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Do you ever use candles at home and why?

Asked by ZEPHYRA (21584points) June 27th, 2012

Do you use the scented ones to create a lovely scent at home? Find that using them as soft lighting in your bedroom helps you fall asleep better? Do you use them to save on electricity? To create a cosy atmosphere? To carry out rituals?

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King_Pariah's avatar

I just like to watch them burn, helps me take a bit more pleasant trip down memory lane.

Sunny2's avatar

Only on the dining table when we have guests. Oh, and there are candles waiting to be lit in the bathroom, should we have a power outage.

bookish1's avatar

I like to set things on fire, I like candles that smell nice (although they don’t work nearly as well as incense), and I use them on my altar.

mambo's avatar

Once a month I slaughter a goat and use candles during my sacrificial ceremony. I particularly like the “fresh cotton” scented ones.

King_Pariah's avatar

I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a pyro, I saw a magnesium lighter in a store and instantly purchased it with no hesitation with a creepy ol’ grin on my face… heeheehee, I’m going to blind the neighborhood come July 4th teeheehee…

Bellatrix's avatar

I don’t really use scented candles. They tend to make me sneeze. I do use candles in the bathroom though. Firstly because we have no light fittings in there yet and secondly, I like lying in the bath with just candle light.

ucme's avatar

I like to fart on a candle when indulging in a spot of karaoke in the living room with friends.
This song being a particular favourite, it really does go down a treat.

LuckyGuy's avatar

A candle should never be lit to save money on electricity. A 4 watt night light is much cheaper.
Candles should be used for mood lighting, scent, and in emergencies when the power is out.
Although…. I have heard of them being used for other purposes due to their distinctive size and shape.

Darn it I am such a engineer I have to do the math…
Assume electricity costs $0.10 per kWhr. A 4 watt night light will run for 250 hours on 1 kWh. 250hr for 10 cents. or 2500 hrs/ $1.00.
How long will a $1.00 candle burn? 10 hours? 24 hours max?
A candle is ~100x more expensive than electricity.

Value of sex during buning of said candle? Priceless!

Bellatrix's avatar

Do people really use candles to save on the power bill? :-(

LuckyGuy's avatar

@Bellatrix In one episode of Big Bang Theory, Penny supposedly did it. Of all shows, they should know better.

Bellatrix's avatar

They are pretty though hey? My Nana’s house used to be lit by gas mantles. You are such an engineer :-)

chyna's avatar

@LuckyGuy But it was Penny, she doesn’t know better!

LuckyGuy's avatar

@chyna Yep. You’re right. They did miss a chance at a teachable moment though. Can’t you just picture Sheldon talking about that? Running through the costs and the increased Greenhouse gas emissions and….. Oh No!!! I’m sounding like Sheldon!!!

digitalimpression's avatar

I use them for the aroma and the late night dancing with my wife after the kids have finally gone to sleep.

nikipedia's avatar

We light them all the time just to set a nice mood :)

Argonon's avatar

I love using candles in my lair.
I prefer a nice dim glow of light as I am rather light sensitive and it sets a nice atmosphere to just chill and go about my business. Plus I’m always getting candles as gifts so I gots to use them.

bookish1's avatar

“We’ll make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.”
—Thomas Edison, according to Civilization 4.

flutherother's avatar

I have candles in case the power goes off but I have never used them.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

We light them for rare times we have company over, the ambiance is so nice that way. Candles in our room are nice but not often because our a/c runs pretty much year round and blows the candles out. If I had a choice and someone else cleaned all the mess and soot then I’d have candlelight over electricity.

Ayesha's avatar

I love candles. I use scented ones a lot. They come in handy when you want to get rid of a bad smell. I also have a lot of non scented ones which I’ve used as decoration. I use them in the bathroom too. I love the atmosphere they create.

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