There’s an old proverb that says, “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” However, the origin of this proverb was back in the day before electricity and when candles were the main source of light in the evening hours. Just imagine what it would have been like to have to use candles once the sun set and your day was cut short. I know how I feel when the power goes out during a storm and we have no more electricity and we have to rely on flashlights or candles—definitely not the most fun. I couldn’t imagine having to live like that my whole life. I’m daily thankful for electricity and that we don’t have to rely on candles…unless we want to burn some for a nice fresh scent or for ambiance.
Dangers in Burning Candles
We all know that there are dangers with burning candles. That’s not a big surprise. Your cat or dog could knock one over and catch your carpet or curtains on fire and hopefully you’d be home if that happened to attend to the situation. That’s why one of the number one rules when burning candles is to extinguish the flame before you leave the house or go to sleep. One problem with that is that maybe you might forget to put them out. Hopefully then the wick would only burn out and the candle wouldn’t get knocked over or a curtain wouldn’t get blown over to one of the candles.
The LED Candle Trend
At least these days we don’t have to worry about what the people did many generations ago. Wax dripped all over the furniture, fires were caused and it wasn’t always a good situation, but they had no other choice but to use these candles. There is a new trend in candles called LED candles. They are made of scented wax and the good news is that there is no flame, but they still give off a scent. The only way that they would melt is if they were left for a long period of time on a window ledge in direct sunlight or on another hot surface like a stove.
These candles are expected to last for about 100,000 hours. Have you ever heard of any other traditional candles burning for that long? I haven’t and I’m sure you haven’t either. According to Steve Fisher in his article Candles, Candles Burning Bright from the Costco Connection, that amount of hours “is equivalent to 13 to 15 years of regular daily usage.” How cool is that! Also, these candles do not give off heat so if you don’t usually use candles in the summer because of that reason, now you can. In our house, we don’t usually burn candles in the summer time for that specific reason.
Another great feature of these LED candles is that their battery life is for one year. With traditional candles which are burned often, their wicks burn out quickly and you’re off to the store to buy candles more often than you’d like. For some more valuable reasons why you should use these LED candles, check out the article by Mr. Fisher.