Lighting candles in your home can make the area feel warm and cozy. Putting one in your window can also make your home seem more inviting, especially around the holiday season. While candles are a great addition to the decor of your home, the flame can be dangerous. But don’t worry, there are great alternatives with electric window candles to brighten up your home instead.
Benefits of Electric Window Candles
Although you may be used to using a regular candle, you may not know about the drawbacks of them. Regular, taper candles are made of paraffin wax, a solid, colorless, odorless, and tasteless material derived from petroleum. Paraffin wax is used in most candles unless they are made of soy wax or beeswax, as paraffin is a cheap material. Unfortunately, they could be harming you and your home.
Burning paraffin wax can create highly toxic chemicals called benzene and toluene. These chemicals are known to form cancer as they are carcinogens. The smoke released from burning paraffin wax is also bad for your health. It is called black soot and is as dangerous as second-hand smoke. It is known to cause headaches, but can also be bad enough to form lung cancer and tumors. At the very least, the soot has been known to worsen asthma or cause it.
There is also the well-known risk of burning regular candles: fire. Having an open flame in your home can be a hazard, especially if you have children or pets. Using a regular window candle is an even bigger hazard as the flame may catch on your window curtains or blinds, quickly creating a fire without you even realizing it.
With all the potential risks in burning a regular candle, finding an alternative may be the best choice for you, your family, and your home. The good news is there is plenty of great plug or battery-operated options, notably electric window candles to choose from. So, what are the benefits of using them?
The first advantage of using an electric window candle is that it is reusable. Using a regular candle means you can only use it until it has finished burning. An electric window candle, however, can be used repeatedly, and all you need to do is plug the electric candle in, or if it is battery operated, put new batteries in! The only upkeep an electric candle will need is new batteries or a new bulb over the years.
This will, in turn, save you money in the long run. Though an electric window candle may be more expensive upfront than a regular candle, they will last much longer than a regular candle, meaning you don’t need to keep buying new candles for your home, just new batteries and a new bulb.
Another benefit of using electric window candles is that they are clean. If you have lit a candle for a long time before, especially any window candles, you will have noticed that the wax gets everywhere. Even if your candle has a base to catch the wax, it may still drip on your furniture or windowsill. Paraffin wax can also be hard to remove once it dries, even with scrubbing. Wax can even stain your furniture or windowsill. But, with electric window candles, you don’t need to worry about any wax. You will get the same experience of using a candle, just without the mess.
Electric window candles are also better for not only the environment but also your health. An electric window candle won’t release any of the dangerous toxins or chemicals that a regular paraffin candle does. Also, since electric window candles don’t produce a flame, they don’t produce smoke. This ensures that your home and family are kept safe from both chemicals and black soot. This means you don’t need to worry about the soot damaging your walls, ceiling, or lungs.
Electric window candles have become much more technologically advanced, from top to bottom. Many brands’ have a window candle with timers where you can set the candle to stay on for a certain amount of hours, and it will then turn off by itself. Better yet, some brands’ have a window candle with a light sensor. This means the candle will turn on when the room gets dark at night and turn off when it senses sunlight or a lamp.
An electric window candle will also come with a base or bases to keep your candle’s top upright in your window. An electric window candle is the perfect decor for homes with children and pets. Brands sell a lot of great, decorative bases and candles to act both as decor, or maybe to be used in your holiday celebrations.
Uses of Electric Window Candles
In the past, and still, to this day, candles have been consistently used during the holiday season. Christmas especially utilizes holiday candles, as far back as the middle ages. Other than for light and before modern holidays were celebrated, window candles were first used in ancient times during the winter solstice celebrations as a way to bring the light of the coming spring into the home.
Then, large Christmas window candles started being used to represent the star of Bethlehem, the star that the three wise men followed to reach Jesus Christ in Bethlehem when he was born. Window Christmas candles may have also been used to represent Jesus himself as Christians have named him, “The Light of the World.”
This Christmas tradition has since inspired the creation of Advent. Advent is the four Sundays leading up to Christmas meant to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas. Advent is important to note because the ritual utilizes candles. Each Sunday, a new candle is lit in an Advent wreath, while on Christmas day, all four are lit.
Advent candles are used in churches and at home, sometimes even placed in the window. This is where electric Christmas candles for windows come in handy. You can still count down during the holiday season with these electric window candles for Christmas.
Real candles used to also be used as decor for Christmas trees, which were then placed in the window for neighbors to see. Using an open flame on a flammable tree, however, proved to be a fire hazard. So, electric candles were then used to decorate trees instead, doubling as window lighting.
- No fire risk
- 100,000 hours of use
- Don’t produce any soot to harm your lungs, walls, or ceilings
- Authentic and decorative designs
- Easy to secure in the window or move around
- Need specific batteries
- Limited amount of scents
- The bulb will need changing
My Two Scents
Although these battery-operated window candles are not your average candle, they are a great, safe alternative. They are a great decor piece or can be used as holiday candles to decorate your home from top to bottom. Since the window candles come with a solid base, they can easily stay in your window permanently as the top will not fall over.
Electric window candles are also more cost-efficient than regular window candles. Once a regular candle is lit and burned a few times, it will need to be replaced with a new candle. Your electric candle, however, can be used over and over again by just replacing the bulb and battery in time. Since an electric window candle comes with a built-in base, you don’t need to buy any separate decor or bases.
As electric window candles become more advanced, they become an even better option. Some have LED lights instead of a bulb to save energy, some have a timer on the top or bottom that will turn the candle off after a specified amount of hours, and some even have a light sensor in the top or bottom to turn the candle on as soon as it becomes dark.
One downfall of the electric candle is that they do not have the same variety of scents as other candles. Most electric candles are unscented, so if you want a candle that will make your house smell great from top to bottom and is safe for the environment, soy or beeswax candles may be a better option for you.
Electric Window Candles Value
Since these candles are typically battery-operated, they will last a long time. An electric window candle can last around 100,000 hours, which is over 4000 days of constant, 24-hour use. A typical AA battery, however, will only last around 450 hours. If you get rechargeable batteries, you will just need to charge or change your batteries and continue using your electric candle.
This means that electric candles are a great value as paraffin ones can only be constantly burned for around 10-20 hours before they’re completely finished. Your electric window candle, on the other hand, can last a lifetime.
Although these candles are electric, many brands still carry scented versions to make the candle seem more authentic. There are not many scents available outside of these classic ones:
These scents and many unscented versions are available both in most candle stores and online.