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April 18, 2001

Light Tech Recalls On/Off Switches for Rope and Cable Lights

Power Switches for Rope and Cable Lights RecalledGrand Rapids, MI (SafetyAlerts) - Light Tech said today it is recalling about 350,000 on/off switches that were included in cable lights packages. "Cable lights," also known as rope lights, are lights inside a plastic cord used for decorative lighting. If the cable lights are plugged in, even if the lights are not lit, the recalled switch on the power cord could allow the cable lights to remain energized posing a potential electric shock hazard to consumers.

No injuries have been reported according to CPSC.

The on/off switches for the cable lights were included as an optional accessory for consumers to attach to the power cords. They consist of a rectangular white plastic box about 1┬╝ inches long. The box contains a wheel-type switch through the middle that rotates to turn the power on and off.

Cable lights that do not have on/off switches or have a green dot are not included in the recall.

The switches were included in 36-inch and 6, 9, 12, 18, and 24-foot lengths in power pack kits, which are designed for use with bulk cable lights. The cable lights are clear and have the words "Cable LightsTM" written on the plastic tubing.

Home center stores, including Home Depot, Lowe's, and other lighting showrooms, sold these cable light and power cord kits nationwide from September 1997 through October 2000 for about $12 to $65 for the Cable Lights and $7 to $9 for the power cord kits.

Consumers should not install the power switch supplied with the cable lights. If the switch is already installed, stop using the lights immediately and unplug them. Consumers that have cable lights with on/off switches installed should call Light Tech toll-free at (800) 485-3080 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to receive a free replacement power cord.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers April 18, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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