Recall on Exploding Metal Halide Lamps  

The most common recall on electrical items in the states is due to the risk of receiving electric shocks, so it pays to be vigilant when checking if your products are malfunctioning or need to be recalled. This is especially true if you’re installing electronic items in large numbers. In terms of recalls on electronics, they’re overall not very successful, meaning a number of products out there could potentially be unsafe. This is why it’s important to check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website on a regular basis.

Philips Energy Advantage Ceramic Metal Halide Lamps

In May of this year, Philips Energy Advantage Ceramic Metal Halide Lamps were recalled.  The reason for this recall is that the outer bulbs were found to be at risk of shattering creating a fire and laceration hazard, due to the heated internal pieces of glass falling. This is an expanded recall, and applies to any model CDM330 manufactured or sold from May 2011 to 2014.

These lamps were created as an energy efficient alternative to the 400W quartz metal halide lamps, which are mounted in magnetic ballasts. The lamps tend to be used in industrial and commercial settings, and are installed in high ceilings. They were available in both clear and coated varieties. The date code can be found at the base of the lamp, with a number and letter denoting the year and month. There were 256,000 sold, which does not include the previous recall in May 2016 of 87,000. There have been twelve incidents of this product shattering, one of which created a fire. There have been no reported injuries.

If you have installed the recalled lamp, you should stop using it and contact Philips immediately. You will be provided a free replacement. You can report your recalled lamps by emailing, visiting their website (click on the professionals option and then on recalls) or calling 866-253-5503. The recall number is 17-100.