Why Choose Flameless Battery Powered Candles Over Real Ones?
Candles are a quick way to make a space feel cozier instantly. They put out the perfect amount of light that flickers and sends out a calming feel. The biggest downside with traditional candles is the fire hazard. You shouldn’t leave a room with a lit candle, and if you have pets or children, the risk is even higher.
The good news is that battery-operated candles, also known as flameless candles, have come a long way over the years. There are all kinds of fake candles from the traditional votive style to taper to tea lights. Some even flicker to put off a more realistic light. Some have timers and even remote controls. There are battery-operated candles out there that will fit the needs of any cozy enthusiast.
These candles can be placed all over your house to make things cozy in any room you choose. In some countries, it’s a tradition during Christmas to put candles in the windows. But why not have candles in the window during all the darker months to brighten your home up? No matter how you decide to use them, and wherever you place them, battery-operated candles are cozy, safe, and come in all shapes and sizes.
Today I am reviewing the different types of electric candles available on the market and the best choices in each category. At the bottom, I also answer common questions about these modern candles. Questions like: are they safe? How can they flicker? Or how do the timers work?
Best Votive Lights
Best Taper Candles
Best Tea Lights
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Best Votive (Pillar) Style Battery Operated Candles
These are some of the highest quality, more realistic, flameless candles on the market. The wick on these moves to copy a real flame, and does an excellent job. It can be hard to tell the difference without closer inspection. The body of the candles are made with paraffin wax, which is used for real candles, so the look and feel is there.
The flame is an LED light bulb that lasts up to 50,000 hours, meaning you won’t ever have to change it. Each candle takes 2 AA batteries, and high-grade ones will keep your fake candles “burning” for more than 400 hours. I am amazed by the battery life, and believe it’s one of its strongest features since I want to stay in the cozy-mode and not be interrupted by dead batteries.
Another great feature is the included remote that has a 16-foot range making them ideal for high and hard to reach places. The functions are a 2, 4, 6, and 8-hour timer that cycles every 24 hours. For example, when you start the 4-hour timer, it will turn on again the same time the next day and stay on for 4 hours before turning off. For example, you could have it turn on at 6 pm every day so it will stay lit while you’re on the couch watching tv or reading a book.
On the same remote, there is an on and off button. There are two different modes, one that makes the light flicker and one that keeps it stationary. Finally, the remote lets you increase or decrease the brightness of the candles.
As a small side note, when using the remote to turn the candle off and on, it may drain battery power a little faster than turning it on and off on the candle itself. You will still get hundreds of hours of battery life though, so no need to worry too much about it.
As far as realistic battery operated candles go, you can’t go wrong with the Antizer brand. They are high in quality, looks, and use AA batteries, which is a little more convenient than the DD batteries that some other brands use. They are 3.25 inches in diameter, which is an excellent standard width to fit most candle holders and lanterns. This three-pack comes with one 4, one 5, and one 6 inch candle. The three different lengths look great sitting together and can be used almost everywhere, including windows and lanterns.
These are a lot like the Antizer candles. They have all the same features as far as the remote and flickering flame go. The main difference is these use 3 AAA batteries and can give up to 150 hours of continuous light.
What’s cool about the Comenzar flickering candles is they have the standard looking votive candles, but they also have birch bark candles which not only look very cool but can add a rustic, cozy feel to any room. They also look lovely on their own and don’t require candle holders to be fancy.
Do you like the design? I like the rustic look.
Best Battery Operated Taper Candles
If you prefer the more elegant look of a longer taper candle, then these are what you’re looking for. The candles have silver stands included, but if you don’t like the stands, the candles are removable and can be placed in other taper candle holders. There is also a gold base option.
The candles are around 10 inches tall and 0.9 inches in diameter. The stands are around 1.5 inches tall and 2.4 inches in diameter at the base.
These do flicker, but not by moving the wick like the votive candles. The light bulb switches brightness to imitate flickering, which works well with this style of candle. The fake flame is realistic-looking as well with a round body that becomes a point at the top. The bulbs are LED, so they are long-lasting and don’t heat up.
The body of the candle is made of plastic but coated in wax for an even more realistic look. Each candle takes 2 AA batteries, which are not included.
There is a remote included which can control all the candles no matter how many you buy. There are a lot of settings. On/off, 2H, 4H, 6H, and 8H timmers and a brightness adjuster. If you set the timer it will automatically turn off then turn on again at the same time 24 hours later.
The light these give off is cozy and looks great in windows. They look very warm and inviting from the outside. If you want that look in all the windows of your home, there are candle holders with suction cups that sets the candle on the window. They are an excellent option for making a house look more festive for the holidays.
These LED taper candles have a different flame style than most. The bulb is put inside with wax walls around it, which makes it look like a real candle that is melting. That changes how the light looks since you can’t see a fake flame, and it lights up the upper part of the candle’s body. It’s a different style and could be a better option for people who want a less polished and more used looking candle that puts out a softer light.
The flame does flicker by changing the brightness of the bulb and the body of the candle is made with real wax making it look very realistic. You can choose between 9 and 12 inch candles. Included with the purchase are three silicone adapters that go on the bottom of the candle, making it easier for them to fit in all different kinds of candle holders.
They use 2 AA batteries and do not have a remote. Even though there is no remote, they do have a 6-hour timer built into the candles on/off switch located at the bottom. Because the timer function is built into the candle, the battery power should last longer than the candles that use remotes. The downside is that in order to reset the timer, the batteries must be removed and inserted again.
The GiveU battery operated taper candles are a nice take on the traditional candle-look and can fit in more candle holders than most because of the silicone adapters. They are a great choice for cozy lighting with a rustic feel.
Best Battery Operated Tea Light Candles
Vont is a great well-known company that has been making great lights for years, and their realistic tea lights are no exception. They are very affordable and can last for 72 hours of total run time, which they advertise is two times longer than the competing flameless tea lights.
The LED bulb flickers to give off a realistic warm dancing light effect from the frosted flame, which puts off a warm glow. These lights add a warmness to a room, and they are dim enough that you can place lots of them in the same room or the same area without brightening it too much.
The base is 2 by 2 inches, just like real wax tea lights, so they will fit most candle holders. They take a CR2032 battery that comes pre-installed with purchase, so they are ready to go right out of the box. There is an on/off switch located at the bottom of the candle for easy use.
Battery operated tea lights are perhaps the most common style of the flameless candle out there since they add so much to any event or personal space. You have all sorts of colors, sizes, and flames to choose from. If you are looking for a simple round base with a realistic-looking flame, you can’t go wrong with Vont. They are one of the best in the business and guarantee the quality and longevity of their candles. All in all, these are a great product at an excellent price.
There are tons of flameless candles on the market, and many of the different categories look the same. So when I find an interesting take on a traditional tea light, I have to add it to the list.
The Homemory tea lights are the size of traditional tea lights, but they look like votive or pillar lights, which not only feels authentic but also adds a more character than just a round base with a flame sticking out of it.
They use an LED bulb that flickers for a realistic look and put off a warm white light that is a little different than the traditional, almost orange light, which many other flickering candles use. They are also a little brighter than most tea lights, which means you will need less of them to get the perfect amount of light in a room to cozy it up.
The company advertises its lights last 100+ hours. That is way longer than most other tea lights on the market today. They use a CR2032 battery, which comes pre-installed, making them ready to go right out of the box. The base is 1.4 inches wide and 1.25 inches tall.
These are unique tea lights you won’t see very often. They look so good on candelabras or just sitting on their own in a window or on a table. If you like small flickering lights in your warm space, then these are perfect for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can flameless candles catch fire?
As long as the flameless candle is using an LED bulb (like most battery-powered candles today), they will not put off any heat and are safe to use in areas that traditional candles usually wouldn’t be and will not catch on fire.
That being said, you must always make sure your candle is clean and in good working condition every time you use it. Battery operated products sometimes will corrode if they get wet and may become dangerous over time. All it takes is a quick look-over before use, and you won’t have to worry about any fires.
You should also make sure that the lights you purchase are in full compliance with CE and ROHS standards. For this reason, I recommend purchasing lights from a reputable brand than cheaply made cheaper alternatives.
What are battery operated or flameless candles made out of?
There are many different kinds of flameless candles out there, and many of them are trying to look as realistic as possible. Most of the votive or pillar style candles are made with paraffin wax, which is what many real scented candles are made out of. Because of this, it is not a good idea to leave paraffin wax candles, real or fake, in direct sunlight or areas that get a lot of heat since they can melt.
Taper or tea light candles are often made of plastic but sometimes can have a paraffin wax coating. Be sure you know what your candles are made of if you place them in a window that will get a lot of sunlight.
Are flameless candles tacky?
I hear this question a lot when I tell people battery operated candles are the perfect way to warm up a room, house, or any space. My answer is always; it depends. Some fake candles do look very cheap and put off an artificial light that doesn’t look cozy or nice.
That’s why I recommend flickering flameless candles. They often put off a very warm, realistic light that moves and looks just like a real candle. Lighting is so important when it comes to cozy, and you can undoubtedly overdo it with the candles. So long as the light the candles are putting off looks realistic and warm, you don’t have to worry about feeling tacky.
Can flameless candles go in water?
A lot of flameless candles are waterproof, but before you buy one, make sure the manufacturer has stated that they are. Waterproof lights require a sealed case to keep the battery and electrical components dry and in good working condition. If you buy a flameless candle that has a moving part or a battery compartment that isn’t entirely watertight, chances are it is not waterproof.
How do flameless candles work?
Flameless candles come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. A very simple flameless candles work a lot like a Christmas light. With a simple bulb on a base powered by a battery. If you want a long-lasting, safe candle that does not put off any heat, make sure you buy candles with LED bulbs.
How do flameless candles flicker?
The more complicated kinds or flameless candles are the flickering kinds. A simple version is that the bulb itself changes brightness or “flicker” to mimic a real flame. The more intricate types and usually the larger candles will have a small motor that moves the fake flame around to look like a dancing fire.
How to set the timer on a flameless candle?
There are two main types of timers on battery-operated or flameless candles, built-in timers, and timers operated with remotes.
The first and most simple kind is a timer built into the candle itself that is controlled by the on/off switch, usually located on the bottom of the candle. Most timers are set for 4-6 hours in a 24 hour time period. Be sure to read the information by the manufacturer before you purchase the candle to be sure you get one that will be on for the right amount of time. You turn on the candle when you want it to light every day, and you are good to go. These timers are very simple, and to reset them for a different time of day, you will sometimes need to remove the battery then put it back to reset it.
The second kind of timer is operated with a remote. These come in a wide variety and are known to drain the battery on the candle faster than the built-in type. The good thing about them is that they usually have many options for how many hours they will stay on, which can be useful for the different seasons. The way you set the timer is pretty standard. You turn on the candle using the on/off switch, usually located on the bottom. Then using the remote press the timer button with the desired length of time, and it will turn on again at that time the next day.
How long do flameless candles last?
It depends on the kind of candle you buy. The bigger ones that use more batteries will last longer than the smaller tea lights that use smaller batteries. The LED candles will last longer than any other kind. The candles that have a light that moves to mimic flickering will not last as long as stationary lights, but the difference will be small.
If you use a remote to control the candle, it will drain the battery faster, but if your candle comes with a remote, that doesn’t mean you have to use it. All candles come with an on/off switch, and if you only use the switch, then the candle battery will not drain as quickly.
Do flameless candles smell?
They do not. Some flameless candles can be made with scented wax, but they will not put out a scent like traditional candles.
Can flameless candles be painted?
Yes and no, what it comes down to is what material are they made out of. A lot of the realistic ones are made with real paraffin wax, which regular paint will not work on, and even specialty paint has a hard time sticking to. If you want to paint flameless candles, be sure to buy the kind that are made out of plastic which can be painted easier.
How bright are flameless candles?
It depends on the style of candle. So far, the brightest flameless candles I have found are the taper ones. The flame is usually exposed, so they put out more light than the ones that have an inset “flame” or bulb. Also, some lights like most tea lights are made to put out a very dim light that is used for ambiance and not as a source of light.
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