What's your favorite way to relax after a long stressful day? Many people like to light some candles, turn on their favorite music, and curl up on the sofa with their favorite person, pet, or even a good book. But did you know that those candles could be polluting your indoor air and increasing your carbon footprint?
Most of the comforting glow of flickering candle flame can go a long way to calm your nerves and set a romantic mood, but there are dangers involved with this relaxing ritual (and not just the fact that there's an open flame in your living room, or the fact that hot wax could drip on your new carpet).
As Greenopolis recently reported, most commercially produced candles are made with parrafin, the final, cheap, “bottom of the barrel” byproduct in the petroleum refining chain…made even after asphalt is extracted. This means that "the soot given off from the burning of paraffin candles is the same as that given off by burning diesel fuel."
Not even the smell of vanilla can cover that mental image.
So what's a candle lover to do?
One option is to invest in energy efficient LED candles, which don’t force you to sacrifice any of the natural glow or flickering pleasure of traditional candles. Using rechargeable batteries and an internal computer chip to simulate the usual activity of the flame, the sophisticated LED bulb will fool all your friends into thinking you've got a house full of candles- even from inches away!
Unlike traditional candles, that eventually burn and melt away, the LED candle can be used over and over again, providing hours of ambient lighting without the danger of fire, wax...or breathing in toxic fumes. Some of these flameless candles even come with automatic timer control switches, meaning that you can set them to light and extinguish themselves at the same time every day. No more worry that you might leave one burning when you fall asleep or leave the house!