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
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"