Bulb go boom

There was a fishy smell in my daughter’s room the other day. It turned out to be a burned out CFB {1}. And by burned, I mean burned.

Take a look at this bulb and tell me this doesn’t look hazardous!


Smoked CFB

The disturbing part is that there’s a UL {2} mark right on the bulb.

I contacted the manufacturer, Feit Electric. They are willing to do some testing to see what the mode of failure was. In exchange, they are sending me two replacement bulbs. I’m not sure if I should be thankful or incensed.


  1. Compact Fluorescent Bulb []
  2. independent, not-for-profit product safety testing and certification organization []

2 comments for “Bulb go boom

  1. April 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    That is a little scary to say the least!

  2. Randal
    May 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I’ve hade bulbs from Feit die like that too. I’ve noticed on them that the glass spiral was cracked. The crack might have been a symptom or the cause, I”m not sure which. What’s a small fire between friends anyways?

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