I have been making lighted table runners for my friends and family for Christmas this year. It has been a great deal of fun and I hope the runners turn out to be something that will be enjoyed for years to come. If you are interested in the “how to” for making these runners, see my article on the subject.
I have tried out various light sets while making these runners. Some of have worked out better than others. I will be sharing that information with you so you will know which ones work and which should be avoided at all costs.
First on my list, is the Christmas Houe Battery Pack Mini Light Set, which unfortunately falls in the latter category of lights that you should avoid purchasing.
This light sets runs off of two C batteries. There are 10 lights in each mini set.
The company claims these mini lights are perfect for indoor centerpieces, mantels, walls, windows, wreaths and more. They are not; however, suitable for outdoors or locations where they might be exposed to moisture.
Directions indicate that the bulbs must be pushed tightly into the sockets in order for them to connect properly. While that seemed to work at first, it didn’t hold for long.
The package promises steady burning lights. Unfortunately, that is a falsehood. I purchased two packages and in each instance, only one-half of the lights (5) would burn at any given point in time. The other half (5) would cease and then the cycle would start again.
Unfortunately, five lights are insufficient to light any type of item. They provide dim, nearly invisible lighting at best.
Caution is given not to twist the bulbs into the socket. It says a gentle push will help them connect properly. While that does work at first, as soon as you let go, the bulbs start their periodic on/off rotation.
Other precautions given say to use only alkaline batteries. A mixture of alkaline, standard or rechargeable batteries is not recommended.
The lights use 2.5-volt replacement bulbs. However 3-volt bulbs will also supposedly work in this set.
The Christmas Houe Battery Pack Mini Light Set sells at Dollar Tree for $1. While the price would be excellent if the lights actually worked, the fact that they don’t make even $1 a price too high to pay.
The huge battery pack required to house two C batteries is another negative. It is bulky and virtually impossible to disguise.
I wish I had something positive to say about this light set, but I do not. It is a shameful scam that any company, including Dollar Tree, should be ashamed to perpetrate. Here is my summary rating:
Versatility: 0 stars. There is nothing I can think of where a mere five mini lights would provide sufficient exposure to warrant the $1 price tag. Additionally, who wants to try and hide the other five lights that don’t work, especially when they cycle on and off.
Size: 2 stars. The lights themselves are small enough for almost any type of miniature lighting project. However, the battery pack’s bulkiness make this a “no go” product in my book.
Brightness: 2 stars. Even when they do light, it seems these bulbs burn at about half the brightness they should.
Cost: 0 stars. Even $1 is too much to pay for a product that doesn’t work. When you add in the cost of the batteries, which is at least another $1, then you can see this product is nothing more than a rip off.
Overall Rating: 1 star and that’s pushing it.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor