Let There Be Candlelight
Container or Filled Candles are non-flammable, heat resistant containers, which are filled with wax and wick. Containers such as heat resistant glass jars and ceramic pottery are commonly used.
Flameless Candles are a recent creation with no wick, wax, or worries. Some are very realistic. If you place these higher than the eye you cannot tell them from the real thing. They are battery operated and come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
Floating Candles have a low, stable profile and are designed to float on water. They vary in form from simple, smooth designs to elaborate, realistic shapes.
Gel Candles are produced from gelled mineral oils or gelled, synthetic hydrocarbons. They are transparent, rubbery and are usually poured into various shaped containers. Gels can also be made rigid enough to retain and support their own shape.
Luminaria Candles are for use outdoors. They are placed in a container, which is filled with sand.
Pillar Candles are solid and self-standing. Their shapes are typically round, but also come in square, rectangular, hexagonal, and other designs. Some may have more than one wick. Heat resistant candle bases or stands must be used.
Specialty Candles may be found in any three-dimensional shape imaginable. They can be molded or sculpted by hand and are mostly for decorative use.
Taper or Dinner Candles as they are also called, are usually 3/4" to 1" in diameter, ranging from 6" - 18" tall. Tapers need to be securely set in an appropriately designed candleholder, which will keep them in an upright position for proper and safe burning.
Tealight Candles are usually about 1 1/2" in diameter and around 3/4" high inside a cylindrical metal container. These small filled candles are used in food warmers or as candles in a tealight holder.
Votive Candles are normally 2 1/2" high and usually square or cylindrical in shape. They are burned safely in small, heat resistant, glass containers to control the liquefied wax, as the candles burn.