''Celebrate It'' Patriotic RGB LED Projector, retail $3.99 (www.biglots.com)*
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Michael's Crafts, in turn for Big Lots! (www.biglots.com)
Last updated 05-08-13

The ''Celebrate It'' Patriotic RGB LED Projector is a novelty product that contains six LEDs (two each red, green, and blue) inside the bottom of a disco-type lensed ball.

The LEDs don't just all come on steadily; each pair operates independently of one another to give three different patterns.

I call it, "patriotic" not because of the LED colors, but because of the handle colors -- which are metallic red, white, and blue.

* Product was not found on the Big Lots! website, so this URL simply leads to their 'front door'.


The unit came to me ready to use; however batteries may or may not be included with yours.
If your unit came without batteries, obtain & install them first (see directly below), and THEN you'll be ready to add some excitement to that 4th of July parade you've been wanting so badly to go to.

If your unit came with the batteries, first off remove & dispose of the small plastic tab from the base of the unit; this tab is an insulator designed to prevent the unit from being triggered and subsequently running down its batteries during storage & transport.

Press & release the silvery button near the top of the barrel once to turn the light show on in rapid strobe mode, press it again to switch it to a mode where the LEDs rapidly cycle between red, green, and blue, press it again to operate the LEDs in a combination flash/color cycle mode, and finally press it again to neutralise the wand.

Just like it reads on many shampiddle (shampoo) bottles, "lather, rinse, repeat".
In other words, pressing & releasing the button begins the cycle again in rapid strobe mode.

To change the batteries, turn the product upside-down so that the globe faces the floor.

On the bottom of the handle/barrel, you'll see a silvery colored battery door with a clip on one side that has a very small screw in it. Use a #0 phillips screwdriver (the smallest one with a 1.4mm shaft diameter from my set of jeweller's screwdrivers worked well here) to unscrew the screw. You do not need to remove it from the door itself. Press in on that clip if necessary; the door should now pop off. Lift it off, gently place it on the ground, place a cherry bomb over it, light the fuse, and run like H-E-Double-Bendy-Straws...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Tip the used AAA cells out of the handle and into your hand, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. If that last cell does not come out, use the point of a knife to push it sideways, then tip it out of the barrel and recycle or get rid of it.

Here's a photograph showing how that third cell is behind a metal contact, and may not automatically fall out.

Insert three new AAA cells into the barrel, orienting them as you see in the above photograph. Install the one showing behind that contact first, then install the other two in any order you prefer.

Finally, place the battery door back on, swing it shut, press in on it until you hear a click, & screw in that screw you removed earlier.
Aren't you glad you didn't try to blow up that battery door now?

Because this is a novelty item and not a flashlight, the punishments I bestow upon flashlights will not be bestowed upon the ''Celebrate It'' Patriotic RGB LED Projector. So this section of the web page will be significantly more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight who's sole purpose in life is to be a flashlight.

The product appears to be at least *reasonably* durable, and to worry about handling it like an egg would be illogical...o wait!!! Now I'm starting to sound like a Vulcan.
What I meant to say is that this unit is somewhat fragile, but it should not just fall apart through casual use or handling, or very minor accidents like short falls to carpeted floors (yes, I actually did this).

Photograph of the unit in operation.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this wand.

The raw spectrometer data (comma-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at http://ledmuseum.candlepower.us/42/4thproj.txt

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

This video shows the ''Celebrate It'' Patriotic RGB LED Projector in action.

The music you hear is the song, "Anthem" by...o cummon, you've GOT to know this one by now considering that I like listening to groups like Cheap Trick, Slayer, REM, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Megadeth, The Cars, The Police, etc...go ahead, take a whack at it...

...if you guessed Hozay Gonzalez, °°°HOZAY FELECIANO UTILIZANDO UNA ESCUPIDERA NO!!!
It's Anthrax, silly!!!
This product is not sound-sensitive; the choon may be ignored or even muted if it pisses you off.

This video is approximately 29.555723462 megabytes (29,871,319 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than one hundred forty seven minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

I cannot provide this video in other formats, so please do not ask.

Test unit was purchased at a Big Lots store in Federal Way WA. USA on 05-06-13.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    PRODUCT TYPE: Novelty-type light-up device (seasonal - has body & LED colors red, white, & blue)
    LAMP TYPE: 3mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 6 (2 ea. red, green, and blue)
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/mode change/off on handle
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Transparent pastic globe protects LEDs
    BATTERY: 3x AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND URANATION-RESISTANT: Light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 3x AA cells
    SIZE: 200mm T x 80mm Dia. (ball) 28mm Dia. (handle)
    WEIGHT: 94.50g (3.330 oz.) incl. batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated (presumably guaranteeed against DOA)


    This is a seasonal, novelty item and will not be furnished with a "star" rating for that reason.

''Celebrate It'' Patriotic RGB LED Projector *

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