subscribe: Posts | Comments | Email

GKI / Bethlehem Lighting 20 Crystal Drop Lights

1 comment

Overall Impression: Unique blocky bulb design, extremely energy-efficient

  • Nice: LED bulbs have a truly unique blocky bulb design.
  • Naughty: Bulbs are not replaceable; strange choice of colors in our sample.
BUILD QUALITY
EASE OF USE
ORIGINALITY
COLOR AND PRESENTATION
PACKAGING

GKI / Bethlehem Lighting of  Taunton, Massachusetts produced this interesting variation on the LED light set. They are manufactured by Bortex Industry Co. Ltd. of China. The bulbs are somewhat larger than C-5 size, although the package does not indicate a relative size – the bulbs are about 1 1/4 inch long and 1 inch wide, making them a wide bulb.  They have a truly unique “blocky” design that looks great.

There are five colors in the twenty-light set: red, yellow, orange, green, and blue. You might expect that there would be four bulbs of each color – but, at least in our sample, you would be wrong! There were 5 red, 5 yellow, 5 orange, 3 blue, and 2 green. This tilted the color balance strongly to the red part of the spectrum. On a tree with many light sets, like our Project 2009 tree, it really doesn’t matter very much, but it still would seem logical to have an equal representation of the colors. Perhaps the assembly line was short of green and blue bulbs when our set was assembled?

There are two add-on sockets – one at each end. The package indicates that they consume .020 amp, which is about 2.5 watts, so they are very energy efficient.

Wire length is OK but not spectacular: 6 inch spacing between bulbs and a 4 inch lead-in.

The most unusual aspect of this set is that the bulbs are NOT replaceable. GKI states that “the lights used for this light set is a LED chip and has an extraordinarily long life, the chip will last as long as the light set and is not replaceable.”

Packaging is a weak point: the bulbs come in a plastic bag with a fold0ver cardboard header. If you need to store these bulbs, you’ll have to provide your own box.

The set is available from amazon.com. We obtained the set for the price of $19.99 at Christmas 2009.

This otherwise well-made set is hampered somewhat by the non-replaceable bulbs.

Leave a Reply