Blinky Beads Flashing Necklace, retail $4.00(*
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Amscan (
Last updated 01-28-14

This is a rather interesting piece of jewelery; although it resembles an ordinary inexpensive Mardi Gras beaded necklace, this necklace has six red LEDs (enclosed in translucent amber "beads) strung around the necklace itself.

It operates from two LR44 button cells held discreetly in the rear assembly.

* Product was not found on the Party City website, so the URL simply leads to their "front door".


Put this necklace on as you would put many other large necklaces on - that is, just loop it over your head and orient it so that the gold-colored battery box is at the back of your neck.

To turn it on (the LEDs sequence in a slow "chase" mode), press & release the black button on the battery case once.

To neutralise the LEDs (turn the necklace off), press & release the button again.

To change the batteries, unclip & remove the battery door, buy yourself an airline ticket and fly yourself plus the battery door to Hollywood (put it in checked baggage if necessary), bring it to the set of the new movie, "Halloween VI: Season of the Itch", have the special effects crew grind it into microscopic bits to have those itty bitty bits implanted into millions of rolls of bungwipe, and...
O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So save your airfare & just set it aside instead.

Remove and dispose of or recycle the two LR44 button cells, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit. Do not use your foot to push them under the Lazy-Boy where the cat might find them, do not attempt to flush them down the loo, and for God sakes please do not throw them over the side of a dock where they might hit a flounder on the way down to the sea bottom.

Insert two new LR44 button cells into the chamber, orienting them so that their flat (+) positive ends face the spring at one end of the compartment.

Place the battery door back on, and gently press down on it until it snaps into place.

Done with that, fun yeah!!!
Aren't you glad that you didn't fly that battery door to Hollywood where it would get ground into microscopic bits for the sake of some phoney-bologna fake Halloween movie now?

The Blinky Beads Flashing Necklace is designed to be used as a piece of jewelry, not as a flashlight meant to be carried around, 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 garage, let my housemate's citty kats go to the litterbox on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on it, use a large claw hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata 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 it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that flashlights might have to have performed on them. So this section of the web page about this necklace will be ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** 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.

Photograph showing the necklace in use.
I look kinda pissed even though I'm not; brain surgery that I had in late-2002 robbed me of my ability to smile.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this necklace.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this necklace; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 625nm and 635nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is 630.660nm.

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

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

This video on YourTube shows the Blinky Beads Flashing Necklace in action.

That music you hear is zax from the Commodore Amiga computer demo, "Software Make the Dance Foam Oil" by Ephidrena from 2011.
This product is not sound-sensitive; the zax may be ignored or even muted if it pisses you off.

O boy, sequencing lights!
So thrilling!!
So heart-racing!!!
Actually, it kinda makes you want to kick one of those wall-mounted porcelain uranators off the wall and then proceed to "bete" "thuh" "livengg" "tweadle" "owt" "uv" "itt" "withh" "uh" "uzzed" "tuthe" "brusch" doesn't it?

This video is approximately 14.8944738219 megabytes (15,062,485 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
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Test unit was purchased at the Party City store in Federal Way WA. USA on 01-26-14.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Very festive for Mardi Gras parties
Not disposable; it can be used year after year
Large size so it simply loops around your neck with no fiddly closures


Batteries it uses may be difficult to find and/or locally expen$ive

    PRODUCT TYPE: LED-lighted necklace
    LAMP TYPE: Unknown-type (poss. 3mm) red LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 6
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on battery case
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 2x LR44 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND BOOZE-RESISTANT: Light splatter- and perspiration-resistant at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 4x LR44 button cells (this incl. 2 spares)
    SIZE: 106.680cm Dia.
    WEIGHT: 121.20g (4.280 oz.) incl. batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown; presumably guaranteed against DOA


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

Blinky Beads Flashing Necklace *

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