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Battery candles - the new way to light up your life!
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
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...
This vanilla scented Christmas candle will adorn any decor.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
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