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Fire-Displaced Family Learns Lesson About CFL Bulbs & Dimmer Switches

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Uploaded on Feb 15, 2010

Hinsdale Fire Chief Mike Kelly says the fire was probably caused by a CFL bulb on a dimmer. Most CFL's are not supposed to be used on a dimmer.

How do you know which ones? Check the box -- if you can read the fine print.

"We had to enlarge the information on the packaging so we could read it clearly," Kelly said.

Does the average person takes the time to read that small print?

"I would say no," the chief said.

Underwriters Laboratory has tested CFL bulbs. An engineer said fires are rare, but the potential exists if you use the wrong bulb in a dimmer.

Tess' Dad, Jeff Ellithorpe, says he searched the Internet and was surprised by the lack of information on mixing CFL's and dimmers.

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