This week, I found something I never knew I needed, but immediately fell in love with:
Remote controlled flameless candles.
These things are THE BOMB! Oh man.
Now, I have always loved candles, and I regularly light them around the house. I like to have candles going in the morning when I have my devotions, and usually have one on my desk during the day. I buy tea lights in bulk, and have lighters stashed all over the house. Nothing beats the flickering flame for adding warmth and a true sanctuary feeling for me!
Quite unexpectedly, I stumbled into Candle Innovation 2.0.
I found these at HomeGoods while shopping for something else. HomeGoods is dangerous that way.
I've used battery operated candles before and have always disliked the fake flames. But when I saw these, I hoped they would work for some wall sconces I have.
They came in sets of three, so I had to buy two sets. Each set came with a remote control (one remote can control all sets) and can be turned on and off with a click of a button.
....FROM ACROSS THE ROOM!!!!!!!
And because the "flame" is set low in the candle, they look absolutely realistic.
I put the two "leftover" candles on my dining room table, then went back for another set of three for my bedroom.
With the remote next to my bed, it's easy to turn them on and off without even getting up. They give a soft, romantic glow...although in full disclosure they've been best used to set the mood for sleep during the time it takes me to transition into sleeping mode. I like to read for at least a few minutes with my ipad (light turned waay down, thanks to Lauren's sleeping tips last week) and the candlelight in the room is perfect.
No more worrying about burning the house down by a forgotten candle.
I found other styles available online through Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and several other places. I will be buying more sets in the tall vanilla style for my (windy) outdoor seating areas, and for inside my fireplace in the living room. (I have candle holders set inside the fireplace for when I want to have a little glow without having a real fire.)
The key is making sure the "flame" is low enough in the candle so you can't see that it's not real. Source: Lights.com
Several of the sets have timers that you can set so they light automatically for a certain number of hours and then turn off. I think that's worth an extra few dollars.
For someone who isn't a "gadget girl," these have been a delightful discovery.
Have you made a recent "beautiful find?" I'd love to hear about it!
Now....go light a candle! You can never go wrong with a little candlelight to create a warm atmosphere and welcoming "sanctuary!"