Candles are a must-have item for relaxation. They not only are easier on your eyes after a long day under harsh fluorescent bulbs, but they create a calming effect with their hypnotic flicker. If you are interested in building a candle collection, you will have several types to choose between.
Sizes of Candles
When buying candles, it is important to think about the size of candle you want to purchase. The size and shape of a candle will impact what type of holder is required and how long it will burn. Obviously larger candles will burn longer but will cost more, and smaller candles will be cheaper but will burn out faster.
Candles come in the following sizes and burn times:
- Tea lights - burns for between 8 and 10 hours
- Votives - burns for between 10 and 15 hours
- 8 oz. Jar - burns for 50-60 hours
- 16 oz. Jar - burns for 70-80 hours
- 26 oz. Jar - burns for 125-150 hours
- 28 oz. Jar - burns for 130-150 hours
- 3X3 inch Pillar - burns for 40-50 hours
- 3X6 inch Pillar - burns for 70-80 hours
- 6X6 inch Pillar - burns for 90-120 hours
Types of Candles
After selecting a candle size, your next step is to select the type of candle you want to use. The first type of candle is the unscented candle. This is a great option for people with sensitivities or allergies to perfumes and strong scents. The second type of candle is the scented candle. If you enjoy scented candles, it is a good idea to invest a little extra money in buying a quality scented candle so you get consistent scent release during the entire burning of your candle. Your third option is the organic candle. These candles are made with natural and organic materials.
Candle Safety Tips
When burning your candles, you need to be careful. They do use an open flame, so you will want to position your candle on a fireproof plate or in a fireproof container. Glass, ceramics and metal are all viable options. Once in its container, do not put your candle too close to walls or other combustible objects. Finally, keep lit candles out of the reach of pets and small children.