Light-Up Patriotic Tiara, retail $3.99 (
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Amscan (
Last updated 06-26-13

The Light-Up Patriotic Tiara is a neat novelty item that is designed to flash its LEDs while being used on a woman's (they claim that one size fits most teenagers and adults, but it seems to me that the sizing would be more appropriate for a preteen girl's) head.

It has three 3mm (T1) red LEDs in its central "star" that rapidly blink not quite in unison (together); these LEDs are surprisingly potent and would draw attention to the wearer even in the most brightly illuminated 4th of July shindig.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE (I'm not a preteen female, so it looks kinda queer {pun not intended } here.
(Yes, I might be a F46 but I ain't no drag queen, so I won't actually wear this out of the house!!! )
However, because it has LEDs in it, this tiara made it onto this website!!!

To use the Light-Up Patriotic Tiara, turn it so that the shiny inside faces you. You should see a small white "puck" with a grey rubbery thing on it. Press & release the grey button once to activate it. Put it on your (or your child's) head.

When you've finished using it, press & release the grey button again to neutralise it.

This product is designed as a disposable unit (it states so on the packaging materials), so I don't have to tell you which part to remove, discreetly drop into any convenient punchbowl at that big Independence Day party, and then rather emphatically tell you not to.

This is a novelty blinking tiara, not a flashlight meant to be thrashed, trashed, and abused. So I won't try to drown it in the toliet tank, bash it 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 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!!!), let my mother's big dog's ghost, her kitties, my kitty or my sister's kitty cat piddle (uranate) on it, hose it down with my mother's gun, run over it with a 450lb Quickie Pulse 6 motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a medium ball peen hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoņata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (now I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata 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 cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to sshoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piņata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analyses, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. Therefore, this section of the Light-Up Patriotic Tiara's web page will seem a bit more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

Photograph of the tiara, "illuminurinated" of course.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this tiara.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this tiara; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 628nm and 638nm to pinpoint native emission peak wavelength, which is 632.320nm.

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

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

This video shows nothing more than the Light-Up Patriotic Tiara blinking happly away.

So thrilling!!
So pulse-racing!!
Actually, it kinda "makes" "ewe" "wahnt" "tu" "kik" "uh" "waul"-"mowntid" "porselin" "uranator" "oph" "thuh" "wal" "ahnd" "thenn" "pruseed" "tu" "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "thuh" "handel" "uv" "uh" "uzed" "orr" "broakin" "ho" (the gardening tool, not the other kind, ha ha ha!!!) doesn't it?

This video is 83.6547345462 megabytes (84,184,470 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware. It will take no less than four hundred eighteen minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

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

Test unit was purchased at a Party City store in Federal Way WA. USA on the morning of 06-04-13 .

UPDATE: 00-00-00

    MANUFACTURER: Unknown for Amscan
    PRODUCT TYPE: Novelty flashing tiara
    LAMP TYPE: 3mm (T1) red LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot with sharper-than-usual corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on inner surface of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: Unknown type & number of button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND DIET PEPSI-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    SIZE: 94mm H x 117mm W (at widest point)
    WEIGHT: 26.80g (0.940 oz.) incl. batteries
    COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE: Not stated; but very probably China, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc.
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated (presumably guaranteed against DOA)


    This is a novelty item, so it will not receive the usual "star" rating for that reason.

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