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GE Helical 15W, 120VAC 60HZ 230mA, FLE15HT3/2/SW
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GE Appliances & Lighting    
Soft White Helical 15W, 120VAC 60HZ 230mA, FLE15HT3/2/SW
I bought about 6 GE Hg Helical 15w light bulbs a couple of years ago to save money on energy costs, as the government recommends. These light bulbs promise to last 5 years. Since being installed, several of them have not only burned out, but they have started to arch and smoke just before they burn out. They left a smoky smell in my apartment when they do burn out. The base of these light bulbs indicate burned or smoke marks on them when I have removed them. I wonder if fires have been started because of these defective bulbs? I have noticed several other complaints about these bulbs posted online.
Incident, No Injury
I will hold this product incase you need to inspect it.
Comment from GE Appliances & Lighting 11/7/2011
GE compact fluorescent lights are designed to meet GE’s and third-party safety requirements. In some cases, electronic components in the CFL’s base may wear out in a way that will result in some smoke, odor, or discoloration (browning) of the plastic housing. When this occurs, it can result in an audible "popping" or "sizzling" sound. The CFL’s housing is specifically designed to prevent the plastic or worn-out components from igniting. GE CFLs meet GE and UL standards, which require the housing materials to be self–extinguishing. It is the nature of fire retardant materials to exhibit some deformation or discoloration in a protective mode, and this is an indication that the product’s safety design worked as it should have.

For additional guidance on CFL safety design and end-of-life issues, please see UL’s website:

Please also see GE Lighting’s website for additional information on CFLs

Consumers looking for additional information should contact GE toll free at 1-800-GELIGHT (1-800-435-4448), or contact customer care on GE Lighting’s website and click on “Contact Us”.

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