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Rainbow
  • Model: 1588 (Formerly 1588S)
  • Window-mount rainbow maker that casts rainbows around the room
  • Solar panel powers the unit to revolve and refract light in all directions
  • Genuine Swarovski crystal creates maximum rainbow effect
  • Great for cheering up a room; enchanting for adults, children, and animals
  • Comes with suction cup or wire hanger; measures 6 by 1 by 2 inches
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Product Details

Style Name: Rainbow
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 1 x 6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B000068UG6
  • Item model number: 1588S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (884 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,391 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
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Style Name: Rainbow

Rainbow maker

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Customer Reviews

They really are fun to watch and move in ways you don't quite expect.
Mark Wieczorek
I bought one for myself and loved it so much I bought more for friends and family as Christmas gifts.
Megan
I have had one of mine for over two years now and it still works great.
Erico Suave

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125 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Fulton on February 16, 2009
Style Name: Double Verified Purchase
This joins the radiometer and 4" prism as one of the basic sun toys that everyone should have. It's a fun design with a transparent case, exposed motor, different colored gears, and counter rotating crystals. It looks to be quite well made, and I was pleased to find that its large built-in suction cup does a good job. Up close you hear a little whirring sound (not objectionable) from the motor and high speed gear, but from across the room it runs silently. Its speed doesn't vary with the intensity of the light, it either runs or it doesn't run. Occasionally it will click for a few seconds as the shadow of the sun passes over it.

I saw one reviewer who said the single crystal unit worked fine, but the double unit was underpowered and would barely rotate in bright sunlight. I don't find that to be the case at all, mine rotates even when the sun is partial obscured by clouds. As I write, it is late on a winter afternoon in New England with the sun low in the sky at 60 degrees off perpendicular, and my double unit is still running. I experimented and found it would even run when the solar cells were illuminated from the back!

Minor negatives --- Compared to the one big bright solar spectrum a 4" prism will throw on the wall, the spectrums from this thing are pretty small and dim, though the compensation is that there are many of them and they sweep around the room. When the sun is at the right angle, you have to expect that some of these 'rainbows' are going to pass over your eye, so you get a little flash now and then. It's more complicated than a prism or radiometer, so it's probably not going to live as long.

For those interested technically its solar panel is 4 cm x 2.5 cm = 10^-3 m^2 and looks to be five (1/2 V) cells in series.
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125 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wieczorek on January 22, 2003
Style Name: Rainbow Verified Purchase
I placed this item in my living room in a window that gets sunlight about 6 or 7 hours a day in the winter. It really needs direct sunlight in order to spin. In fact, if it doesn't have very strong sunlight, it'll make a ticking noise as the gears click against each other.
This is probably because the motor doesn't have enough electricity (from the solar panel) to move it foward, but has enough to make some of the gears move. Since it does make a noise that could bother you, if you're not a heavy sleeper, and you like to sleep after the sun has hit your windows, I wouldn't recommend this for a bedroom.
The rainbows are nice and reach across the room. They really are fun to watch and move in ways you don't quite expect. I'm thinking of finding crystals with two holes in them and stringing them on this rainbow maker. The more crystals, the more rainbows right? Adding crystals would just mean unbending the wire that holds on the current crystal, and adding the new crystal in between so the one it comes with is on the bottom (as it has only one hole).
The rainbow maker also works through our sheer curtains and casts fuzzy rainbows along the wall as well as tiny little rainbows on our curtain. Even when it isn't spinning, as long as it's receiving direct sunlight, it's casting rainbows around the room. It really helps you become more conscious of the passage of time and the movement of the clouds in front of the sun.
In addition to the suction cup, it also has a hook for hanging on a piece of string. I bought one for my mother and she's thinking of hanging it outside in a screened in room for the cats to play with.
The cats were amused by the rainbows, though if you leave it in the window all the time, it becomes less interesting after a while.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Kala TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 14, 2003
Style Name: Rainbow Verified Purchase
I bought one of these because it sounded really neat and I like rainbows. I was a little skeptical when I first put it up, because it days before I noticed anything happening. I realized that it needs a LOT of direct sunlight to work. My house, being located down a hill and surrounded by trees, doesn't get a lot. I put it in the sunniest place, and now I get rainbows! It is a fun experience to go in to the kitchen in the afternoon and have all the cabinets covered in rainbows. :) The cats love it too, they are constantly trying to catch the rainbows!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Armand H. Demers on February 12, 2007
Style Name: Heart Verified Purchase
We've had a somewhat difficult stretch over the past few months and have lost several friends and relatives. We, however, always try to leave the family members with something which will help to keep their loved ones 'alive' in their homes and in their hearts and have found that the Rainbow Makers by Kikkerland serve that purpose exceptionally well. We've purchased several of these through Amazon and have received nothing but compliments. Try one and you'll understand just what I mean!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Linda Fisher on February 15, 2006
Style Name: Double
The first one I received didn't constantly rotate as the inside gears would jam. When I called the distributor I immediately spoke with a nice person who told me to return with "Please debit the postage back to my credit card." on the packing slip. And in a timely fashion I received a new rainbowmaker and a debit for the postage I spent to return the broken item!!! And my new rainbowmaker brings me such joy!
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2002
Style Name: Rainbow
The Solar-Powered Rainbow Maker makes me happy especially on drearier days when there is only a short period of sunlight. It really improves my mood and spirits to see rainbows traveling all around the room. I so enjoy this product, that I bought one for everyone on my gift list this year.
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