The bulbs sold with the fixtures burn too hot for the electrical supply wires in the ceiling
L.D. Kichler is recalling roughly 68,600 Krystal Ice ceiling fixtures—plus an additional 2,300 sold in Canada—due to a risk of fire.
The 40-watt halogen light bulbs that were sold with the fixtures burn too hot for the electrical supply wires in the ceiling, causing a fire hazard. In addition, the fixtures pose a fire hazard in homes containing older wiring, even when used with bulbs of a lower wattage.
Four style numbers of the fixtures are involved in the recall. They have either square or cylindrical chrome or bronze-colored metal cage shades and clear crystal accents. Affected style numbers include 38182, 38183, 38198, and 38199, and these numbers—together with Kichler Home Center—are printed on the inside of the canopy.
The fixtures were sold at Lowe's from April 2015 until June 2016 and at lighting showrooms from January 2016 until August 2016 for roughly $120.
Although no incidents or injuries related to this recall have been reported, consumers are urged to immediately stop using the affected fixtures and remove the bulbs. They should contact Kichler for free 25-watt bulbs and new warning labels, which identify these bulbs as the maximum allowable wattage as well as the appropriate home wiring (90°C supply wire) for use in the fixture. Anyone with an older home built before 1985 without upgraded wiring should contact the company for a full refund. Those uncertain whether or not their home's wiring has been upgraded can contact the company for more information about an inspection by a licensed electrician.
For more information, consumers can reach Kichler at (800) 554-6504.