Cree Recalls 700,000 LED T8 Tubes

June 10, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

CreeCree is voluntarily recalling 700,000 of its LED T8 tubes, which it recently launched. A design flaw in the tubes could result in a burn hazard. Cree is cooperating with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada and Profeco in Mexico. Owners of the LED T8 tubes can opt for a refund or replacement lamps, which the company will begin shipping in July.

According to Cree’s recall page, “Cree is committed to the well-being of our customers and has decided to initiate a voluntary recall of a number of LED T8 replacement lamps. While known incidents are very small in relation to the number of products shipped, any potential safety issue is unacceptable.”

The design flaw involves electrical resistance between the spring contact and the printed circuit board, which may cause over-heating due to electrical arcing. The printed circuit board can overheat and cause the LED T8 lamp to melt, posing fire and burn hazards.

The Cree LED T8 replacement lamp is used indoors to replace traditional T8 fluorescent lamps and has been sold to consumers exclusively at The Home Depot and to commercial lighting customers through electrical lighting distributors from August 20, 2014 to April 30, 2015.

One comment on “Cree Recalls 700,000 LED T8 Tubes

  1. We knew this was going to happen when they released this tube. We had some of the same concerns about five years ago with overheating. A couple of the “Big Brands” wanted to jump on the bandwagon without doing enough testing and this is what happens. If you read one of their warranties, it states “Up to THREE hours of use per day”. What business is open three hours a day?!

    Our tubes have been tested on BP oil tankers for over four years now without one failure and they are still going strong. We were the first to come out with it, we have all the patents, and most importantly we are UL Listed and DLC.

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