Fire danger from CFL bulbs?
Hi, I just had to call the fire department because a cfl bulb in my entryway pendant light fixture started smoking when I turned the switch on. I turned it off right away, but it continued to send out smoke and I was worried it might burst into flames. It didn't, they removed the bulb and there is a dime sized hole burned into the ballast. I got onto the internet and found something on Snopes that kind of dismissed burning cfls as an urban myth, but the picture they posted looks exactly like my bulb.
So, I am unsure if I have misused this bulb in the wrong fixture, or if I have a defective bulb (the packaging is long discarded) and if that's the case, whether I can ever trust a cfl again.
The pendant light has a glass globe that is enclosed but is at least double the bulb size. The wattage was much less than the fixture is rated for. I have replaced almost all my fixtures with cfls but am now panicked to think if I leave one burning when away from my home that a fire could happen.
Anyone else with this experience or thoughts/ideas?