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COLOR CHANGING ORNAMENT



Color Changing Ornament, retail $5.99 (www.walgreens.com)
Manufactured by (Unknown) (URL not known either)
Last updated 02-12-04





The "Color Changing Ornament" is a large (for a Christmas ornament) translucent figurine that has red, green, and blue LEDs inside, and a circuit that causes them to cycle in a color-wash type of pattern. It is designed for you to plug into a miniature series string of incandescent Christmas lights, so if the whole string goes out, the ornament goes out too.

But the ornament is very nice looking, so just pretend I didn't just say that last part. :-)



To use the Color Changing Ornament, first, remove it from its packaging. The ornament itself is affixed to a cardboard inner piece of the box with a coated metal twist tie. Untie and remove it, and the ornament should come free.

With any 35, 50, or 100 light set of miniature incandescent lights (see below), first unplug the set, then remove one of the bulbs, and plug the ornament's plug into the empty bulb socket. Assuming you have it in there right, plug the light set back in. The light set should come back on, and the ornament should spring to life.

If the plug on the end of the ornament's cord does not fit into the socket of the light set you want to use it in, you can swap the plugs with the bulb you removed from the set, so that the bulb's plug is now on the end of the ornament's wires. This procedure is described in the leaflet you receive with the ornament.

The ornament comes with a thin gold colored loop on its top, which you can use to affix it to a tree branch or other decoration. It also has four short plastic "feet" on its base, so you should be able to stand it up on a mantle or other flat surface if you're using it for something other than a Christmas tree.



Because this is a 120VAC powered product, this section can and will be skipped.



The ornament appears to be reasonably sturdy, though you should try not to drop it onto a hard surface, and for heaven sakes, please don't try to flush it or run it through the dishwasher.

The ornament can be used with any UL listed incandescent series light strand with the following parameters:
35-light string using 3.5 volt bulbs
50-light string using 2.5 volt bulbs
100-light string using 2.5 volt bulbs

According to the instructional material, you should not connect more than 3 (three) of these ornaments to any single light string. The instructional material also states rather emphatically that these ornaments are for indoor use only, so I don't think they're very water resistant.

Because I just got this light today (12-09-03), I don't yet have any more information for this page.



Pictures of the ornament changing colors.
It's not as bright as it appears in these photographs.



TEST NOTES:
Unit was purchased from Wallgreens today (12-09-03), after I received an email about it. I have a string of standard incandescent bulbs in the window that have been there and running all year, so I had somewhere to put the ornament right away.

Product is distributed by East West Distributing Co., Deerfield IL. 60015-4616, and is made in China.
There are seven different versions of this ornament; the one I purchased has part number CD051658D.


UPDATE: 12-27-03
I bought another one of these ornaments today, taking advantage of the "After Christmas" sale at Wallgreens. Cost was $2.50 plus tax. It is shaped like an angel with wings; but I noticed when I took it out of the box that the wings had broken off sometime before I purchased it. But that's ok, because the LEDs work fine, and that's what matters for the sake of this website. :-O


UPDATE: 01-12-04
Both ornaments have been running 24/7 (nonstop) since I purchased them, and I have no failures to report.


UPDATE: 01-24-04
Both ornaments are still going, and I still have no problems to report. Because these ornaments are attached to a string of lights in my window that runs year 'round, I'll probably keep the ornaments running year 'round too. If I have a failure or malfunction (with the LEDs and driver circuitry) in the future, I'll post about it on this page.


UPDATE: 02-12-04
Both ornaments have been running 24/7 since I purchased them, and I STILL have no failures to report.


PROS:
Nifty color-changing effect
Ornament has translucent body, so other lights can shine through it


CONS:
Not all that bright; could become drowned out if a lot of lights are used nearby
Not water resistant; do not use outside


    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Plug-into-incandescent-mini-lights lighted Christmas ornament
    LAMP TYPE: LEDs; red, green, blue
    No. OF LAMPS: 3
    BEAM TYPE: N/A
    SWITCH TYPE: N/A
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: N/A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER RESISTANT: Not that I know of
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: None
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





Color Changing Ornament * www.walgreens.com







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