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'SPOOKY TOWN' 4-LED NUV LIGHT



'Spooky Town' 4-LED NUV Light, retail $6.95 (www.michaels.com)
Sold by Michael's Crafts (www.michaels.com)
Last updated 11-27-09





This light is something that a fellow Candlepower Forums user picked up at a Michael's craft store in California. He mailed it to me, and I promised to get it on this website as soon as I could, so here ya go...

The "Spooky Town" light consists of a battery box and switch, and two light heads with two NUV LEDs each, both tethered to the battery box with approximately 1 meter (39") of thin, dark green wire.

The LED modules look like very tiny halogen lights; and consist of two LEDs mounted in a black box with a chromed plastic "reflector" and a clear plastic lens over the end. These "fixtures" are mounted to bases with swivels to adjust the heads up and down, and which have a metal piece in the bottom so the "fixtures" don't tip over so easily.

Because this isn't a scary Halloween decoration, you won't have to clean pee off your sidewalk or porch from some Trick-Or-Treater, and you can use it at other times of the year if you wish as well, and nobody will be the wiser.


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Install three AA cells in the battery box first (see below), and then you can begin using the Spooky Town lights.

Unreel the 1 meter of wire from the light fixtures to the battery box. Place the light fixtures wherever you see fit (within 1 meter of the battery box, of course), and hide the battery box wherever you see fit.

On the bottom (or top) of the battery box is a slide switch to turn the lights on and off. Slide the switch on (toward the center of the battery box) to turn the LEDs on; slide it to the off position (away from the center of the battery box) to turn the LEDs off. This is pretty much as easy as it gets.



To install the 3 AA cells this light needs, put the battery box in your hand so the switch faces up and to the left. There is a cut-out in the lid for the switch. Slide the lid to the right, off about 1 inch, then lift it off. Set it aside.

Insert three AA cells, so the positive (+) button end faces the covered portion of the unit (to your left). All three cells go in the same way, which I find a bit unusual. So don't let it throw you.

Place the battery lid over the opening, but let about 1" overhang from the end. You'll see a tab on it, so you'll know for certain whether it's overhung far enough or not. Slide it closed, so the tab goes underneath the closed-off area where the positive (+) button ends of the cells are.

Advertised current draw is 200 milliamps. That's 50mA per LED, so they are overdriven somewhat, but not terribly so.

There is a jack for a 4.5VDC adapter on the side of the battery box, but I don't have the adapter needed, so I can't test this portion. The barrel of the AC adapter plug is (-), and the center is (+). And there is an instruction on the side of the box stating that you should use a Lemax adapter, item # 34988.



This is a seasonal, limited-use lamp designed to light up things like dioramas and similar objects, not a flashlight or a toy. So I won't stomp on it, throw it in the john, run over it with a 400lb motorized wheelchair, slam it against a steel rod, or perform other indencies on it that a normal flashlight might have to endure.

The cords leading to each light are very thin (I'd guess AWG 24 or 26 gauge; maybe even smaller), so be careful so you don't break them. If you really jerk on them, they'll become broken, and you don't want that to happen. :-O

There is *no* UV warning on the package or on the light itself. The only admonishment of any sort on the package is:
This item is for ornamental and decorative purposes only. It is not a toy and is not intended for children.
This admonishment is also printed directly below the English version in a foreign language which I cannot identify. Possibly Italian, French, or Spanish.



Beam photograph at ~12".
Wavelength is too short to get any measurements.


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






TEST NOTES:
Unit was sent to me by a Candlepower Forums member, and received on 10-29-03.

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



PROS:
Quite bright, for what it is
Nice looking LED "fixtures"
Can use an AC adapter for longer-term use


CONS:
No UV warning of any type
Thin wires leading to LED "fixtures" could become broken


    MANUFACTURER: Lemax
    PRODUCT TYPE: Holiday lighting
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 4
    BEAM TYPE: Circular, hotspot with dim corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide on/off on battery case
    BEZEL: Lamps protected by clear plastic window
    BATTERY: 3x AA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 200mA advertised
    WATER RESISTANT: Splash-resistant at best
    SUBMERSIBLE: NO WAY HOZAY!!!
    ACCESSORIES: None
    WARRANTY: Not stated

    PRODUCT RATING:

    Star Rating





'Spooky Town' 4-LED NUV Light * www.michaels.com







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