mine was not in any of those.

    It was a normal light socket.

    I bought these at Wal-Mart. I will be removing all the Globe bulbs from

    my house. I have not decided yet if we are going back to incandescent

    bulbs at this point.

    I have these all over my house but not by "Globe"

    dick
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    Typical Chinese product. Big business in this country is selling us out to the lowest bidder. We've spent decades developing a safe consumer product environment here in this country and now we import crap like this.

    Somethings wrong...:mad:
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    Never seen it, but I definately believe it.

    That story's been floating around the internet for a while. I'm sure it's a true story
    It depends on what the meaning of "is" is.

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    Here is an interesting thread on CFL's related to your's.

    http://forums.mikeholt.com/showthread.php?p=1025494
    "Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


    Derék

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    Quote Originally Posted by dicklaxt View Post
    Received this from a friend!! For what it is worth

    Any truth to this?
    Below is a picture of a CFL light bulb from my bathroom. I turned it on

    the other day and then smelled smoke after a few minutes. Four inch

    flames were spewing out of the side of the ballast like a blow torch!

    I immediately turned off the lights. But I'm sure it would have caused

    a fire if I was not right there. Imagine if the kids had left the lights on

    as usual when they were not in the room.

    I took the bulb to the Fire Department today to report the incident.

    The Fireman wasn't at all surprised and said that it was not an

    uncommon occurrence. Apparently, sometimes when the bulb burns

    out there is a chance that the ballast can start a fire. He told me

    that the Fire Marshall had issued reports about the dangers of these

    bulbs.

    Upon doing some Internet research, it seems that bulbs made by Globe

    in China seem to have the lion's share of problems. Lots of fires have

    been blamed on misuse of CFL bulbs, like using them in recessed lighting,

    pot lights, dimmers or in track lighting. Mine was not in any of those.

    It was a normal light socket.

    I bought these at Wal-Mart. I will be removing all the Globe bulbs from

    my house. I have not decided yet if we are going back to incandescent

    bulbs at this point.

    I have these all over my house but not by "Globe"

    dick



    Just out of being curious, was is horizontal or vertical?
    Working out of the 2008 NEC

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    Wow, read the post on the link and wonder why they are going to fuses that are safer and less like to explode but CFLs are exspected to go up in flames at the end of their life....never seen it myself, but am not completely sold on them either. But, also know how magnetic ballast end up at the end of their life span (smelly) but usually they are in a fixture that is not going to go up in flames...Hey, if they burn up that is less waste in the dump :-?

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    Me Too

    Here is a picture of a simular failure. Not Globe, but it was made in China. Even comes with a UL Label. Goes out in a blaze of glory. Maybe this is the government back-up plan to re-ignite the housing market ?

    This bulb was mounted horizontally.

    This happened in my livingroom, not on the net. I still have the bulb.
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    Don't these bulbs have a mercury component inside? My understanding is that they do. To those of you that have kids, is it ok that this smoke goes into the air they breathe? I ask this since heavy metals poisoning poses a greater danger to infants and children than they do to adults, since their nervous systems are still developing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelGP3 View Post
    Don't these bulbs have a mercury component inside?
    Yes.

    Here is a little info on them.

    http://www.energystar.gov/ia/partner...et_Mercury.pdf

    I think the clean up procedures in the link are a bit much, but I do not have kids nor work around them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelGP3 View Post
    Don't these bulbs have a mercury component inside? My understanding is that they do. To those of you that have kids, is it ok that this smoke goes into the air they breathe? I ask this since heavy metals poisoning poses a greater danger to infants and children than they do to adults, since their nervous systems are still developing.
    The mercury is sealed inside of the glass and the burning ballast does not let it out. Also there is far less mercury in a CF than in a standard fluorescent lamp.
    Don, Illinois
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