When it comes to creating the perfect ambiance, there’s nothing quite like the soft glow of a candle. But if you’re ready to leave messy wax drips and fire worries behind, flameless candles can be your next best friend. Learn more about the benefits of using flameless candles below and get some tips on how to choose the best one for your needs.
One of the biggest benefits of flameless candles is that they don’t actually burn. This means you can have them going safely 24/7 and you don’t have to worry about pets or children getting into them and starting a fire or getting burned. They also aren’t made of wax — although some are wax-dipped to mimic the feel of real candles — which means there’s no mess or dripping to clean up.
LED bulbs flicker just like a real candle so you get the same calm, peaceful feeling, and they’re great for using in decorative lanterns or candle rings for a realistic touch. Flameless candles are battery operated, which means you can use them over and over again just by replacing the batteries as needed.
When you’re looking for flameless candles, there’s a lot to consider. We offer everything from basic tealights to high-end wax-dipped candles to those with scents and patterns. Below we’ve divided our selection into good, better and best and given you some tips on what to look for when you’re shopping for flameless candles.
Flameless candles that fall into this category are our most basic offerings. These are commonly pillars and tealights that are battery operated and most have a PVC finish that doesn’t offer the same realistic look that those in the Better and Best categories do. These candles have either molded or silicone bulbs, and while some may flicker or have timers, many have just a simple on and off function. One of our best sellers is an electric candle lamp with a sensor that turns on at dusk and turns off automatically in the morning. Many of these candles come in multipacks, and price points start around $5 to $10 going all the way up to $19.99 for value packs.
When you move up from basic flameless candles to this intermediate level, you’ll notice a more realistic look to the candles themselves as well as more functions. LED bulbs mean a more realistic flicker effect and much longer burn times, with the bulbs having up to a 1,000-hour burn time. They also take less battery energy, so you don’t have to replace the batteries as often as the basic candles, and many have timers that let you set the candle to an automatic 6 hours on, 18 hours off schedule. Wax finishes provide an aesthetic that looks and feels like a real candle, and offerings in this category come in different colors and styles, including embossed finishes, that can be displayed as part of your home decor. Collections are great for this, coming in three-, seven- and nine-piece sets for an instant coordinated look. These flameless candles come at a higher price point, with prices averaging around $15 to $25.
When it comes to the best flameless candles, Luminara® is the brand to look for. These battery-operated candles were originally designed for Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which means they add that little extra bit of magic to any space. They have different finishes to create different flame patterns as you look at them, and they come with built-in timers and remotes that let you customize when they turn on and off to your preferences. Many of these candles have fragrance diffusing properties so you get a realistic looking and smelling candle with all of the benefits of the flameless design. While Luminara® flameless candles come at a higher price point, the quality and functionality can’t be beat.
If you’re looking for an easy way to add a little extra character to your space, the flameless candle selection at Darice has a variety of offerings. Choose from classic or seasonal designs, or go for something chic like a scroll-patterned pillar candle to elevate your home decor.
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