Cfl bulb omitting odor

kamakeMarch 23, 2013

I was wondering if anyone here can answer my question..My garage was filled with a toxic odor, which I thought there was something wrong with my boiler when I discovered that a cfl bulb was burnt out and there was a red glow to base of bulb. Has this happened to anyone? There is new wiring in garage that has been done 6 months ago, and bulb was fine until recently. I've read there isn't much mercury in these bulbs but why such an odor?? This is very concerning to me.

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brickeyee

The magic electronic smoke has escaped.

Throw it out and install a new one.

Electrolytic capacitors (especially) stink pretty bad when one fails by burning up (and they do not like cold temperatures (below 0F is a common limit)).

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 12:46PM
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SparklingWater

One other point-don't install the CFB upside down due to fire hazard. They are made for upright installation. Check where your CFB is made: cheaper models were associated with more fire risk. There's a thread about this on GW somewhere, maybe on "lighting".

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 10:18PM
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brickeyee

"One other point-don't install the CFB upside down due to fire hazard. "

Some are made for base up installation now.

You have to read ALL the package data, and sometimes even the spec sheet from the manufacturer.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 8:42AM
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SparklingWater

Once again, thank you brickeyee!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 9:02AM
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