Thursday, September 23, 2010

Has anyone tried flameless/battery operated candles?

Well, I hadn't until recently. I'd seen tiny LED tealights in restaurants but I'd never been crazy about them because they had the fake flame shaped bulb. The one Enjoy Lighting sent to me is definitely many steps up I have to say. Mostly, I was impressed by how real the candle itself looked and felt. It's made of wax and resin, and the surface definitely feels like wax.

Another thing I really liked is that the candle can be programmed to automatically turn off after 4 or 8 hours. This is nice if you often fall asleep with candles burning - which also causes a huge fire risk - which these candles don't have. So for those of you who have a habit of leaving candles unattended, or have kiddies, or fall asleep with candles burning - these are a good solution. I was also impressed by the flickering affect created by the 3 tiny LED lights in the candle.

Here are some pics I took of my candle -

from directly overhead

In pitch dark. These candles are not quite as bright as real candles, which one of my only complaints. If you are seeking real illumination be sure to get several candles. The only other drawback for the model I had is that it requires 4 batteries.

Here are some much better photos from the site:

Go to Enjoy Lighting to learn more.

Disclosure: I received this Enjoy Lighting product as a sample.

Sorry I just had to include this pic of my pups -

Remi in the passenger seat, Storm in the drivers seat. They love to make the rounds when it's feeding time for the livestock.


Ijeoma said...

Never tried them before and I suppose they'll be alright. But there's something about the smell of burning candles, that I cannot resist!

Anonymous said...

Love these ! I have become obsessed with them. I have 2 lanterns on a very high shelf that inside I have placed the battery candles that have a built-in timer. Every night they come at 6pm and turn off at midnight. I also have some candle stick looking battery candles that do the same thing. I have way too many of these!!

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

I love them, esp for families with young children or pets. Even blogged about about some great ones with Halloween landscapes:


Sarah @ Maison Boheme said...

Yep - I've got them too. I've got a 2 year old running around and I don't want to chance it. Mine look great, especially when i put them in a large hurricane or a Moroccan lamp or something to disguise it a bit.

Louise said...

You can also hollow out real candles with a knife (or let them burn down, if they are the kind that burns down in the center leaving the sides still upright) and pop those little fake flame led's down into the candle. You won't see the fake flame cause it is plopped down in the candle. A good way to use candles that are burning down. The heat of the LED light makes the candle a tad warm so you still get a whiff of candle scent, but the LED isn't hot enough to really melt the candle anymore.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I love the idea, and bought one some time ago, yet never use it because the light is way too dim, not at all like a candle. Maybe yours are better!

Ashley said...

@Louise - what a great idea!

diane@onlinefabricstore said...

I have used these candles for quite a while now and they are a great option for those rooms that need a bit of candlelightand no one is in the room allthe time i.e a party. They are also nice to use at a dinner table as there is no scent to compete with the smell of the food.

Annie @ PlumSiena said...

I have used them for a couple of years now- ever since a neighbor's house burned down from- yep, candles burning.

Love them, although I agree- the light is not very bright.


April @ said...

I have two flame-less candles whose bulbs are on the inside of the candle. The top has a little wick that looks slightly burnt but the bulb is completely enclosed giving the candle a soft glowing effect. They look and feel like real candles but don't pose the problem of burning my 3-year-old's hair off like the real kind. I love them and keep them in the master bathroom for ambiance, not that I take many relaxing baths.

Penny@ "WDWS Design Trends" said...

Putting timers in these candles is a great idea, I have never been a fan and now I just might have to try them. Also, thanks for posting the pic of your Aussies. I have two and they are the best dogs. My male goes junkin with me all of the time. You can read my blog post about him here:
P.S. I love your blog, been a follower for some time now!


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