Blinking Pumpkin Earrings, retail $4.99
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Twinkling Treasures (URL not known)
Last updated 11-02-11

This is a set of "Jack-O-Lantern" earrings that blink, using a 3mm amber LED inside of a pumpkin-shaped sphere.

They are equipped with standard looking hooks for pierced ears.

And they feed from two AG-5 button cells each; these batteries are quite small, so the earrings do not feel "heavy" in the ears at all.

 Size of product w/hand to show scale SIZE

To use these earrings, feed them first (see directly below), and THEN you can be all scary and stuff.

Directly below the orange-tinted "pumpkin" on the metal part, you'll see a small slide switch. Slide it to the left (as the ear hook is at the top) to start the unit blinking.

Put these earrings in your pierced ears as you would any other "danglies" - the ear hook looks pretty standard to me. These are intended to be used in pierced ears only; there does not appear to be a "clip-on" version of this product available. That doesn't necessarily mean that a "clip-on" version does not exist; it simply means that I was not able to find such a critter.

When you're finished using them, slide that slide switch to the right until the earring stops blinking.

To change the batteries, unscrew the tailap (near the ear hook), and throw it into the graveyard so the zombies find it and drop it into an open grave...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, tip the large part (containing the metal "barrel", the switch, and the plastic globe) into your hand so that the used AG-5 button cells fall out. Dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Stack two new AG-5 button cells onto a table, desk, counter, or other flat surface, button-end (-) negative facing up.

Lower the barrel/globe assembly over the cells, slide it to the edge, and cover the open end with your finger as it's clearing the edge (so all of those new batteries don't just fall out and go clattering across the floor or fall into the carpet and subsequently fall prey to the hungry, hungry vacuum cleaner).

Invert (flip over) the earring and your finger at the same time until the open end faces mainly up; remove your finger.

Screw the tailcap back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad that you didn't chuck that tailcap into the graveyard with all of those smelly, rotting zombies now?

Runtime is advertised as "approximately 8 hours of continuous use".

This is a pair of novelty (and rather seasonal for Halloween) earrings, not a flashlight meant to be carried around, thrashed, trashed, and abused, I won't try to drown them in the potty, bash them against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a patio, let my housemate's citty kats go to the litterbox on them, run over them with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, stomp on them, use a small sledgehammer in order to bash them open to check them for candiosity, fire them from the cannoņata, drop them down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piņata" too much again (yes, I watched four episodes of this program just yesterday!!!) - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piņata Central), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoņata (also located at Piņata Central) is only used to shoot piņatas to piņata parties away from picturesque Piņata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on picturesque Piņata Island), send them to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on them that a flashlight might have to have performed on it.

So this section of the web page will be ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

In fact, the two photographs, two video clips, and the spectrographic analysis you'll find directly below may be pretty much it.

Photograph of the product in it's "ON" cycle.
That yellow color does not actually exist.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in these earrings.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in these earrings; newer spectrometer software & settings used.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the LEDs in these earrings; spectrometer's response narrowed to a range between 570nm and 620nm to pinpoint peak wavelength, which is ~592.10nm.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of fluorescence of these earrings when irradiated with the Wicked Lasers Spyder 3 Arctic 445nm 1W Blue Diode Laser.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

A video clip on YourTube showing the product flashing, while I have one in.

This clip is approximately 1.392 megabytes (1,408,558 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than eight minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

Yes, that's in my right ear...
According to the "earring code" from the 1970s, this is a sure sign that I'm as queer as a $3 bill.
And wouldn't you know it, I'm as gay as a $8 bill.
It's no big secret that I'm a "homosexicle" (from the movie "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"), so I do not mind showing this video.

WMP movie (.avi extension) showing the products flashing (both of them on a desk).
This clip is approximately 2.856 megabytes (2,974,863 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than fourteen minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

That sound you might hear is an episode of ICarly in the first clip, and SpongeBob SquarePants in the second.
This product is not sound-sensitive; the sound may be ignored or muted if desired.

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

Screen dump (yes, that's really what it's called!) from the first video clip.

Test unit was purchased at Raleys in Sacramento CA. USA on 10-24-08.

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: 11-02-08
I used this product on Halloween while handing out candy to Trick-Or-Treaters, and received a number of positive comments about them.

UPDATE: 10-26-09
One of the earrings was dead, so I swapped the batteries between it and the other...still no joy.
But when I fiddled with the cells a bit more, it started working again.

UPDATE: 11-02-09
For some reason, I have to put the earrings in backward in order to get the Jack O'Lantern face facing forward.

UPDATE: 11-02-10
I adjusted the earrings so that the Jack O' Lanterns face forward when I put the earrings in with the correct orientation.
This was accomplished simply by removing the hooks, turning them 180°, and then reinstalling them.
I then used them while handing candy out to Trick Or Treaters later in the evening, and received several positive comments about them.

UPDATE: 11-02-11
I used one of them two nights ago to greet the Trick Or treaters -- I say "one" because the other has no batteries in it and I do not have any AG-5 button cells at my disposal.

    PRODUCT TYPE: Flashing LED earrings
    LAMP TYPE: 3mm (T1) amber LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 2 (1 per earring)
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide switch on/off on side of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Metal & plastic
    BEZEL: Metal; LED protected inside plastic "globe"
    BATTERY: 2x AG-5 button cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND PEE-RESISTANT: Light sprinkle-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 4x button cells (2x cells per earring)
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


    This is a seasonal novelty product and will not be assigned a "star" rating for that reason.

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