UL Warns of Potentially Hazardous Fluorescent Ballasts (Release 12PN-08)

Northbrook, IL - March 26, 2012 - UL is notifying Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs), electrical contractors and consumers that the fluorescent ballasts identified below may pose a fire hazard. The products do not comply with UL's safety requirements for the United States or Canada.

Name of Product: Fluorescent Ballasts, Model/Cat.No: DBAG-13P2C and SY-213HPF

Number of Units: 1300


TDC Power Products Co. Ltd. TAIPEI HSIEN 221 TAIWAN

Date of Manufacture: 2003

Hazard: The fluorescent ballast may overheat posing a risk of fire.


On the product (Model No. DBAG-13P2C):

TDC Power Model No. DBAG-13P2C 120VAC 60Hz 0.30Amp Type 1 Class P, CFL High power factor For (2) PL-13W Lamps TDC Power Products Co. Ltd. 01

E181948 5G01

On the product (Cat. No. SY-213HPF):

Symban CAT. NO.: SY-213HPF 120VAC 60Hz 0.30Amp Type 1 Class P, CFL For (2) PL-13W Lamps High power factor MODEL NO: DBAG-13P2C

E181948 5G01

Oct. 2009: New Household CSA Standards for
Compact Fluorescent Lamps

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Oct 2004: UL Warning posted by Joe Hirschmugl

Underwriters' Laboratories of Canada's affiliate, Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is notifying consumers that:

Globe Mini-Spiral, 13 Watt, self-ballasted lamps bear an unauthorized UL Mark and may pose a potential fire and electric shock hazard.

Name of Product: Mini-Spiral 13 W

Units: Unknown quantity.

Manufacturer: Fujian Joinluck Electronic Enterprise Co. Ltd

Date of Manufacture: January, 2002 through April, 2003.

The date code is BHWWYY or BHWWY where WW signifies the number of the week that the product was produced and YY or Y signifies the year in which the product was manufactured.

Therefore, date code BH0702 signifies that the lamp was manufactured in the 7th week of 2002, or BH342 signifies that the lamp was manufactured in the 34th week of 2002.

Hazard: The lamps were manufactured with parts that UL did not investigate. These parts can fail and melt a hole in the enclosure, posing a fire hazard and exposing the user to hazardous voltage. These lamps are not authorized to bear the UL Mark.

Identification On the product: The units are marked “Globe Mini-Spiral, 13 W, 120V, 60Hz, 225mA.”

The products also bear an unauthorized UL Mark with the UL file number “E197131.”

What you should do: UL recommends that users stop using the lamp immediately and return it to the place of purchase.

Consumer contact:

Fujian Joinluck Electronic Enterprise Co Ltd, Cang Shan Industrial Area, Cang Shan District, Fuzhou, Fujian, 350007 China. Email at joinluck@public.fz.fj.cn.

Sold at: Retailers in the United States and Canada.

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for more than 110 years. UL tests more than 18,000 types of products annually, and more then 19 billion UL Marks appear on products each year. Worldwide, UL’s family of companies and its network of service providers include 60 laboratory, testing and certification facilities.

Dec 2/04 CBC Report

Faulty light bulbs pose fire hazard, officials say Last Updated Thu, 02 Dec 2004 12:17:09 EST

CALGARY - Thousands of defective compact fluorescent light bulbs that have been sold across the country could short-circuit and cause fires, safety officials warn.

The bulbs have led to two fires in Alberta alone. Globe mini-spiral 13 watt fluorescent bulb.

One bulb short-circuited in the home of a Fort Saskatchewan man, said Betty Lynn Akins, who investigates fires for the local fire department.

"He was having a nap at the time and it did activate his smoke alarm, so that made him aware there was an issue in his home."

No one was injured and the fire was quickly extinguished, she said, but "it could have been a lot worse."

The bulbs are made by a company in China and are labelled as "Globe mini-spiral 13 watts."

They also are stamped with a label reading "UL" or "Underwriters Laboratories," referring to a respected global firm that tests product reliability and safety.

However, the lamps were manufactured with parts that UL did not investigate. These parts can fail and melt a hole in the enclosure, posing a fire hazard.

The bulbs were sold across North America for more than a year, so thousands may have been installed in Canadian homes.

The Product Safety Branch of Health Canada is responsible for investigating and warning the public about some hazardous products.

The agency does not investigate electrical devices, though, so it's up to the provinces to warn consumers who may have the defective bulbs in their homes.

Written by CBC News Online staff

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