Please click and read for more info! Walmart Holiday Time LED Christmas Lights With Green Wire: Lead Free!!! #Yay!

Walmart Holiday Time LED Christmas Lights With Green Wire: Lead Free!!! #Yay!

This newly purchased (2018) set of Walmart brand “Holiday Time” 8-Function battery-operated LED multicolor mini lights (pictured above) was tested with an XRF instrument. It was not disassembled for testing, only accessible parts that one would normally touch when using them (installing them or operating them) were tested.

To learn more about XRF testing, Click HERE.

Of note: there is NO “Prop 65” warning on the package, product tag or package insert for these lights. They also tested negative (across the board) for toxicants (Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Arsenic and other metals) with an XRF instrument.

This example supports my theory that nationally branded holiday light manufacturers (like Walmart and Walgreens who make their own branded product which they also sell in California) now (in 2018) appear to only be including the Prop 65 warning when there is a toxicant present. Said another way, in 2018 (and later) newly purchased nationally sold holiday lights without a “Prop 65” warning* are likely to be Lead-free!

*The “Prop 65” warning is a legislated California standard (requiring specific labeling for leaded products and products with other specific toxicants present). If national chains manufacture branded product that they sell in California AND elsewhere across the country, the California market is large enough that it makes sense for ALL of their branded product to have the appropriate labeling for California so they don’t have to worry about what stock gets sent where (when managing distribution.)

Also in support of this theory, when we went to buy Halloween lights in 2017, Walgreens had some Walgreens branded lights with Prop 65 warnings and some without. I bought the ones without the warnings and it turned out they were also Lead-free when tested with an XRF instrument.

Ikea holiday lights are also a good lead-free choice.

That said, please do be wary of older sets of holiday lights which can be VERY high lead in the parts you touch. One way to tell the difference between older sets of potentially high-lead lights and newer lights is the older lights have a more rubbery sticky texture on the cords and other elements whereas the newer lights tend to have stiffer harder plastic elements (usually with a rougher / dryer texture to the plastic.)

Please scroll down through all of the images below (and past all of the annoying ads that help to fund my work on this site!!!) to see the exact XRF test results for each component of this set of lights that was tested in order to make this determination.

Click here to see these exact lights on Walmart’s site.

Please click and read for more info! Walmart Holiday Time LED Christmas Lights With Green Wire: Lead Free!!! #Yay!

Green Wire (image above):

  • Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Barium (Ba): 263 +/- 60 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): 296 +/- 194 ppm
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Selenium (Se): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Bromine (Br): 147 +/- 12 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 662 +/- 54 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 2,140 +/- 103 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Vanadium (V): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Titanium (Ti): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Indium (In): Non-Detect / Negative

Please click and read for more info! Walmart Holiday Time LED Christmas Lights With Green Wire: Lead Free!!! #Yay!

Battery Pack (Exterior, image above):

  • Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Barium (Ba): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Chromium (Cr): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Selenium (Se): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Zinc (Zn): 189 +/- 11 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 21 +/- 12 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 164 +/- 12 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 478 +/- 32 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Titanium (Ti): 1,269 +/- 231 ppm
  • Indium (In): Non-Detect / Negative

Continue reading to see the XRF test results for each color bulb.

Please click and read for more info! Walmart Holiday Time LED Christmas Lights With Green Wire: Lead Free!!! #Yay!

Blue Light:

  • Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Barium (Ba): 1,603 +/- 107 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Selenium (Se): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Bromine (Br): 3 +/- 2 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 137 +/- 11 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 76 +/- 20 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Titanium (Ti): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Indium (In): Non-Detect / Negative

Green Light:

  • Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Barium (Ba): 1,243 +/- 151 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Selenium (Se): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Bromine (Br): 516 +/- 15 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 83 +/- 14 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 230 +/- 25 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 74 +/- 15 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 1,298 +/- 73 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Titanium (Ti): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Indium (In): Non-Detect / Negative

Purple Light:

  • Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Barium (Ba): 1,376 +/- 140 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Selenium (Se): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Bromine (Br): 107 +/- 6 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 103 +/- 12 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 18 +/- 10 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 78 +/- 25 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Titanium (Ti): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Indium (In): Non-Detect / Negative

Yellow Light:

  • Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Barium (Ba): 1,150 +/- 149 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Selenium (Se): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Bromine (Br): 9 +/- 3 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 108 +/- 13 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 45 +/- 25 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Titanium (Ti): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Indium (In): Non-Detect / Negative

Red Light:

  • Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Arsenic (As): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Barium (Ba): 1,640 +/- 179 ppm
  • Chromium (Cr): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Antimony (Sb): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Selenium (Se): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Bromine (Br): 15 +/- 4 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 125 +/- 17 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 78 +/- 34 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Titanium (Ti): Non-Detect / Negative
  • Indium (In): Non-Detect / Negative

If I celebrated Christmas I would definitely consider purchasing these for use in my home.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama

Walmart Holiday Time LED Christmas Lights With Green Wire: Lead Free!!! #Yay! Walmart Holiday Time LED Christmas Lights With Green Wire: Lead Free!!! #Yay!

21 Responses to Please click and read for more info! Walmart Holiday Time LED Christmas Lights With Green Wire: Lead Free!!! #Yay!

  1. Sarah November 21, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

    Yay! So good to know! Now if Everyone could make their lights this way!

  2. Sarah November 21, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    So you’re fairly comfortable in thinking that as long as they’re 2018 lights without the prop 65 label, they shouldn’t test positive? Wonder if this particular brand (without prop65) would be a safer bet than others (until we know for sure).

    Also…I’ve been in contact with a tree company and they claim to ne made with PE and no flame retardant…would you possibly consider the tree safe? How about a PET tree with optic fiber lights & no flame retardant? Thank you for educating the world on lead and heavy metals!

    • Tamara November 21, 2018 at 4:14 pm #

      Hi Sarah. I do think these lights will be safe. I have another Walgreens set I am testing too – with similar parameters that I expect will also be Lead-free. I am fundamentally against fake trees – from an environmental perspective… and I think a potted tree you can keep in the house is better – or a small real tree if possible. But we also don’t celebrate Christmas (we are Jewish) so my perspective is skewed.

      • Sarah November 21, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

        Seeeeee! I look forward to seeing the results of more light testing. Oh yes, I totally get that about trees! 🙁 I’m sorry. We do enjoy a real tree and will also be making a wooden tree at some point. There’s just something (to me) though about having a tree I can put up in early Nov and keep it up until end of Jan. I tend to enjoy stretching out the festivities in my mind. 😉 if it’s any consolation, I like the pencil trees that don’t have many branches. I do wonder if they’ll at least be lead free if they’re made without pvc tips.

      • Worried mom December 2, 2018 at 9:59 pm #

        hi Tamara, can you test any big name brands of plug in Christmas lights such as Philips (sold at target) or the ikea ones? I really want to buy some plug in white lights for my kids Christmas tree but so worried they may have lead, thank you so much!

  3. Sarah November 22, 2018 at 5:06 am #

    Oops! Came back to show my family. Meant *sweeeeet! Not see. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Tamara!

    • Tamara November 22, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      Thank you! You too! Have a great holiday!

  4. Crunchy mama November 22, 2018 at 7:16 am #

    just curious-what holiday do you celebrate?

    • Tamara November 22, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      Chanukah & very low-key:
      • Organic potato latkes (sometimes vegan) and beeswax candles in the menorah.
      • Small gift exchange/ white-elephant gift exchange.
      • One or two GIANT MUSICAL latke parties each year too (where we invite everyone we know and I am on my feet for 6 or 8 hours cooking latkes while everyone plays jazz in the living room!) 🙂

  5. Anna November 22, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

    Thanks very much for this! Perfect timing. Ordered multiple sets using your affiliate link.

    • Tamara November 22, 2018 at 7:47 pm #

      Oh – I don’t have an affiliate link for Walmart – It’s just a direct link. 🙂
      I need to figure out how to make it an affiliate link!!!

  6. Joe November 25, 2018 at 10:09 am #

    Hi Tamara, Do you think all the Walmart branded “Holiday Time” lights will test safe like the one you tested? Even the plug in versions? Is there anyway you could test more versions of this brand so we can feel confident buying this brand? I will gladly buy through your affiliate link as well!

    • Tamara November 25, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

      I expect to be posting more today. Unfortunately I don’t have an affiliate link for Walmart – so it’s just a normal link! 😉

      • Joe November 26, 2018 at 8:43 pm #

        FYI, here is the link to become a Walmart.com affiliate so you can post affiliate links for us to use and help you out for all the work you do! https://affiliates.walmart.com/

        • Tamara November 26, 2018 at 8:59 pm #

          Thank you so much! What a sweetheart you are!!!!

    • Amanda November 26, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

      I agree, I would like this as well! Perhaps some white lights?

  7. Amanda November 26, 2018 at 5:23 am #

    Hi Tamara,

    I’m so grateful for all your work in keeping our world informed, I frequent your site before most purchases. Regarding holiday lights, did you happen to test any white lights or just the multicolored?

    Thanks in advance!
    Amanda

  8. Worried mom December 5, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

    Hi Tamara, I saw the plug in version of the Walmart holiday time lights have arsenic and antimony. The thing is, I prefer white lights. Do you think the battery pack white lights will test the same, arsenic, lead and antimony free as the colored battery pack lights?

    • Tamara December 5, 2018 at 9:39 pm #

      I do think all the battery pack style lights will be similar from this brand [educated guess.]

    • Joe December 6, 2018 at 5:21 am #

      Hi, where did you see that the plug in version of Holiday Time lights have arsenic in them? I just bought a bunch assuming they would be safe…

    • Joe December 6, 2018 at 5:33 am #

      Sorry, never mind, I missed Tamara’s new post.

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