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Halloween 50 Purple Solar Power Mini Light Set, retail $9.99*
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Right Aid (www.rightaid.com)
Last updated 10-28-12

This is the Halloween 50 Purple Solar Power Mini Light Set.

There are 50 phosphor purple lights {and they really are 'purple' too because these LEDs have two emission spikes: one in the blue and a weaker one in the red}. Each LED has a very strongly reverse-conical shape to its front, so they are not directional like ordinary LEDs.

The set operates from two rechargeable AA cells -- the cells are recharged by sunlight so you never have to remember to unplug & charge them. Decorate with them as you would ordinary holiday light sets -- though the packaging materials indicate that they're for outdoor use only, and I can tell you why right away: the light set is recharged by a 500mW (0.50 watt) solar panel, and it must be very bright (preferably in direct sunlight) to charge.

* This was the price that I paid on 10-23-12; they were on a table marked 50% off (until 10-27-12) and the box was labelled, "$19.99" so you may not see them for under $10 at your local Right Aid.


Remove the set from its cardboard box, untie the set, and just start decorating with them outdoors.

Use the furnished yard stake or the furnished clip to mount the solar panel someplace that receives as much sunlight during the day as possible.

Turn the lights on at this point by pressing the button on the back of the solar panel ass'y until it clicks and then release it. If you installed these lights and then turned the on during the day, nothing at all should appear to happen!

When darkness falls, the lights should come on by themselves (courtesy of an automatic CdS {photoelectric} switch), and stay on for six hours. A timer built in will automatically turn them off after six hours.

When it starts to get light in the morning, the lights will stay off and the batteries will begin charging in preparation for nightfall later that day.

This light set is rechargeable just by setting the solar panel module in direct sunlight; however if or when you do eventually need to change the batteries, that can be done with nothing more than a small Phillips screwdriver and a few minutes of your time.

Start by unplugging the solar panel assembly from the light string itself (you need not take your entire decoration down if you need to change the batteries mid-season!); you do this by unscrewing the collar around the cord right near the solar panel ass'y, and then just unplug the two sides like you'd unplug an extension cord.

Take the solar panel ass'y indoors, turn it over (so the solar panel itself faces down), and use a small Phillips screwdriver to unscrew & remove the three small screws.

Buy yourself an airline ticket and fly yourself plus the screws to Hollywood (put them in checked baggage if necessary), bring them to the set of the new movie, "Halloween V: Season of the Bitch", have the special effects crew grind them into microscopic bits to have them implanted into millions of Tampax and Kotex tampons, and...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THOSE!!! So save your airfare & just set them aside instead.

Very carefully seperate the two halves -- I say, "carefully" here because if you're not careful, you might cause the wires going from the solar panel on one of the case halves leading to the batteries & timer circuitry in the other case half to become broken.

You should see something like this:

Remove the tired, old cells and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Please don't try to flush them down the john, kick them behind the couch where the kitty might find them, and for Christ sakes please do not under any circumstances huck them into a dolly varden fry-filled stream!!!

Install two new NiMH (nickel metal hydride) AA cells into the chambers, orienting them so that their flat-ends (-) negatives face the springs for them in each chamber.

Place the two halves back together, screw those screws in, take it back outside, plug the lights into the solar assembly's cord (the plug fits only one way), and mount the solar panel where you had it before this sleigh ride began.

Aren't you glad that you didn't fly those screws to Hollywood where they would get ground into microscopic bits for the sake of a phoney-bologna fake Halloween movie now?

This is a set of decorative lights for Halloween, not a flashlight meant to be thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't try to drown them in the toliet tank, bash them against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a carport in effort to try and expose the bare Metalmarineangemon - er - the bare Metaltrailmon - um that's not it either...the bare Metalsusanoomon...er...uh...wait a sec here...THE BARE METAL (guess I've been watching too much Digimon again! - now I'm just making {vulgar term for feces} up!!!)...O WAIT!!! WHERE'S THE METAL?!? , let my mother's big dog's ghost, her kitties, my kitty or my sister's kitty cat piddle (uranate) on them, hose them down with my mother's gun, run over them with a 450lb Quickie Pulse 6 motorised wheelchair, stomp on them, use a medium ball peen hammer in order to bash them open to check them for candiosity, fire them from the cannoñata, drop them down the top of Mt. Erupto (now I guess I've been watching ***WAAAAAAYYYYY*** too much of the TV program "Viva Piñata" again!!! - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata Central {aka. "Party Central"}), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata Island), send them to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on them that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. Therefore, this section of the Halloween 50 Purple Solar Power Mini Light Set's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight that was born to be a flashlight and nothing but a flashlight.

The length of cord between the solar cell charger and the first light in the set is 5 feet (152.4cm) so you can place the charger a reasonable distance away from the light installation itself.

Lights on.

Lights placed on a bush in front of our home in Federal Way WA. USA.
Photograph was taken at 6:30pm PDT on 10-26-12.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this light set.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this light set; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 440nm and 470nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 440.628nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this light set; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 640nm and 680nm to pinpoint phosphor emission peak wavelength, which is 659.442nm.

Ocean Optics USB2000 Spectrometer on loan from WWW.TWO-CUBED.COM.

Test unit was purchased at the Right Aid drug store in Federal Way WA. USA on 10-23-12.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Bright lights considering that they're battery-operated
Rechargeable via the sun, so you never have to worry about disposable AA cells
Batteries can be changed if they do poop out
Weatherproof, so you may decorate outdoors with them (they're actually intended for outdoor use!)
Wide viewing angle

Will tangle up in the closet just as easily as other light sets

    PRODUCT TYPE: Outdoor LED Halloween light set
    LAMP TYPE: Unknown type phosphor purple LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 50
    SWITCH TYPE: Click on/off button on back of solar panel / photoelectric
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 2x 1.20 V 600mAh NiMH rechargeable AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Yes, weatherproof at absolute minimum
    ACCESSORIES: Yard stake set, "anywhere" mounting clip
    SIZE: 396.240cm (13 feet) lighted length; 548.640cm (18 feet) total length
    WEIGHT: 231.10g (8.160 oz)
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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