regilio marto: happened to me 5 times already!!!
Steve Savage: CFL's are supposed to have internal fusing, but with every one of them made
in China, you see a lot of hand-soldering done there and mistakes are made.
Tyler Effinger: This just happened to a Sylvania 23W 120V bulb that I had in a normal
socket in my bathroom. Flipped the switch, heard a weird crackling sound,
looked up and saw thin smoke streaming from the fixture. Immediately
turned off the switch and removed the bulb.
This is SCARY!!!! What would have happened if I left the room with the
light on?!?! I'm really curious now, and I might find a safe test area to
try this out. I could easily see this catching a lamp shade on fire if
left long enough.
Dean Bruckner: Same thing happened to me this evening. SYLVANIA 30W 120V 60 Hz
DF30EL/TWIST with code G505 stamped on it. I'll be removing all of these
from my house and ordering regular incandescent bulbs from Canada if I need
This once again shows that politicians in Washington DC are incompetent to
make decisions like this for all Americans. They can't even pass a budget
or keep from spending money like drunken sailors, and they tell us which
kind of unsafe light bulbs we must have in our house? Ridiculous!
Dean Bruckner, Ph.D., P.E., Electrical Engineer
Chilly Dippers: If that bulb was sold in North America then it won't burn. I dare you try
and get it to catch fire with a blow torch. Yes is will melt and stink, but
when you remove the torch the plastic will will extinguish within seconds.
Anthony Catalano: It happen to me also.
Vanessa Lopez: That happen to me not that long ago. In fact more like an hour and a half
ago. The smell of it burning was really bad. It took us a while to figure
out it was the CFLs from my desk lap.
Ben Hutchinson: If I had a 1 in 1-million chance of my house burning down, I'd probably be
more likely to die from a car wreck (or even in a plane crash). I think
even the chance of being struck by lightning is 1 in 100,000 (10 times
greater than 1 out of 1-million) . If I stopped doing everything that could
kill me or burn down my house that had a 1 in 1-million chance of doing so,
I'd be so scared I'd never do ANYTHING (not go outside for a walk, not use
my computer, etc). I'd be living in the STONE AGE!!!!
Keelhaul52: Does CFL stand for Chinese Fire Lights?
sonianight: Hi this just happen with one of the lights in my ceiling fan above my bed.
Was sitting in bed watching tv then started smelling burnt plastic. My cat
started freaking out and sniffing the air well found out what it was when
hot plastic landed on my hand and the light went out. The only thing is I
smelled the plastic burning first before the light turned its self off. The
brand of the bulb I was using is Satco. Does anyone know what should be
done because these lights are not cheap.
Ben Hutchinson: Should we stop saving the environment just because a few people had bad
experiences with these? No house ever burned to the ground because of one
of these. Even if a few did, it would make up only a tiny percentage of
house fires. Just because a few people are complaining, even if several
HUNDRED are complaining. That's a VERY SMALL fraction of 1% of the total US
population (of the US population, like 99% have at least one of these in
alexmacelectronics: I had this happen but much worse about two years ago in my ceiling fan.
However, there is one type of CFL that can never burn up like this. It is a
Magnetic Preheat CFL (2 Part lamp- Ballast and bulb can separate). You can
buy the ballasts from 5-22 watts from Enertron. Then you can buy any kind
of 2 pin PL tube you need (in the same wattage). I use them and they are
great. But they do not turn on immediately and they do blink a bit when
turning on but a dead tube will just continue to blink en
Ls Q1: So yesterday then same thing happened to me, my bulbs were also sylvania
bulbs. I have 12 in my home and I looked at the other and they are also on
the way to doing the same thing. I think this ia b.s. and if we have enough
people with the same problems we may have something here..
RCM442: Electrodes overheating at EOL, pretty common, even with the most expensive
ones! That's why I don't use them, but I've had Sylvania one's burn out and
just go out, not do this!
84randomdude: Use LED's!!
electrictroy2010: @bigwigtom You mean I have to spend 8 dollars for expensive CFL bulbs
instead of 40 cents for the old-fashioned (and safe) bulbs??? How is that
supposed to save me money? . From my electrical engineering viewpoint,
moving to CFLs is as illogical as throwing-out your iPod and going back to
cassettes. CFLs are an *inferior* technology compared to the simplicity of
glowing incandescent bulbs .
bigwigtom: Solution: Don't buy cheap and crappy CFLs.
sithwarrior: just happened to me, was looking around Google and found this
Matthew Iverson: The same EXACT thing just happened to me!! OMG!
mushprin21: Is daill a good bulb company?
jgadrillana: Happen in our home tonight bu the burn was worse verdict CFLs are not worth
the savings in electricity. Anyways how much green house gas is really
saved by using such a dangerous product. Global warming from humans is just
a theory anuways.
Mercury1955: @BenHutchinson321 I don't think it's that small given I don't have many and
had two go..................
Tnat1on: Aren't they supposed to work for 10+years?
PipeOrganistSC: This comment will probably get voted down, but just let me run something by
everyone: Why is the government trying to mandate that we use potentially
hazardous lightbulbs in our homes, hospitals, and places of business? It is
obvious that there are serious flaws with CFL's. Some say that they could
even cause cancer. Call me a whistle-blowing lunatic, but are CFL's an
abstract method of population control? I think it very well could be.
macsrule94: I have had at least 4 of the Sylavania ones do this. I contacted them and
they had me mail it back and promised to send a coupon for a free one at
Lowes. Well I never got the coupon and they don't respond to emails either.
These greenies seem to care more about the environment than peoples safety.
If one of these bulbs bust near you it isn't good. Damn Al Gore. I'll buy
LED ones or incandescent ones in the future!
rb bs: ok I read all the posts, just had this happen the other night right in
front of my family, good thing I was home and awake. I bought the hype,
green, less energy....blah blah. I hope benhutchinson is being funny
because this is an enormous fiasco for a whole list of reasons: 1- the fire
risk 2-the cost to buy 3-the cost to manufacture 4-the cost of disposal 5 -
the issue of wasted energy=heat (I live in the great white north so heat
from my lights is not a problem) not done there's more
c1umpdud: Watch out! There are toxic chemicals and heavy metals in those new CFL
Matt3756: This happened to me just now, thats how I found this video. Luckily I was
in my room at the time because my house would have caught fire. I saw the
bulb turning red and starting to flame. I am off to the hardware store to
file a claim.
The Wretched Stare: This just happened to me and I was about to leave the house, I am replacing
them all with LED and incandescent bulbs!!
oldradio16: cfl bulbs will continue to get worse each one has its own power supply and
uses the cheapest possible componets. In china there are basicly no safty
standards. I found one that didnt even have the fuse - fuse resistor in it
the power supply caps exploded
Chris Tee: Just had a 30w Lyvia branded burn out (literally) after 3 months of (most)
evening use. As usual the tube was fine and likely would have 'gone the
distance' but the electronics were totally fried. Sounded like a fire
cracker and stank my place out for a day. Now trying those Xenon GLS
billio steam: Wow so many " Same thing happened to me" posts.Well let me just say I have
been using these bulbs in my houses for over 15 years .Started using them
when they first came out,and NEVER had any problems ! Make sure they are UL
certified, and you won't have a problem .
ct1660: That's what happens when CFL's are made in CHINA.
David Micklow: You can always get an LED bulb. They're expensive but they're so much safer
than CFLs and incandescents. And they last way longer.
roll2996: This happened to me also. I thought I had an electrical fire on the house
and called the fire department. It ended up being the cfl burning out. And
no , it was not on a dimmer. This is how CFLs can sometimes burn out. I am
getting rid of them!
droids man: The bulb didnt do this. She put a lighter up to the plastic to give it a
burnt look. This has never happend to any of my wonderful CFL bulbs all
Gordon Freeman: I think CFLs wouldn't catch fire if they made them with a metal case for
the electronics instead of the plastic case.In my cfl the transistor
overheated and unsoldered itself from the pcb and yeah it did smell
John Strickland: Go back to incondescents, let LEDs prove themselves and come down in price.
Btw, when they burn up sometimes the bulbs crack releasing mercury vapor
and contaminating your house. The government is demented for pushing these
things and not putting cleanup instructions and warning symbols on them.
Last time I checked the warning symbol was a green leaf lol
Mat: Same thing happened to me. It's totally unsafe.
Ben Hutchinson: In other words, of the total people who have at least one of these, the
rate of catastrophic failures is SO SMALL, that it doesn't warrant the
stoppage of using these bulbs. They save the environment. Less power drain
= less coal burned at power plants = less CO2 going into the air = less
global warming = less powerful hurricanes = less cities destroyed by
hurricanes = less people dying. The number of lives saved by using these
FAR outweighs the risk of a few house fires.
MsPhoxy: I had this same exact thing happen to me today and it freaked me out!
Really awful smell. I brought it down to the fire house and they said it is
not uncommon-what?Huh? I am like the poster, I will never allow these in my
home ever again. Too dangerous/toxic.
Mark Levy: Green nails?
SlightyDisturbedNBK: @numonik99 "hazmat disposal" You mean your local recycling centre, way to
blow it out of proportion. I've broken a few of these bulbs, just ventilate
the room and clean it up, no need to be so paranoid about a bloody
droids man: Oh but they will grace your doors again. Soon they will be your only
Kombreak: @stickedU this happened to me last night. its not fake!
1988tq: @Tnat1on I haven't had one last over 5 years (except for those I don't use
mysynthesis: The amount of mercury in a single bulb is not enough to be dangerous unless
you directly consume (eat) it. If you break 100 of them, that's a different
story. Clean up is pretty simple - dustpan and broom, and optionally using
duct tape to pick up small fragments. Some people suggest airing out the
room, which is advisable but not crucial as the same amount of mercury can
be found in a can of tuna fish.
MALI1185: Sue the company!
andycflbulb: @stickedU yeah ive seen it happen on youtube and seen bulbs like this, but
after the fact in person
randacnam7321: tl;dr: That is because all of the emitter is sputtered off of the electrode
on the burnt end of the discharge tube. Because the crappy ballast has no
end of life protection, it does not detect the increase in the discharge
tube potential difference due to the high cathode fall on the burnt end.
The increased cathode fall causes substantial resistive heating of the
burnt end, and the result is what happened in the video. !tl;dr: These
lamps are garbage.