11. 01. 2005
Real wax LED candles
I love the idea of LED candles, because they're safer and don't need to be replaced nearly as often as real ones, but they have one huge drawback: they don't smell as good either. They don't smell like anything, and that's really one of the reasons why candles are so nice. Even the unscented ones give off that sweet, lightly smoky/waxy aroma. Brookstone has created a hybrid that solves the problem: flameless wax sensor candles, powered by AA batteries and LEDs, but made of real wax infused with scent(I was going to say scented oils because that sounds nicer, but it's probably some weird chemicals). The candles get warmed by the light and so release the fragrance when the wax gets softened. I was in Brookstone, checking them out, and they do smell pretty real, although not quite as good as the real flame, can-burn-your-house-down kind. LED lights also don't produce the same kind of soft, diffused amber glow that makes everyone look ten times prettier, but it certainly beats a harsh fluorescent.
Another cool feature is that you don't even need to push a button, you just wave your hand over the top to turn on the light, and wave it over again to turn it off. There's auto two-hour shutoff to preserve battery life too. The candles should get 100 hours of "burn time" with 4 AA batteries. They come in four colors with coordinating scents and they're suitably winter themed: pumpkin pie, vanilla, and apple picking (picking? I guess it's not just apple but like walking through a fragrant orchard filed with other nice-smelling things- or something). Also comes unscented.
Flameless wax sensor candles are $20 and are available from Brookstone.