1.7 Million Emergency Light Fixtures Recalled
Lithonia Lighting has recalled the Quantum® ELM and ELM2 two-light emergency fixture because its circuit board can overheat, possibly causing the fixture to melt and burn. One fire caused more than $100,000 in damage, according to CPSC.
Lithonia Lighting has recalled about 1.7 million Quantum® series ELM and ELM2 emergency light fixtures, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced May 28. They have two incandescent lights, a rechargeable lead acid battery, and are about 12.5 inches wide, 5 inches high, and 3.75 inches deep in white or black plastic. ELM or ELM2 appears on the label inside the fixture’s plastic housing above the battery. The recalled units have circuit boards that are green on both sides and either Rev B or Rev C printed in the top left corner. Emergency lights with circuit boards that are beige on one side and ELM2 LED, ELM2 SD, and ELM2 WRS fixtures are not included in this recall.
CPSC reported that the fixtures' circuit board can overheat and cause the fixture to melt, catch fire, and ignite nearby items. Lithonia Lighting has received 29 reports of circuit boards overheating and fixtures melting or catching fire, with one incident causing more than $100,000 of property damage to an office building. No injuries have been reported.
Property owners where these fixtures have been installed should contact Lithonia Lighting toll-free at 888-615-4501 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT weekdays to order a free repair kit, which includes a new circuit board, or they can visit www.lithonia.com and click on "Click Here for Quantum® ELM/ELM2 Recall Information" at the bottom of the page for more information.
The fixtures were sold at electrical distributors, Home Depot, W.W. Grainger, Inc. stores, and other retailers nationwide and online at grainger.com and amazon.com from March 2010 through February 2014 for between $35 and $55. They were manufactured in Mexico by Acuity Brands Lighting of Conyers, Ga., according to CPSC's notice.