CFL's and Fire Hazard

jak1(4 Ontario Can)May 27, 2009

Check out my post on the Perennials Forum....



Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jak1(4 Ontario Can)

Never mind - it got yanked already.

Our smoke alarms have been going off at odd hours and we have been unable to find the cause.

Recently the light in TCS's room burned out. When DH went to change the bulb today, he found that the "twisty" CFL that we had installed was yellow around the base of the bulb and the base itself was burned and black with a hole melted in it.

Researching this on the net indicates that this is not uncommon and is generally not a fire hazard. Nonetheless, we are uncomfortable with this and we will be contacting our local fire department and are removing all of the CFL's that we have installed in the house. Note that this was not a dimmer switch installation (CFL's are usually not to be used with dimmer switches).

If you have CFL's in your house (and most people do by now) be sure to check them regularly for signs of yellowing, melting, or overheating and replace them at once if there are any such indications.

I will try to post a photo of the burned out bulb tomorrow.



    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 10:01PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gardenbug(Canada zone 5)

Hey, I answered over there!

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 10:08PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I hate CFLs and have been stockpiling incandescants . I'm a light bulb survivalist , lol.

Kathy in Napa

    Bookmark   May 27, 2009 at 11:20PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I didn't see this until now.

I have been diligently replacing all my incandescents - and I'm not terribly excited about the result. The light is okay, but my biggest complaint is that they don't last as many "years" as advertised.

Thank you for the heads up on this....I will keep an eye out for this!

    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 2:09PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
deanneart(z5Southern NH)

Thanks for the heads up about the problems Julie. Like Saucy, we've been replacing all the bulbs in the house.
But I've also found that they don't last anywhere near as long as they should.


    Bookmark   May 28, 2009 at 5:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Jerri_OKC(z7 Ok)

I'm late finding this. I'm with Kathy on this one. We are out in the country and have frequent very short power flickers. The CFLs burn out very quickly, sometimes in a couple of days. ARGH! Maybe they will 'improve' them but in the mean time we are stocking up on incandescents.


P.S. I can't begin to count the number of people I've heard that are just throwing these in the landfill. :(

    Bookmark   May 29, 2009 at 12:22PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Establishing perennials beyond the reach of hoses
I was wondering about peoples tactics for establishing...
wantonamara Z8 CenTex last! Snowdrops!
I was just looking out the living room window, wondering...
woodyoak zone 5 Canada
Zone 10b: Dog Friendly Ground Covering (Creeping Perennial)
I am considering replacing our front lawn (in a gated,...
Troubles with new Campanula Carpatica (Blue Clips)
I will start by saying that I am a pretty new gardener....
What groundcover would you mix with Helleborus?
I'd like to plant a new bed of hellebores, but I'm...
magpiepix 5b/6a
Sponsored Products
Darlee Victoria Wicker Chaise Lounge - 501210-33
$604.99 | Hayneedle
Kole 3-Light Drum Pendant
Modern Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Chandra Rugs Stone Grey/Charcoal 5 ft. x 7 ft.
Home Depot
Darlee Santa Monica Glider Loveseat - DL2056-2/102
$809.99 | Hayneedle
Haeger Potteries Cylinder Wheat Grass Table Lamp
Lamps Plus
Earth Bamboo Giclee Bronze CFL Ceiling Light
Lamps Plus
Ming Single Gourd Vase
$79.00 | FRONTGATE
Contemporary Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Chandra Rugs Rupec Navy/Beige 5 ft. x 7
Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™