Cree Recalls LED T8 Lamps Due To Burn Hazard

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This recall involves Cree LED T8 lamps used indoors to replace traditional two pin T8 fluorescent tubes. The white lamps have a cylindrical shape and measure 48″ long.

The affected units are marked as “BT848 Series Lamp” with the product part number on the lamp itself or printed on a white label affixed to the lamp. A four digit date code is printed on the lamp under a statement that reads “Compatible with Instant Start, Rapid Start, and Dimmable Electronic Ballasts.”

Cree has received four reports of the lamps overheating and melting, however, no injuries have been reported. The units were sold at The Home Depot® nationwide and to commercial lighting customers through electrical distributors from August 2014 through April 2015 for about $22 per tube.

About 700,000 were sold in the U.S. (and an additional 11,500 were sold in Canada). Product numbers and UPC codes printed on the product packaging included in the recall are listed on the following link.

Consumers should immediately stop using the lamp, disconnect or switch off the fixture, remove the recalled T8 LED lamp, put it in a safe place, and contact the firm to receive a full refund or replacement lamp. To contact Cree, call (888) 338-7883 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, e-mail at or contact the company online at and click on “Recalls” or go to for more information.