Our Guide to Flameless BatteryCandles
Hopefully you will find this useful and pass it on to others to whom it may be of interest. It's just about impossible to cover all versions of the candles in this popular growing market so we've selected the most common candles that are available to buy in stores and on the internet within the UK.
What's all the fuss about?
Safe, clean and practical... All flameless battery candles are safe as they don't generate any heat. The lighting is powered by batteries - disposable or rechargeable. There is also no messy wax to clear up. With thousands of fires caused by candles each year, these candles allow those with pets or children to enjoy candlelight in safety.
Cost effective and Convenient... Burning for up to 1,000 hours on one or two batteries these really do save a lot of money.
Restauratuers, hoteliers and events managers can also benefit from big savings and added convenience. Just think - no awkward lighting, no risk in busy customer areas, no need to clean glasses or holders, or to replace dead candles.
Flameless Battery Tealights
Usually made in the same height and width as a standard tea light. The tea light is switched on from the bottom and run times can go up to an amazing 80 hours on a single replaceable button cell battery. The flames are moulded from plastic with various light intensities - usually two main varieties - bright white or amber. As they are structured to resemble a real tea light they should fit into most tea light holders that you already have around the home. No heat is generated at the base or flame.
Real Wax Flameless Candles With LED Bulbs
The electronic units of these flameless candles are covered with real wax making these arguably the most authentic flameless candles. Some have a melted edge look and some moulded with a wax drip effect running down the side. The LED bulb at the top creates a warm flickering effect when switched on. Batteries can be replaced and rechargeable versions are available. The wax is of high quality so remember these will fracture and shatter if dropped or placed down hard.
Real Wax Flameless Candles With Wick Design
These real wax flameless candles come in a variety of shapes - square, round or twisted to name a few, and each has a black wick at the top in the centre to resemble a real wick. It is important to note that these wicks should not be lit under any circumstances. The light emanates from the middle to the top of the candle, and has a random flickering effect. With a burn time of up to 1000 hours, these candles offer an amazingly economical option.
Remote Control Flameless Battery Candles
Now we're getting really lazy! These candles can be switched on from 20 feet away with a slim line, infrared control, and all from the comfort of your armchair - or bar! These candles have both a flickering light feature and a static feature. Available in sets of three per pack, these candles are made from real wax and the light is emitted from an LED bulb at the base of the candle. They also have a timer function, so are perfect if you want your candles on high shelves or candelabras, or if you are going out for the night and want to leave a candle flickering in your window.
Flameless Silicone Pillar or Stub Candles
The silicone versions are sealed units suitable for outdoor use, and whilst they are not 100% waterproof they are suitable for use in the rain. This version should not crack if dropped from small heights making it one of the most durable candles. The burn times can last up to 250 hours on a single set of batteries.
Flameless Candle Tapers Or Dinner Candles
Made from materials such as silicone resin, plastic and even real wax, the flameless tapers are becoming the candle of choice for many restaurants, hotels, choirs and TV shows. They are usually switched on by the pressing the flame or via a switch at the base. The tapers usually run on a one or two AA or AAA batteries and can have run times of 80 hours plus. As they are of standard taper sizes they will usually fit in to candelabras or other candle holders but our advice is to check all dimensions of the candle before purchasing.
Flameless Battery Candle Holders Or Votives
We offer 3 varieties of battery operated candles with holders; either plastic or glass. They all have one thing in common, there's no heat or messy wax generated, so all are perfectly safe. The candle element is either a custom built module to fit into the holder or simply a candleholder with a flameless tea light inside it. The candles can last up to 150 hours on just a couple of batteries.
Blow On / Blow Off Flameless Candles
The blow on/blow off battery candles have a small electronic device, which usually appears as a small hole next to or around the flame of the candle. The sensor needs to be blown slightly to enable the candle to turn on or off. The candles usually have a switch underneath to operate the same function. An increasing number of companies are using this small piece of technology as people find it easier to just blow a candle out rather than pick it up and turn it on or off. This can be a massive time saver, especially in hotels or restaurants.