I love candles. People love candles. We love them so much that there are stores devoted to only candles all over the place. They provide us with a soft, glowing light, one that doesn’t need to be plugged in and often comes with a nice scent. However, traditional candles are not without their downsides.
First off, you have to light them, meaning you’ll need some sort of lighter or matchbook handy. Once lit, you’ll usually need to stick around and monitor it, since it’s an open flame. The candle itself will slowly disappear with each use, lasting only for a limited time. Sometimes you want the ambience or feeling they give off without worrying about lighting it, extinguishing it, and eventually replacing it.
Second, candles release things into the air as they burn. Most are scented, so you’ll want one that fits the occasion and, of course, smells good. Additionally, when you burn a scented candle, chemicals involved in its production enter the air you breathe. Extinguishing the candle often ends with smoke, especially if you let it burn too long.
So you’ve got situations where the traditional candle isn’t ideal. But you still love candles.
Lucky for us, there are simple alternatives for when you don’t want the smells or the setup, and they’re getting better all the time.