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Getting the Most from Your Candles
Once the main source of light at homes, candles today represent fun and romance. Is there anyone who hasn’t heard of candle light dinner or indulged in that luxury? Candles are used by different people for different reasons. Some use it on special occasions for the romantic appeal, while others may use it as an emergency alternative when there’s no electricity. Some may even use it to save money on electricity, while yet others may light up a candle for that quiet and tranquil feeling that they get when sitting under candle light. Whatever your reason for using candles, there’s a lot you can do to get the most out of those candles, in terms of the light that you can get, the amount of money that you spend, and the effort that you need to put in. Here are some tips:
- If you want more light from your candle, opt for a multi-wick candle. With one multi-wick candle, you’ll find that you can get enough light in the room for almost any purpose. Take care to ensure that you get a bargain for the money you spend, though, as there are a lot of expensive multi-wick alternatives available in the market that defeat the purpose, if you want to save money.
- Reflection and refraction are natural phenomena that you can use to advantage in getting the most out of your candle. Placing the candle within a glass enclosure can actually give you more light than placing it in a simple candleholder. Placing the candle next to a white or light colored wall can also increase the amount of light that you get.
- Placing the candle near a mirror so that the light gets reflected from the mirror can also increase the amount of light that you get form the candle. This is because you get the original light as well as the reflected light.
- Light colored candles seem to emit brighter light than dark colored ones. So use a light colored candle if you want to get more out of your candle.
- Keeping the candles in the refrigerator before you burn them can give you light for a longer time from the candle, because cold candles burn slower. Just take care to ensure that they do not become moist. To prevent them from becoming moist in the fridge you could wrap them in foil before storing them.
- Keeping a lighted candle in a draft of air makes it burn more quickly with a larger flame. The burning is also uneven because of the disturbance caused by the draft. So avoid burning the candles in a draft if you want to get more out of them.
- The wick of the candle should ideally be about 1/4" to give you best results. Higher wick lengths cause smoking.
- Exposing the candles to sunlight causes them to lose color and also to warp if left long enough. Avoid keeping the candles in exposed sunlight for long periods.
- Even the way you extinguish a burning candle can make a difference. If you extinguish the candle by pushing the wick into the liquid wax, it will burn brighter and also be easier to light it up the next time.
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