NORTHBROOK, Ill., January 23, 2009 — Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is notifying consumers that the decorative lighting strings, identified below, may pose a risk of electric shock and fire. These products have not been evaluated for safety by UL and bear a counterfeit UL Mark for the United States.

Name of Product: Designer Series 50 Clear Lights

Number of Units: Unknown quantity

Manufacturer: Longyan Zhenglin Machinery Mfg. Co. Ltd.

Date of Manufacture: Unknown.

Hazard: The decorative lighting strings are not constructed in compliance with UL’s safety standard. These products may overheat, posing a risk of electric shock and fire.

Identification: The decorative lighting strings have a green cord and are packaged in a box labeled "Designer Series 50 Clear Lights."

On the product: The cord is provided with a tag with the following information:

E252624
Model No. ZL50

The cord also has a counterfeit UL holographic label containing the UL Mark with the following information:

Decorative Lighting String
Issue No. P8098

The UL Mark

On the packaging: The packaging has the UL Mark and the following information:

Brite Star
Designer Series
For Indoor/Outdoor Use

What you should do: UL recommends that users stop using the product immediately and return it to the place of purchase.

Photo of product:

Photos of the counterfeit decorative lighting strings