Nearly 2 Million Philips Light Bulbs Recalled


1.86 million Philips light bulbs have been recalled because of a defect that can cause the outer glass to fall. The three types of EnergySaver and Marathon bulbs are compact flourescent bulbs usually used in recessed lighting. The company voluntary recalled the lightbulbs after receiving reports of the glass globe falling after the adhesive that attaches it to the body of bulb fails. The defect has caused two reported injuries and three incidents of property damage.

The recalled models (R30, R40 and Par38) were manufactured between March 2007 and May 2010 by Philips Lighting Co. in Somerset, New Jersey.

“The bulbs that are being manufactured now have already had changes made to them so this is no longer an issue for them,” said company spokesperson, Silvie Casanova.

Do you have any of the affected lightbulbs? Here’s how to check -

R30: Look on the ceramic base of the bulb for model number EL/A R30 Dim 16w or check to see if the UPC on the package reads 46677 13 7076 or 46677 15 0419.

R40: Model number EL/A R40 Dim 20w on the bulb or UPC numbers 46677 13 7083 or 46677 15 0426 on the package.

Par38: Model number EL/A Par38 Dim 20w on the bulb or UPC numbers 46677 14 6443 or 46677 15 0433 on the package.

Consumers should stop using the affected bulbs and call Philips at 1-866-622-6372 or visit the company’s website at for instructions on getting a free replacement.



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