About a half hour ago, my kids and I were sitting watching “Undercover Boss” (love that show!) when the light in our family room started flickering. Within about 20 seconds, the light went dark and I assumed the bulb had burned out. I didn’t turn off the light switch. About 10 seconds later, sparks started flying, and smoke billowed from the bulb. My son quickly turned the light switch off, and the sparks stopped, but smoke still flowed and it stunk like burned rubber (I guess it wasn’t burned rubber…but it sure smelled like it!). I waited about 15 minutes and took the bulb out. Here’s what it looked like:
Boy, was I thankful we were home. If we would have left that light on and gone out, our house would have most definitely been gone when we returned.
I Googled “CFL light bulbs fire hazard,” and saw that some bulbs from China can pose a risk, but not reputable US brands. I then searched for the brand of our light bulb: “Raywa.” Well, guess what? Our light bulb was manufactured in China!
I wanted to share this info with all of you, as I am sure many of you have these light bulbs in your homes. I don’t know what the likelihood of something like this happening is, but please, if you have this brand of light bulb, just get rid of them! I am replacing all the bulbs in my house!
Please share this with your friends and spread the word to check the brand of CFL light bulbs to ensure they are not manufactured in China.