TARGET COLOR-CHANGING
LED NIGHTLIGHT



Target Color-Changing LED Nightlight, retail ~$5 ()
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Target Corporation (www.target.com)
Last updated 08-08-04





This is an LED nightlight with a twist: a controller of some sort inside automatically cycles the LED color to seven different colors. According to the package, these colors are red, pink, blue, white, green, yellow, and orange

You can turn the nightlight on and off with a rotary, snap-action switch on its front.


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To use your new nightlight, remove it from the package first. Do this by first removing the red plastic protector from the AC prongs. Then, remove the nightlight from the package by lifting up on the plastic bubble, seperating it from the cardboard.

Finally, to borrow a phrase from a TV commercial, "plug it in, plug it in!"

Turn it on by rotating the switch knob on its front clockwise (as if tightening it) about 1/2 a turn until it very clearly clicks. Rotate the switch the same way again until it clicks to turn it off.

It cycles through the seven colors automatically; there are no user adjustable controls.



Since this product is designed to be operated from 110-120VAC, this section can be skipped.



This is an LED nightlight, not a flashlight. So I won't slam it against a steel rod, try to drown it in the john, stomp on it, run over it, or subject it to other indecencies that a flashlight might be subject to.

The nightlight is probably not very water-resistant, but it should have some minor degree of splash-resistance. So if you plug it in near a tub (in a GFCI outlet), I don't think a few drops of water splashed onto it will do it any harm.

It should also be able to withstand a short drop to the floor, but I don't believe it is TOO durable. So please try not to step on it if you find it on the floor; it probably wouldn't like that very well.

The "bulb" unscrews from its receptacle in the nightlight, however I do NOT believe the bulb itself will run from 120VAC, so please don't screw it into a Christmas light set, holiday candle/candelabra, menorah, or other fixture that uses a small candelabra screw base bulb. At least, don't screw it into any fixture until I can test that for you or if the company that makes this nightlight emails me and tells me its OK.

(Edit, 06-11-04):
Upon the advice of the nightlight's sender, I unscrewed and removed the LED "bulb", and replaced it with a C7 1/2 bulb from a Christmas light set. The goal here was to see if the incandescent bulb ran at full brilliance (indicating the DC step-down is in the LED "bulb" itself) or did not run at all, or glowed dimly at best (indicating the DC step-down is in the nightlight housing), and the incandescent bulb lit at what I believe is full intensity. This indicates the DC step-down is in the LED "bulb" itself.

So I can say, with about a 95% certainty, that you can use this bulb in another fixture that uses candelabra screw base bulbs.

(Edit, later on, same day):
The sender of this nightlight bought another one, unscrewed and remove the "bulb", screwed it into a "candle" that uses the same base style of bulb and runs from 110VAC, and it worked properly. So I can now say with 100% certainty that it will work properly in any candelabra base socket you screw it into, provided the fixture is not on a dimmer circuit.

The colors switch in the following manner: one color remains for a few seconds, then the light dims and goes out, and the new color immediately starts to brighten until it reaches full intensity. Lather, rinse, repeat.
The dwell time (when the lamp displays a color at maximum intensity) is approximately 3 seconds, and the switching time (when the lamp dims, goes out, and brightens into the next color) is about 1 second.
This is a fully automatic process; requiring no intervention on the user's part.

The shade around the bulb can be rotated to suit your wishes, and removed to facilitate cleaning. To remove it, just unplug the nightlight, and slide the shade straight out of the track for it in the nightlight's body. When it's clean and dry, slide it back on using the same track in the nightlight's body. Push it straight in until it stops. Plug the nightlight back in, and rotate the shade if desired to suit your wishes.

The "bulb" itself has a single RGB LED with four leads: 1 common cathode, and anode connections for the red, green, and blue dice inside. The step-down circuit itself probably uses diodes and caps, rather than resistors.

Do NOT use on any circuit controlled by a dimmer switch - this includes switched outlets and light fixtures controlled by a dimmer.

Since this is a nightlight with a set purpose, I don't have a whole lot more to say about it.



Picture showing the nightlight lit.
Please note, that the nightlight is aiming 90 to the left here.
In most household outlets, the nightlight will aim straight up & down.



TEST NOTES:
Sample was sent to me by a fan of this website and was received on 06-10-04.


UPDATE: 08-08-04
I have decided to rate this product. I think it deserves the 4-star rating I gave it.


PROS:
Blub (I mean "Bulb") from this nightlight fits other 110VAC candelabra fixtures
Light has cool (temperature wise) operation
Bright enough to be useful as a nightlight, but it isn't overpowering


CONS:
Manufacturer is not known, so warranty coverage is "iffy" at best
Blub (I mean "Bulb") can be easily damaged when removed from the nightlight; use the same caution you would use with incandescent glass bulbs


    MANUFACTURER: Unknown
    PRODUCT TYPE: Color-changing LED nightlight
    LAMP TYPE: LED
    No. OF LAMPS: Unknown
    BEAM TYPE: N/A
    SWITCH TYPE: Rotary on/off
    BEZEL: Translucent and transparent faceted plastic shade in front of "bulb"
    BATTERY: N/A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Stated on the light as "Max 7W"
    WATER RESISTANT: Very light splash-resistance only
    SUBMERSIBLE: No
    ACCESSORIES: None
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





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