Yuletide Traditions LED Christmas Lights, retail $9.99 (www.bartelldrugs.com)
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Atico (www.aticousa.com)
Last updated 12-23-09

Tired of getting out the Christmas 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 Christmas lights that have multicolored LEDs with faceted plastic C6-style covers instead of fragile glass blubs. They run cool and the bulbs never pop, and the whole set uses just a few watts of your precious electricity.

Yuletide Traditions LED Christmas Lights are a type of LED indoor/outdoor Christmas lights that need no transformer (they plug directly into 110-130VAC).

I was not able to find this product on the Bartell Drugs website, so I am not able to furnish you a URL for them.


Use these like you would use ordinary Christmas light sets.
They have the same fused plug as your existing 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 Christmas 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 Christmas 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 Christmas sets would have you do.
  3. Compatible with your existing miniature Christmas light sets.
  4. Rated for both indoor and outdoor use.
This product is meant to be used as a set of Christmas lights, not as a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused; so I won't try to flush them down the toilet, bash them against a steel rod or against the corner of a concrete stair, let my housemate's kitty cat's ghost go to the bathroom on them, run over them with a 400lb Rascal, or perform other indecencies that a regular flashlight might have to go through.
So this section of the web page will be significantally more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

The colors of lights in this set are red, amber, yellow-green, and blue.

Photograph of the set, illuminated of course.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the red LEDs in this light set.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the yellow LEDs in this light set.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the yellow-green LEDs in this light set.

Spectrographic plot
Spectrographic analysis of the blue LEDs in this light set.
USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

Test set was purchased at a Bartell Drugs in Seattle on 12-17-05.

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

Uses LEDs which operate much cooler and for much longer than incandescents
Decent intensity without being "too much"

Spare lamps are included, but how do you change them?

    PRODUCT TYPE: Christmas light set
    LAMP TYPE: Multicolor LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 35
    BEZEL: N/A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    ACCESSORIES: 2 spare lamps, 1 spare fuse
    WARRANTY: Unknhown/not stated


    Star Rating

Yuletide Traditions LED Christmas Lights *

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