GE Soft White C5 LED Light Set, retail $9.97 (
Manufactured by (Unknown) for GE (
Last updated 11-30-09

These lights were purchased at a Loews on the east coast of the US in early November 2007, but I cannot find them on the Loews website, so the URL shown above is for the GE colored LED C5 light sets.

Tired of getting out the lights every year and finding they don't work because half of the bulbs are broken? Tired of the endless chore of hunting down & changing bulbs as they go out over the duration of the holidays?
Do you live in California or Washington and pay so much for power you can no longer afford to put up lights anymore? Then these are for you: A fairly ordinary looking set of lights that have soft white LEDs instead of bulbs. They run cool and the bulbs never pop, and the whole set uses just a few watts (3.2 watts, to be precise) of your precious electricity.

This indoor/outdoor light set needs no transformer (they plug directly into 110-130VAC).


Use these like you would use ordinary miniature light strings.
They have the same fused plug as your existing miniature lights, and the "end-to-end" feature that lets you plug additional sets into the end of the strings, rather than at the outlet.

Since the bulbs never need replacing, you can forget about the annual ritual of "find the broken bulb" on the light strings as you unpack the Christmas boxes to decorate each year. You know, the broken or burnt out bulb that makes the whole set go dark, so you get all pissed off and eventually slam the defective strings into a garbage can and go out to buy new ones.
For most people, this is an annual ritual; though if you're lucky you only do this about every other year.

That won't happen with this set. Just remove them from the box year after year and start decorating - the Christmas tree, window & door frames, the garland atop the mantle, tabletop settings, or just hang the suckers off your bedroom or dorm room ceiling for that special holiday feel all year 'round.

All you need to do to feed them is plug them into any ordinary household (United States) 110 to 130 volts AC 60Hz receptacle.

How unique are they from other LED light sets? Let me count the ways...

  1. No transformers. They plug right into a 110VAC receptacle with an ordinary fused Christmas light plug.
  2. End-to-end connectivity. These have a plug at both ends for more decorating versatility; you can plug additional sets onto the end of the string, rather than having to start each one at an outlet like other LED light sets would have you do.
  3. Compatible with your existing miniature light sets.
  4. Rated for both indoor and outdoor use.
This product is meant to be used as a set of Christmas lights in a dry area, not a flashlight meant to be abused thrashed, and trashed. So I won't throw them against the wall, stomp on them, try to drown them in the {vulgar term for feces}bowl or the cistern, run over them, swing them against the concrete floor of a patio, bash them open to check them for candiosity, fire them from the cannoņata (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, a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or a pack-of-cards-sized instrument that Fergy Fudgehog uses), send them to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or inflict upon them punishments that flashlights may have inflicted upon them.

These are advertised as "soft white" in color; this is a "warm white" color - the two terms are interchangeable according to GE.
These lights are - by far - the warmest white LEDs I have seen in an LED Christmas light set to date (11-26-07).

When the lights were waved about rapidly, AC flicker is evident. This is fairly typical of all LED Christmas lights; this is *NOT* a defect.

Half the set, shown illuminated. The other half is out of the frame and is not shown.

Photograph of this product being used with the Magic Touch Color-Changing LED Light Set and the Philips LED Sphere Lights.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in this light set.
The plot is a little lower than desired because the intensity of the bulbs is a bit too low for the spectrometer.
But it still shows that the phosphor band is stronger than the LED's native blue band.
Note that there is virtually *NO* emission shorter than ~440nm in the blue region of the spectrum.

Spectrographic plot
Same as above; different spectrometer software & settings used.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Test set of these lights were sent by a fan of the website on 11-05-07, and were received on 11-24-07.

Product was 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: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Christmas light set
    LAMP TYPE: Soft white LED w/ faceted covers
    No. OF LAMPS: 50
    BEZEL: N/A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Advertised wattage is 3.2 watts @ 120 volts
    ACCESSORIES: Two spare bulbs, two spare fuses
    WARRANTY: 5 years


    Star Rating

GE Soft White C5 LED Light Set *

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