Target-branded Philips plug-in Warm White LED Christmas lights strand with green wire: Lead-free!!


Summary: As with the version of this product with the white colored wiring, while this product was Lead-free when tested with an XRF instrument, one component was positive for trace (trace = very low levels) of Arsenic. There were also fairly high levels of Antimony in at least one component, which is often the case with electrical items (as Antimony is an ingredient in many fire retardants.) Please continue reading for additional images, links and specific full XRF test results for this product.

Tamara’s personal takeaway: While the Arsenic may not be bioavailable (given the levels are so low), I am uncomfortable with a product with the high levels of Antimony that this product had and I don’t think I would personally choose to use these in my home. I recommend thorough hand washing after installation (even though these were Lead-free.)

Click HERE for some more posts that discuss the concern for Antimony in consumer goods and food packaging.


Plug In Target Branded Warm White LED Philips Christmas Lights Strand With Green Wire: Lead Free!!


This newly purchased (2018) set of Target branded “Philips” warm white indoor/outdoor mini lights strand (pictured above – with 60 lights and a green wire strand) 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.

They had the following XRF readings (with all accessible components tested):

  • Lead (Pb): Non-Detect / Negative 
  • Mercury (Hg): Non-Detect / Negative 
  • Cadmium (Cd): Non-Detect / Negative 

Continue reading below the images…

The green wiring had the additional readings (image above):
(tested for at least 60 seconds)

  • Antimony (Sb): 5,706 +/- 105 ppm
  • Barium (Ba): 498 +/- 57 ppm
  • Bromine (Br): 36 +/- 5 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 552 +/- 38 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 689 +/- 51 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 296 +/- 69 ppm

Green plastic base of lights (image above):
(Arsenic results confirmed with multiple 60-second tests)

  • Arsenic (As): 44 +/- 24 ppm
  • Antimony (Sb): 36,700 +/- 1,400 ppm
  • Bromine (Br): 99,a00 +/- 3,900 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 3,516 +/- 155 ppm
  • Nickel (Ni): 71 +/- 44 ppm
  • Vanadium (V): 1,304 +/- 332 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 2,018 +/- 554 ppm

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Hard green plastic part of plug (image above):
(Confirmed with minimum 60-second test)

  • Antimony (Sb): 92 +/- 22 ppm
  • Bromine (Br): 14 +/- 2 ppm
  • Zinc (Zn): 57 +/- 8 ppm
  • Copper (Cu): 185 +/- 14 ppm
  • Iron (Fe): 27 +/- 15 ppm
  • Titanium (Ti): 1,294 +/- 230 ppm

  • To learn more about XRF testing, Click HERE.
  • To see more lights from this brand, Click HERE.
  • To see these exact lights on Target’s site, Click HERE.
  • To see more Holiday lights I have tested, Click HERE.

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

Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.

Tamara Rubin
#LeadSafeMama







2 Responses to Target-branded Philips plug-in Warm White LED Christmas lights strand with green wire: Lead-free!!

  1. Worried mom December 3, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

    Thank you so much for this, I will not be buying this brand of lights. Do you know if the ikea lights are safe? Also since you said the Walmart one is safe, does that also apply for the white plug in lights from Walmart too?

    • Tamara December 3, 2018 at 8:38 pm #

      The Walmart one that is safe (lead-free and antimony-free) is battery operated. I will have to check on the plug-in Ikea lights. I am sure they are lead-free but I don’t know how much antimony they might contain. I’m relatively newly discovering this issue of antimony in everything around us….

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