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Battery candles - the new way to light up your life!

Updated on August 16, 2013

Give the Christmas gift everyone will love - battery operated flameless candles

With my Mom now on oxygen, I had to (quite sadly) exchange most of my traditional tea candles for battery operated flameless candles, aka, flameless candles. But, far from remaining sad, I love these new little light fixtures - flamesless candles are da bomb. These flameless candles are perfect for lining around the hot tub and never blow out or get drenched in rain or snow! No wax also means that my furniture remains wax free, and I don't have to worry about tipped over oil candles or open flames around the house.

Battery operated flameless candles hit the market hard just a few years ago, but I wish they'd been around for decades. Some of the newest and nicest battery operated flamess candles flicker and even put out an alluring scent. The candles shown in the picture even have fake drips. In fact, I personally own this set and last year, my friend ruined one by trying to light it - these flameless candles are that realistic!

Come along and enter the world of battery operated candles. I think these candles would be beautiful set on a Valentine's Day table for two.

Update: My 95 year old Mom fell and broke her hip on 11/11/11 (ugh). I was in the hospital with her 7 days and brought in 3 candles just to sort of provide a different atmosphere. Everyone commented on how nice it was to see the flickering lights, even during the day. 2 of the 3 candles burnt out on the 7th day when we were being discharged to rehab. The other one still burns brightly in her rehab room. To read more about my Mom's journey, check out my Squidoo article: Adjust the elderly to rehap - the perils of the rehab system.

Update: 23NOV12 - Mom died in February 2012. She went peacefully and in her sleep - a fitting end to a wonderful woman. Since she's died, I've gone back to wax candles in some rooms of the house but I still prefer the battery operated candles in high traffic areas such as the living room where a bunch of dog tails (and cat tails) knock things over. I love my flameless candles.

Flameless candles with timers

My new favorite battery operated flameless candles.

Now, I thought that my remote control flameless candles were the best thing next to sliced bread until I found these candles with auto shut off! I love these candles! They stay on 5 hours a day and turn off for 19 hours. So, that means that you can 'set 'em and forget 'em!' I like the idea of putting these flameless candles in hard to reach places, like tall shelves in the foyer. Your foyer will be candlelit every night from 6-11 pm or whatever time you prefer. These flameless candles are wonderful Christmas presents (or Hanukkah presents).

Everlasting Glow Flameless Wax Candle with Timer, Vanilla Scent, 3 Pillar Candles in Assorted SizesCHECK PRICE

Flameless LED Vanilla-Scented Candle Pillar with Auto On/Off Timer, Set of 3CHECK PRICE

Inglow CGT55600HY12 6-Inch Tall Flameless Rustic Pillar Cinnamon Chai Scented Candle with 5-Hour TimerCHECK PRICE

Light your Christmas foyer or Christmas tree with flameless candles

These paraffin wax candles are about as realistic as flameless candles can get. LED lights offer you a choice of colors - run multiple colors or make these flameless candles red for the Christmas season. A remote control offers you the selection of full on (as a 'light') or flickering (as a candle).

Flameless candles are the safer alternative to wax candles. Why not put a set under (or on!) the Christmas tree?

Battery Operated Flameless Color-changing LED Candle Light with Remote Control,3 Pieces Per SetCHECK PRICE

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Just plop in a battery operated tea light and turn these beautiful Christmas themed candle holders into a centerpiece. Place them on your mantle around or in evergreen boughs and don't worry about fire.

Set of 12 Glass Votive/Tealight CandleholderCHECK PRICE

Set of 12 Red Glass Votive CandleholderCHECK PRICE

Set of 12 Green Colored Eastland Glass Votive Candle HoldersCHECK PRICE

Luminara Ivory (Vanilla Scent) Wavy Edge Realistic Flame LED Wax Candle Light with Timer - Beware - EXPENSIVE!

Now, I'm not going to vouch for this very expensive (!) flameless candle. There's one reviewer on Amazon who just loves the thing - she says that it's so realistic, her husband tried to blow it out countless times. What she didn't say was if that was after his trip to the Christmas eggnog bowl a few times...

Luminara candles - a flame above the rest

As shows above, Luminara candles are very expensive, but they appear to be worth it according to the reviewers on Amazon.com. These flameless candles are very realisitic, being made of actual wax, and have a delicate scent that enhances with the candle's lighting.

Luminara Burgundy (Cinnamon Scent) Wavy Edge Realistic Flame LED Wax Candle Light with TimerCHECK PRICE

Luminara Flameless CandleCHECK PRICE

LCM Dream Candle, 9-Inch, Ivory FrescoCHECK PRICE

A few ideas for using battery operated candles

I've come up with some pretty interesting uses for my new battery operated candles. My favorite uses are below.

  1. Use battery operated candles in Christmas displays. There's no fear of wreaths or Christmas table displays catching fire.

    For more ideas for Christmas wreaths, check out my article: Make fresh Christmas wreaths.

  2. Place battery operated candles where regular candles would blow out. I use my battery candles frequently during the summer on picnic tables or placed around the yard
  3. Use battery operated candles around hot tubs. Wax candles are not a friend of hot tubs but there's no fear of spilled wax entering the water if you use battery candles for ambience.
  4. Create bedroom romance with the use of battery operated candles. I have some rose scented candles which add a really nice touch to a the flickering lights from my battery candles.

Battery operated candles with timers

Timers are a really nice touch for battery operated candles - especially if you're like me and leave them on for days. The batteries generally last around 100 hours each but, with the use of a timer, you'll get to enjoy all of the 100 hours!

Please leave me comments - this is open to everyone, not just Squidoo members!

Do you like battery operated candles?

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      wow these look really good. And safer than normal candles I always worry about a naked flame especially with kids running around

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      My youngest daughter bought me a red scented battery operated candle for Christmas and I love it. As my lungs have gotten more sensitive I also have to be very careful of the fine charcoal of wax candles so the battery operated candles are ideal. Love them.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      They're pretty neat, I have to admit, if you're in a place where you're concerned about kids getting into the fire or such. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I just bought some of these. They are actually pretty nice!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think they're great cos they're not sending all the fumes from paraffin wax into the room, unless you use pure beeswax which are lovely but quite expensive.

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      Don Wilson 5 years ago from Yakima, WA

      I like the aroma from scented candles, but wouldn't hesitate to put out battery operated candles.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I think they're a brilliant improvement over old-style candles. My great-aunt's house burned down when she forgot and left one burning of the coffee table when she went to church. It was in a glass container, but that broke from the heat of the flame when it ran out of wax.