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Commercial Electric 23 Watt SPIRAL CFL
model EDXO-23 with a potential safety hazard

I saw your page and thought you might want a copy of this. Its a Commercial Electric from a chain pull, down facing, uncovered lamp base. I think this bulb is about 6 months old running 75% percent of time (about 3,285 hours). I couldn't see any damage when it was working, but when it burned out I noticed the heat damage at the base. If it's hot enough to melt the plastic base it seems there is a potential fire hazard. There is nothing on the bulb that says it should not be installed upside down. Obviously it didn't last 7 years (or 10,000 hours). If it was a clock radio that showed melting or smelled, it would be recalled in a second. It seems the least the bulb should have is some kind of thermal overload protection, that would shut itself off before it got too hot to cause any damage. I have all but given up on CFLs. They may save electricity, but they sure don't last 7 years. Even the CFL flood I tried only lasted a couple of months.



FYI we have a Commercial Electric 23W EDXO-23 that has burned out in a ceiling fan fixture after only about 10 months of perhaps and hour a day (300 hours). The other one is still burning. Thanks,

Timothy in LeClaire, IA

Over the past two years I have been buying Commercial Electric CFL bulbs and have been very disappointed. To date 3 bulbs have failed and the last one overheated and burnt the plastic housing filling my bedroom with acrid smoke. The bulb did not shut down and continued to smoke until I shut down power. The model number of the bulbs failing is EDXO-23. What really spooked me about this issue was this bulb was directly over my bed. When I saw the plastic beginning to melt and start too bubble I turned off the power. I don’t know if the bulb would have begun dripping burning plastic or not, but if it had then it would have fallen onto the bed blankets producing a possible fire hazard. Notice the bulb got hot enough to crack the glass near the melted area (see picture below).

Steve from City of Casper, Wyoming


I found your website after a Commercial Electric CFL smoked above me in our home office. I've attached pictures of the bulb. It was Commercial Electric Model# C8PESL23TM, purchased at home depot last year. Thanks for providing such a great site with so much information.


Commercial electric CFL #CBPESL23TM from Home Depot. I also have the same problem as pictured on the site. In fact the burn marks are in the exact position. I have had no luck for weeks with the toll free number on the base and no response from the internet. Do you know of any contact for this company?
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Thanks for replying. I finally heard from the company Friday. They (Commercial Electric) were not too helpful, if fact I could tell she was reading from a script when I described my trouble. She said it was due to the ballast becoming lose during shipping and normal use. To me that is a defect. I was not that concerned about the warranty but more for safety. The numbers I used to contact... 800-543-3348 x119 Maria


Thought you might like another couple of pictures of the Commercial Electric 23 Watt SPIRAL CFL model EDXO-23 - seems to be a theme developing here. Looks like I'm going to have to replace all mine.


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