Who doesn't love candles? I've always had a bit of an addiction to the flickering little fire hazards and have been burning my money on them for years. My consumption has gone down, now with little ones running around, but the need to infuse our space with tranquility is at its peak.
I've come across many battery-operated "candles" on the shelves of CVS, Target or wherever. At best they are poorly molded plastic made to resemble an unlit candle with a little blipping light hidden deep inside. Useless and ugly.
I was skeptical when I first heard about these new "realistic" LED flames but with low expectations I gave them a test drive. Then I unexpectedly fell in LOVE!
They are crafted from real wax and have a translucent flame-shaped tip in the center that is uplit by a warm amber LED. The "flame" flitters around bobbing sideways and also back-and-forth creating the illusion of a shape-shifting flame casting a lifelike glow and shadows with striking similarity to the real thing. Sorcery!
Actually, the technology was originally developed by Disney Imagineers for The Haunted Mansion and it is impressive. While of course there have been knockoffs, we have found that the others do not have the same silent performance or the right color temperature like these.
No flame means they are completely safe anywhere. I took one to the hospital for the birth of our second daughter and it was the most important item in my bag. "No thank you Nurse, I do not need that blazing fluorescent lamp assaulting us as I feed the baby at four in the morning." So, yes, they make a great nightlight too.
There is also a remote that makes turning them on and off a breeze (and one remote can activate them all,) as well as a timer setting so they will turn off after several hours. The batteries last a really long time with at least 500 hours for some.
Some variations are available for outdoor use and the wind is no match for romancing-up al fresco evenings with these little wonders. They are also great for event venues where open flames are not permitted (and will certainly "wow" your guests.)
They are bit pricier than a typical high-quality candle but don't burn away so they pay for themselves pretty quickly. Here are some examples of different options. Contact us for more information or to find the right style for your space.