Christmas lights recall: 34,600 sets at risk for fire

Lights were made for Christmas, Halloween and everyday themes.

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About 34,600 sets of Bunkhouse and Lotsa LITES! mini string lights have been recalled because they can overheat and cause a fire or burns, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The lights come in 9-foot strands of 20 LED clear bulbs. They can be used with batteries or a USB input. They were sold in three varieties: Everyday, Christmas and Halloween. The lights were sold at online and in gift stores and boutiques from August through September 2023. They cost $10 to $13. They were imported from China by DM Merchandising of Illinois.

Consumers should unplug the lights and contact DM Merchandising for a refund. Three cases of the lights overheating have been reported.

Consumers can contain DM Merchandising at 800-548-6784 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email at [email protected]; or online at

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Teresa Murray

Consumer Watchdog, U.S. PIRG Education Fund

Teresa directs the Consumer Watchdog office, which looks out for consumers’ health, safety and financial security. Previously, she worked as a journalist covering consumer issues and personal finance for two decades for Ohio’s largest daily newspaper. She received dozens of state and national journalism awards, including Best Columnist in Ohio, a National Headliner Award for coverage of the 2008-09 financial crisis, and a journalism public service award for exposing improper billing practices by Verizon that affected 15 million customers nationwide. Teresa and her husband live in Greater Cleveland and have two sons. She enjoys biking, house projects and music, and serves on her church missions team and stewardship board.