Christmas Carol Candle, retail $12.95 (
Manufactured by Carlon (
Last updated 11-23-11

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 base, has a white "candle", and has a milky translucent "flame" that the amber 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 Halloween, 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 - Halloween 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...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 so their flat-ends (-) negatives faces the springs for them in each chamber.

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 now?

Advertised battery life is 45 days in the "flicker" position, and 30 days in the "steady on" position when alkaline cells are used.

The Christmas Carol 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 Christmas Carol Candle, lighted up of course.
Photograph makes the product look brighter than it actually is.

Photograph of the Christmas Carol Candle in a window. It's the one on the right.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this candle.
Plot is low because this spectrometer is not as sensitive as the USB2000 I had borrowed earlier.

Spectrographic analysis
Same as above; newer spectrometer software & settings used.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this product; yet newer spectrometer software & settings used.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LED in this product; spectrometer's response narrowed to a band between 575nm and 610nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is exactly 595.00nm.

USB2000 Spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Windows Media Player (.avi extension) showing the candle in action.
This clip is approximately 3.9 megabytes (3,977,518 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
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That sound you might hear is the TV program "Voyager", and may be ignored.

This is a video on YourTube showing the candle in operation.

This clip is approximately 4.00945353478 megabytes (4,196,742 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than twenty minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

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

Test unit of the Christmas Carol Candle was purchased on the Herrington website on 10-21-07, and was received on the afternoon of 10-30-07.

Packaging indicates this product is made in China.
A product's country of origin really does matter to some people, which is why I published it on this web page.

UPDATE: 01-21-08
I changed the batteries a few days before Christmas 2007, not because they were dead, but because the light output had noticeably decreased (it was still flickering). It still looks like it did when I changed the batteries; so I have no doubt that they will last at least forty five days per set if the candle is set to the "flicker" setting and it is left in a windowsill.

UPDATE: 11-23-11
I have given this candle to my mother under conditional loan; it is now in the kitchen windowsill to act as a permanent memorial to dad, who passed away on 07-01-11 and will only be disturbed for two reasons: for periodic cleaning and to change its batteries when necessary (it will be operated 24/7/365 {24/7/366 on leap years}). Therefore, that "" icon will appear next to its listings on this website, denoting the fact that while compariosons & additional analyses can still be performed on it when necessary, it will generally be out of my custody.

    PRODUCT TYPE: LED "candle"
    LAMP TYPE: Amber LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on side of candle on/mode change/off
    BEZEL: Plastic flame diffuser protects LED
    BATTERY: 2xC cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Light sprinkle-resistant at best
    ACCESSORIES: Windowsill mounting clip
    WARRANTY: 2 years


    This is generally regarded as a seasonal product, so a star rating will not be assigned for that reason.

Christmas Carol Candle *

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