Defective Pur-Lite 15 Watt CFLs
I thought this picture (below) might be of interest to you. I'm
trying to find information on the manufacture of these light bulbs
as I fear these lights may be unsafe if left unattended.
I have a bulb that melted in my lamp (see picture below) and the
only information I can find is your website that showed pictures
of a very similar light bulbs that did the same thing. I have a
pur-lite 15 watt bulb with the product code of SUX-070-01 and I
cannot find a contact number anywhere. I even called Canadian Tire
head office and they couldn't help me.
I found your site while doing a search for this particular bulb
after replacement. What I found when I removed this was startling.
This bulb was installed in an open wall mounted sconce type fixture,
so there was free air circulation all round the bulb. It was installed
in a new building - construction was completed in July 2005, so
this lasted for approx. 6 months. The bulbs operated continuously
in a public area of my building and I chose this type of bulb to
lower the electrical demand. I now have in the order of 90 bulbs
to check and/or replace if they are in similar condition to this
one. The photos speak for themselves (see picture below).
Ian, Yellowknife, NT
I have come across your writings recently and would like to share
a picture (see below) and comment regarding Pur Lite spirals. I
was taking my dog for a walk and noticed the lights in the garage
flickering. Upon entering the garage I could smell something electrical
burning. The bulb in the garage door opener was actually smouldering
and glowing. You can see the result in the picture I have attached.
These were purchased at Canadian Tire in Ontario,Canada. I have
since removed over 20 of these bulbs from my home. The bulb is a
Pur Lite 15w model # SUX-070-01. Somewhat ironic that the first
3 letters of the model # are ''SUX''.
Glenn, Alliston Ontario Canada
I would like add to you responses on this article. We had replaced
our entire house with the CFL's purchased at Canadian Tire a year
or so ago. They where the Pur-Lite 15 Watt Spirals SSX-070-00. Since
we put them in we have had a problem with these bulbs continuing
to flash every 5 minutes or so after being turned off. This continues
for 1/2 hour or more. This freaked me out enough but that is not
where it ends. We had one of the bulbs burn at the base just as
you are showing in your article (see picture below). It was VERY
hot and did not cool for quite a while. I feel that had I not been
home and found it in time to take appropriate action it would have
turned into a very tragic ending. There was a lot of smoke and a
very strong smell. Needless to say I have removed them all. Is it
possible for you to tell me a brand name and model of one of these
bulbs that you would feel comfortable putting in your home. I still
want to take advantage of saving energy, but I am highly spectacle.
Here are the pictures of that bulb that caught fire in my socket.
You'll notice on picture (see below) the big chunk that flew out
of it. I am going to peruse this issue!
I had another CFL's go up in smoke this one was in a open lamp,
it was the same brand (Purlite 15 Watt). I thought I had taken them
all out, I missed this one, its not hard to find them, they smoke
for about a minute and then you can visually find them, the last
time I contacted UL, their comment was if I didn't get a shock or
there was no actual fire or damage from a fire they really couldn't
care less, I also contacted the local fire station, I talked to
a fire inspector, he was not concerned at all, only if it had manufactures
recall, and if there was a fire to call the fire hall, the last
people I contacted was Sask Energy-power they promote energy savings
a recommend using CLF's I deleted there e-mail, but it said they
are a good energy saver and an odd bad one doesn't out weigh the
savings, that's fine if its not his house or family, I find it amazing
the lack of concern these government and local services have, how
many did this company sell???
I purchased two 4-packs of the Pur-lite 15 watt spiral lamps (Pro-9000X)
from Canadian Tire, and was somewhat surprised at the colour temperatures
they produced. In the article, you mentioned that your samples had
colour temperatures of 2900 & 4000 degrees Kelvin, which is
in line with what the manufacturer's description of the light would
suggest. However, the lamps I purchased seem to differ from this.
The lamps labelled "Soft White Elite" (with the silver
base), produce the same cooler colour as all the 4000 to 4100 degree
lamps I have. Hardly what one expects from a "Soft White"
lamp; I think "Cool White" more accurately describes my
samples. The gold base "Brite White Elite" lamp produces
a very cool, blue "daylight" look, definitely over 5000
degrees. While I actually prefer the cooler colours in my workshop
or utility areas, it wasn't what I expected from the description
on the packaging. They will not be used in my normal living areas
because the light is very cold in comparison to the 2700 degree
and 3000 degree lamps used throughout the house.
Dave Palanycia, Winnipeg, Manitoba
I do not have the particulars for the operation of this lamp (hours,
location, etc.) because it was given to me by a friend and comes
from his parents house. I believe it may come from a ceiling-fan/light-fixture
combination in a kitchen. I am a fire investigator and he knew it
would be of interest to me. The product details are legible in the
photos, which speak for themselves.
Matt from Ontario
I am going to pass on your ongoing article to friends and family
and send you the following photos (below) of a Pur-Lite SSX-070-00
(bought at Canadian Tire); which caught on fire in my house. I killed
the fire by turning off the light switch; the fire did not trip
the circuit in my electrical panel. I then removed the bulb and
managed to break a part of the light bulb when it dropped out of
my oven mitt (burnt my hand through the glove it was so hot). If
I wasn't at home at the time to put out the fire...I assume I would
have come home to ashes…SCARY!
Stan from Canada
Not sure if you are still involved with the CFL safety problem
- but we just had one burn out last evening (PurLite 15Watt model
SSX-070-00 Pure Natural Soft - White Elite) if we had not been home
- it would have resulted in a tragic fire. It was glowing red hot
- smoking - was located in an open light fixture - am attaching
a picture of same - I have already sent in a complaint to UL - which
after reading a note on your site - they probably aren't interested.
The bulb (SSX-070-99 15 watt) was in the stage of burning out,
smoke filled the room, the base of the bulb was charred where the
swirl meets. Thankful for us to be home at the time, this could
and would have caused a fire. Because of this we have discontinued
the use. Kelley
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