The Benefits of Battery Operated Candles
August 20, 2008
People have been using candles as a light source, for ceremonial decoration, and other purposes since around 3000 B.C. All candles consisted of some sort of solid fuel source and a simple wick. Although the materials used for the fuel source or candle itself have changed, the basic technology is the same as it was in 3000 B.C. The candle has stood the test of time and the is no reason to expect that it will be replaced by any new technologies any time soon. However, there are some advantages offered by battery operated candles that make them more attractive than traditional candles for some applications.
Flameless candles are safer than traditional candles
According to the National Candle Association approximately 18,000 fires are started by candles each year in the United States. Interestingly, while the number of deaths caused by home fires has decreased by nearly 50% since the 1970's the incidence of candle related fires has increased.
Fire is dangerous. It is that simple. An unattended fire can be very dangerous. In essence, a candle is simply a small fire that is most frequently in the home and is often unattended. Because battery candles use energy-efficient LED lights which create no heat there is virtually no danger of fire.
Battery Operated Candles Outlast Traditional Candles
Even an extremely high quality candle will likely only last for about 5 or 6 hours. A high quality battery candle using energy-efficient LED technology may have a useful life of 50,000 hours or more and can "burn" for 100's of hours on a single set of batteries.
Battery Candles are Clean
Traditional candles can create messes that can't be cleaned up and can damage your expensive linens or furniture. Flameless candles create no melted wax and therefore are much cleaner to use and will not damage your linens or furniture.
Flameless Candles are Environmentally Friendly
Traditional candles may be made of materials that when burned are bad for the environment. Many traditional candles contain toxic materials in the wick or the wax body such as petroleum or lead. Most all of the environmental concerns related to candles involve toxins that are released when the candles are burned. Although many flameless candles are made of wax products, because they are never burned the harmful toxins are not released.
Battery Operated Candles are Less Expensive
For example, one can expect to spend $5 or more for a average quality pillar candle. This candle may burn for 5 to 7 hours. To be conservative, let's assume a even cheaper $4 candle that will burn for 7 hours. The cost of this candle is about $.57 per hour. A comparable flameless candles will last for at least 300 hours and may cost $25 or less. The cost per hour of operating this candle is less than $.08 cents per hour.