LED Timer Tea Lights (Halloween), retail $4.99* (www.partycity.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Amscan (www.amscan.com)
Last updated 10-10-13

These are LED-based "tea lights" that are of approximately the same size as real tea light candles, but there is no messy dripping wax, no flame, no smoke, no messy soot, and no odour. They are battery-powered & can be turned on and off at will; you do not need to have a "siggeret" lighter on you or nearby.

And if they get nocked to the floor, just pick them up and place them back where you found them. No fuss, no muss.

What makes these candles unique among all other LED candles I've tested to date though is that 4-hour, "auto off" timer; that is, they'll turn off automatically after four hours and then blaze back to life 20 hours later (the same time you turned them on the day before!)

* This price is for four (4) units; this equates to a price of just $1.25 each!


To use the LED Timer Tea Light, just slide the little black switch on the underside of the candle toward the "ON" legend embossed next to the switch, and place it where you would normally place a real tea light -- this could be inside a frosted glass jar or simply placed somewhere and not covered at all.

The candle will spring to life and operate for four (4) hours, then automatically deactivate itself.
If the switch is left alone, the candle will automatically come on the next day at the same time that you turned it on the previous day, and run for another four hours.

This is truly, "Set It and Forget It" operation -- to borrow a phrase from a popular infomercial that ran earlier this century!

To neutralise the candle so that it does not run its battery down, simply slide that little switch on its underside the other way (toward the "OFF" legend).

To change the battery in the LED Timer Tea Light, turn it upside-down, use a small Phillips screwdriver to unscrew & remove the small screw {the screw is 'small', but not 'fiddly small -- that is, it would likely make a very audible sound if it were to get sucked up the vacuum cleaner} that secures the battery hatch, and set it aside. Remove the battery hatch, gently place it on the floor, and use your foot to nudge it under the couch where a bunch of carpet beetles find it, sniff & snuffle at the damn thing for a moment, decide that it (like totally) unpalatable, and subsequently relieve themselves on it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Remove the used CR2032 lithium coin cell from the battery chamber in the base, and dispose of or recycle it as you see fit. Tap the base of the LED Timer Tea Light on a firm surface if necessary to dislodge the cell.

Install a new CR2032 lithium coin cell in the chamber, button-end (-) negative end going in first.

Place the battery hatch back onto the candle portion, and screw in that little screw.
Aren't you glad you didn't push the battery hatch under the couch with all of those hungry, hungry carpet beetles with full pissinary bladders now?

Unable to measure current usage due to how the product was constructed and how it functions.

The LED Timer Tea Light is a household lamp, not a flashlight. So I won't hit it against the concrete floor of a patio, throw it in the toilet, stomp on it, throw it against a wall, run over it with a 450lb electric wheelchair, let my mother's cats, my sister's kitty, or my own adorable little fuzzbomb piddle (uranate) on it, sit on it really hard, or subject it to any other potentially destructive tests that a regular flashlight might be subject to. So this section of the web page will appear more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The thing that concerns me here is how long the LED Timer Tea Light will operate on that itty bitty coin cell (the web page at Party City lists this as 120 hours). Due to the way it functions, I am not able to perform a machine-operated battery discharge analysis on it.

Photograph of the LED Timer Tea Light (Halloween), illuminated.

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 605nm and 615nm to pinpoint emission peak wavelength; which is 609.010nm.

The raw spectrometer data (tab-delimited that can be loaded into Excel) is at http://ledmuseum.candlepower.us/43/candle19.txt

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Video that shows the LED Timer Tea Lights flickering.

That music that you hear is the jingle to the Silver Shamrock TV commercial that played on the movie, "Halloween V: Season of the Bitch"...er...um...I mean, "HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH".

This product is not sound-sensitive in any manner; the music may safely be ignored or even muted if it torques you off.

O boy, flickering lights!
So thrilling!!
So pulse-racing!!!
Actually, it kinda makes you want to "kik" "wun" "uv" "thoze "waul-mowntid" "porselin" "uranators" "oph" "thuh" "wal" & "then" "proseed" "tu" "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "thuh" "handel" "uv" "ahn" "olld" "orr" "uzed" "raik" doesn't it?

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Test unit was purchased at the Party City store in Federal Way WA. USA on 10-03-13.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Flickering effect is reasonably realistic; people might mistake them for real candles if they are used in frosted enclosures if the LED were yellow!
Battery powered and safe for use around flammable materials

Battery changing may be just a tad "fiddly"

It's that itty bitty coin cell -- lifetime per battery change could be a bit limited (the website states 120 hours, but I honestly don't see that as being totally realistic)

    PRODUCT TYPE: LED tea candle
    LAMP TYPE: Orange LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on/off on base; automatic 4-hour timer
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: LED protected by a plastic "flame"
    BATTERY: 1x CR2032 lithium coin cell
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    SIZE: 40mm H x 38mm Dia.
    WEIGHT: 12.0g (0.420 oz.) incl. battery
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    Star Rating

LED Timer Tea Lights (Halloween) * www.partycity.com...

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