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A few years ago I was walking through a gift store when I saw what I thought to be a lit pillar candle.   Yet, there was no actual fire. It flickered and it had a flame. How could this be? The shop owner explained to me that the technology had been developed for Disney or maybe it was by Disney. At $54 for a single pillar candle they were very pricey.  I held off for one year, then revisited the idea of getting one and decided again that they were just too pricey because they had not dropped in price.

My self control paid off…I found them for much less at a local store yesterday.  A picture does not do them justice.  I can’t capture how the flame flickers or how the wax pillar glows.  I understand that there is a small oscillator inside which makes the flame “flicker.”

Moving Flame Ivory Candle Battery Operated 3.5 x 5 Timer - Free Remote

Mine has a switch on the bottom that turns the light off or on or you can set the timer.  It will glow for six hours and then off until it comes on at the same time the next day.  Two AA batteries are needed.

I put mine on the mantel.  That side of the room can get a little dark.

Elmbrae shabby-chic-style-hall

 Colin Cadle photography
Imagine using these candles in lanterns as in the photo above.  You could set the timer to come on at dusk and to go off before bedtime.

Balinese Influenced Bath asian-bathroom

 Robin Rigby Fischer Kitchen and Bath
They would be nice to switch on every time you want to take a nice bubble bath!
Andrea Braund Home Staging and Design
I don’t think that a candle with a real flame can be beat for the ambiance it gives on a dining table but there are just some places where a real flame can be worrisome.
The beautiful sconces above might benefit from the faux candles….no need to get a ladder to light real candles or to blow them out at the end of the evening.  Just use the timer!
Faux Gas Lanterns | Edith & Evelyn Vintage | www.edithandevelynvintage.com
The home owner whose home is pictured above installed lanterns on each side of her front door and added the flickering faux candles to get the look of  gas lanterns.  She did a whole blog about installing faux gas lanterns here.
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