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DWP TO REPLACE LIGHT BULBS INSTALLED IN ITS ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM

DWP TO REPLACE LIGHT BULBS INSTALLED IN ITS ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROGRAM
 LOS ANGELES, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced today that it will replace one type of compact fluorescent light bulb installed in some 10,000 homes as part of its energy efficiency program because of a high rate of product defects.
 The product being recalled by the DWP is a 27-watt compact fluorescent light bulb manufactured under the name of Liberty Bell. More than 20,000 of


these bulbs were installed in customers' homes since mid-March by the DWP as part of its free "Better Idea" program.
 "This brand of light bulb has been found to have a high failure rate, and could pose a potential fire hazard if internal heat from the electronic components cause the base to separate from the rest of the lamp," said Vernon Pruett, DWP director of conservation and planning. "Since public safety is our highest concern, we are replacing all of these bulbs."
 Customers who received Liberty Bell light bulbs from the DWP reside in the following areas and zip codes: Arleta in the San Fernando Valley (91331); Los Angeles (90006, 90011, 90029, 90037, 90044 and 90047); Mid-City (90018); Griffith Park area (90027); Hollywood (90028); Lincoln Heights (90032); and Boyle Heights (90063).
 These customers will be notified by letter in the next few days, and asked to remove the bulbs and save them for exchange. DWP representatives, over the next four to six weeks, will visit each home and replace the bulbs with other brands.
 Pruett said the DWP is only recalling the Liberty Bell brand of fluorescent light bulb. The bulbs collected from customers' homes will be returned to the manufacturer, he said.
 "While the number of defective bulbs reported is a small percentage of the amount we've installed, this brand is not performing to contractual standards. We endorse and install compact fluorescent light bulbs because they are currently the best residential lighting product on the market for energy efficiency. They are three to five times more efficient, and last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs. Additionally, each bulb can reduce energy costs by $57 and save a barrel of oil during its lifetime."
 Liberty Bell is only one of a dozen brands of compact fluorescent light bulbs installed in DWP's residential energy efficiency program. Customers who participate in the program also receive free installation of water-saving devices and other energy-efficiency related services, Pruett said.
 "This is the only type of light bulb that has posed a problem. The recall of this bulb will not affect the continuation of our Better Idea program," Pruett said. "This is a good program and we're excited about our investment to include customers in our energy resource plan. Encouraging customers to be more energy efficient, rather than building new power plants, is the most cost-effective and environmentally sensitive way to meet our future electrical supply needs."
 The program, which began last August, focusing on low-income and senior citizen customers, has reached approximately 43,000 households in the Los Angeles area. It is part of DWP's customer energy efficiency programs which are expected to help the DWP meet the city's growth in energy demand over the next 10 years without having to build major generating facilities.
 Customers who have questions about the light bulbs should call the DWP Conservation Hotline at 800-U-ASK-DWP (800-827-5397).
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 /CONTACT: Darlene Battle of DWP, 213-481-6939/ CO: Department of Water and Power ST: California IN: UTI SU: EH-CH -- LA036 -- 0018 07/16/92 17:36 EDT
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