10 Best LED Candles | January 2017

10 Best LED Candles
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We spent 34 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. No need for all that messy wax if you want to create the perfect ambiance for a dinner for two or a party for plenty. Battery-operated electric LED candles are safe, flameless and drip-free, and can be placed anywhere. All of our choices are great for any occasion, especially an outdoor patio or poolside event, as you don't have to worry about them blowing out or getting wet. Skip to the best led candle on Amazon.
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The LampLust LL8PK13 is a set of eight compact votive candles that measure just 3 inches high and 2 inches wide, so they can be positioned in tight spaces with ease. Each one provides up to 75 hours of light on a single CR2450 battery before it needs to be replaced.
  • made of durable resin
  • multicolor transition setting
  • flames look unrealistic
Brand LampLust
Model LL8PK13
Weight 15.2 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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The White Light Design F1 features three ivory pillars that give off a golden amber color, perfect for dining room table centerpieces or a holiday display. They are also backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee in case you don't like them for any reason.
  • remote controls all three together
  • securely packed in styrofoam
  • don't have any scent
Brand White Light Design
Model F1
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0
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The Gideon 7 Inch is an attractive rich ivory color and has a pleasant vanilla scent that will make it a welcome addition to any room. It features a soft flame that flickers smoothly and gently, and creates a soothing and relaxing environment wherever you put it.
  • perfect for wedding ceremonies
  • two-to-eight-hour timer settings
  • included remote has a short range
Brand Gideon
Model pending
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0
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The VonHaus Flameless set lets you relax, unwind and brighten up your living space without having to spend a lot. They are made with real ivory colored wax and can switch remotely between 12 different colors, depending on your needs and your mood.
  • long battery life
  • flickering or steady light mode
  • can't control them individually
Brand VonHaus
Model pending
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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The Ontel Glow are flameless, dripless, and have the option of a steady glow or a flicker, so you can use them for illumination or to set the mood. Each one also features a built-in timer with automatic shutoff, making them great to use as a child's nightlight.
  • 12 different color leds
  • come in three varying heights
  • short battery life
Brand Ontel
Model GC-12
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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AA Candles are a child and pet-safe option that never get hot to the touch. They are also weatherproof, so they can be used at outdoor events or near the pool, and are environmentally friendly to boot. Best of all, they come at a budget-friendly price point.
  • made of real paraffin wax
  • create a romantic ambiance
  • nine aaa batteries not included
Brand AA Candles
Model No Model
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0
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A ten-key remote helps you keep this set of three Comenzar Birch Grain pillars programmed how you want them. Two modes allow for steady or flickering light, and four timer settings ensure you'll have just the ambiance you want for as long as you want it.
  • multiple brightness settings
  • look realistic and natural
  • ideal for holiday tablescapes
Brand Comenzar
Model BLC-B456
Weight 2.1 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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The Candle Impressions Ombre set includes two six-inch and three four-inch units that can be strategically placed around your home for the ideal level of illumination. Each one is designed to fade from bright in the center to dark at the top and bottom.
  • look and feel like real candles
  • 1000 hours of glow time per battery
  • single button operation
Brand Candle Impressions
Model pending
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
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The best option if you're on a budget but still want to purchase something made of high quality materials is the Mars White Bright. This romantic set comes with 12 small tea lights and 100 faux rose petals, making it ideal for Valentine's day and anniversaries.
  • ship with the batteries inside
  • easy-on switches in bases
  • won't get hot during use
Brand Mars
Model No Model
Weight 6.7 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
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Enhance the mood with the Ry-King Set by using the handy remote control from anywhere in the room, or preset a daily schedule for them to come on automatically. Their dancing flicker looks just like a real flame to keep your guests wondering why they aren't melting.
  • comes as a set of 9 candles
  • four different timer settings
  • made with real wax
Brand RY
Model RY-01604
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

The Candles That Never Burn Out

Humans first harnessed the awesome power of fire hundreds of thousands of years ago. Definitive evidence of paleolithic fire control can be traced back to locations spread across Africa, Asia, and Europe. Controlled use of fire meant a much richer, more productive diet, and it meant a ready source of light even after night had fallen. And indeed flame would be the only source of light human beings enjoyed well into the 19th Century, when electricity was finally put to use.

Even today, many generations past the first electric lightbulb (which was perfected by Thomas Edison, but was in fact invented by British scientists many decades before his bulbs first illuminated), humans are still captivated by the flickering beauty of fire. We still enjoy candles adorning our dinner tables or softly glowing in the corner of the bedroom or bathroom. But enjoying candlelight doesn't mean we need an actual open flame to take in the timeless beauty of fire. LED candles can look great without the mess of dripping wax or the dangers of actual flame.

An LED, short for light emitting diode, is simply a diminutive semiconductor system that, when exposed to the right voltage, emits photons, AKA light. LEDs can shine for hours and hours while barely heating up and while consuming a minimal amount of energy.

A light emitting diode is, in fact, an elegantly simple piece of technology. One might think that while an LED candle might be a viable option in terms of aesthetics and safety, their added cost when compared to a standard candle makes them an inferior choice. The fact is that many LED candles can "burn" for as long as 1,000 hours on a single set of batteries, so an LED candle can prove to be a much more economical option than a wax candle that invariably burns itself out.

Choosing An LED Candle

The broad variety of LED candles available these days will come as a surprise to most consumers. Far from simple columns that have no function beyond glowing when switched on, modern LED candles can create flickering light shows, set the mood for an entire room, and can even sweeten the air with their soft scent.

If all you're looking for is a safe battery-powered unit that looks for all intents and purposes like a regular candle, you certainly won't be disappointed when you browse among the many LED candles available. There are many options that mimic the look of a traditional wax candle with a burning wick. This even includes options with wicks that dance and move, creating an excellent verisimilitude of genuine flame.

However so too are there LED candle options that far surpass such basic function. You can choose LED candle sets that glow and flicker in a range of different colors, helping suit or set a mood or beautifully integrating with the color scheme and tableau of a holiday meal, a retail window display, or anywhere else some colorful light is needed.

A great choice for candles used for display or decoration purposes is any of the LED candle sets that can be controlled via remote control. These options are surprisingly affordable and wonderfully convenient. (Remote controlled candles also make a great nightlight.) LED candles with timers are perfect for holiday decorations that you want to leave glowing well into the evening but shut down after everyone has gone to sleep.

Some Bright Ideas For Enjoying LED Candles

Above all else, an LED candle provides a degree of safety that a traditional burning candle just can't match. For that reason, LED candles are safe for use around kids, pets, or in environments especially prone to fire danger, such as around a Christmas tree, drapes, or used outdoors near foliage.

LED candles can also be the perfect nightlight, providing just enough light to see if you have to make your way across a darkened room to the bathroom or closet yet shining softly enough not to hamper your ability to sleep. Falling asleep with an LED candle illuminated is perfectly safe, while sleeping with an open flame burning is wildly dangerous. And unlike a regular candle, a remote controlled LED candle can be instantly "lit" again even from across the room, so if you wake up at night needing some light, you'll be all set.

LED candles are also great for use outdoors. Unlike a traditional candle, an LED candle can't be extinguished by a gust of wind, and if an LED candle were to be knocked over by the breeze (or a bumped table) it presents no fire danger. Many LED candles are even highly water resistant, so one can leave them outside and glowing even in the rain or snow.

Yet another great use for LED candles is as props used during stage performances of plays or pageants. No matter how old and/or mature a person is, they're always safer performing in a show using artificial flame as their prop. And when you have a group of youngsters who need candlelight as part of their performance, it's a bright idea to make sure that flame is synthetic and safe.



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Last updated on January 31, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

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