I had a CFL shoot flames from the side of the base, where the electronics are a few weeks ago. Fortunately it didn’t catch anything on fire. So apparently they are also a fire hazard.
The one over the sofa, right above my head was flickering and when I got up and looked at it, the base was partially _melted_.
I took it out of the socket and several places on the glass tube were brown and ‘bulged out’ as though they’d also melted and deformed.
It was not like that when I put it in.
I also cleaned up 4 broken ones last year and wound up with 10X the “safe level” of mercury in my blood.
[one literally -exploded- over a basket of freshly laundered clothes so I re-washed them all, thereby contaminating my washing machine]
On the ‘plus side’, they’ll probably be a long-term boon to the “population reduction” cheerleaders.
Frankly, we haven’t seen a damn bit of difference in our light bill.
I have had THREE start to malfunction in the same way. Racing in full panic mode through the house to find the cause of what was DEFINITELY something electrical burning is not my idea of fun.
I was told that the bulb needs to be in a CONSTANT UPRIGHT position to function "normally".
I have saved ALL THREE bulbs. I'm waiting for the commercial: "Have you had a CFL malfuntion in your home? Call the law offices of "Dewey - Cheatum and Howe!!"
My daughter had one begin smoking last week. She turned it off and shut off the breaker to that circuit thinking she had a short. There was nothing wrong with her wiring, it was the bulb.