Carlon FPC1525P Battery-Operated Candle, retail $9.99 (
Manufactured by Thomas & Betts (
Last updated 03-02-13

This is a battery-operated "candle" in a candleholder that has two modes: steady and flickering.

It comes in a plastic body; it has a bronze-colored (with phoney-balogna "corrosion" [patina-like]) finished base, has a white "candle", and has a milky translucent "flame" that the warm white LED is under.

Not only does it have two modes, it has a photoelectric switch (an "electric eye" if you will) that automatically turns the candle on at nightfall and turns it off in the morning.

Today might be near Earth Day, but I'm happy to evaluate Christmas products at any time of the year.
And although this is marketed as a Christmas product, it can be used any time of the year - Earth Day included!


Feed the unit two C cells first (see directly below), and THEN you can go light up that holiday window.

On the bottom of the white part of the "candle", there's a fairly well concealed slide switch.
Slide it up until it clicks once to activate the candle in "flickering" mode.

Slide the switch up some more until it clicks again to place the unit in steady-on mode.

Slide the switch all the way down to turn the product all the way off.

The "candle" has a photocell which automatically turns the candle on at nightfall and turns it off in the morning.

The product also comes with a windowsill mounting clip that allows the candle to be used in windows with a sill too narrow for the candle to be placed on.
To use this clip, remove the battery door, insert the mounting clip into the slot for it, then reattach the battery door.

To feed the hungry, hungry candle, unclip the battery door at one end, lift it off, gently place it on the floor, and kick it under that Christmas tree you're always forgetting to water so that the hungry, hungry silverfish find it, attempt to eat it, find it to taste yucky (like totally unpaltable dude), and instead uranate on it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, remove the two used C cells from the compartment, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Install two new alkaline C cells into the compartment, orienting them according to the polarity legend embossed into the bottom of the battery compartment.

Place the battery door back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that battery door under that dead, dead Christmas tree amongst all of those hungry, hungry pests with full bladders now?

Advertised battery life is 45 days running 12 hours a day with alkaline C cells installed.

The Carlon FPC1525P Battery-Operated Candle is a household lamp, not a flashlight meant to be thrashed, trashed, and abused, so I won't throw it against the wall, stomp on it, try to drown it in the toylet bowl or the cistern, run over it, swing it against the concrete floor of a patio, use a ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a scanner-type device on a platform with a large readout, a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; and the cannoñata is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon it punishments that flashlights may have inflicted upon them. So this section of the web page will seem ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

Photograph of the Carlon FPC1525P Battery-Operated Candle, illuminated of course.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this candle.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this candle; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 455nm and 475nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength; which is 465.960nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this candle; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 565nm and 585nm to pinpoint phosphor emission peak wavelength; which is 577.390nm.

The raw spectrometer data (comma-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

This video on YourTube shows the Carlon FPC1525P Battery-Operated Candle in operation (flickering, of course!)

O boy, a flickering light!
So thrilling!!
So heart-pounding!!!
Actually, it kinda makes you want to kick one of those Penal-Ware® suicide-resistant prison combys over and then proceed to "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "thuh" "handel" "uv" "ann" "olde" "orr" "yuzde" ("orr" "evunn" "busstid") "uhmbrela" doesn't it?

That music that you hear is the song Atomium by Karl Bartos (he was in the German electronic group Kraftwerk for at least fifteen years from 1975 to 1990!). This product is not sound-sensitive; the zax may be ignored or even muted if it pisses you off.

This video is approximately 21.7473345212 megabytes (22,046,871 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware. It will take no less than one hundred eight minutes to load at 48.0Kbps. I cannot provide this video in other formats, so please do not ask.

Test unit was purchased on on 03-19-13 {or "19 Mar. 2013", or even "Mar. 19, Twenty Stick-Boobs" if you prefer} and was received aat 4:02pm PDT on 04-10-13.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Flickering effect is quite realistic; people might mistake them for real candles!
BRIGHTER than other LED candles -- intensity approaches that of a real flame!!!
Use of a warm white LED instead of an amber LED makes it yet more realistic
Battery powered and safe for use around flammable materials


Nome that I have yet to uncover

    MANUFACTURER: Thomas & Betts
    PRODUCT TYPE: LED window candle
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm (T1¾) warm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on (automatic)/off on base of candle itself
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic & metal
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 2x C cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Windowsill mounting clip
    SIZE: 215mm H x 86.20mm W x 42.30mm D
    WEIGHT: 136.50g (4.810 oz.) incl. batteries
    WARRANTY: 2 years


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Carlon FPC1525P Battery-Operated Candle *

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