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I love nothing more than lighting a bunch of candles, putting the light out and relaxing in the mellow atmosphere. The problem is that candles can be costly over the longer term and I worry about the safety aspect because my cat Simba is a total nutter and loves to jump on all the surfaces to knock things down; in fact he broke my daughter's bedroom lamp last night by jumping on her bedside table even though she had it stuck down after previous mishaps. I've got to admit I was really disappointed when I opened a gift and found the iBotique flameless candle inside thinking it looked a bit tacky and gimicky but I have ended up really loving it.
The candle itself is made of wax and is around the size of a church candle, from a distance it looks like the real thing. The inside of it is hollow and the base contains and LED light which lights up the whole candle in a variety of colours.
The candle is controlled by a tiny remote control which fits inside the hollow of the candle when not in use. You have the option of choosing one of the various colours, having the colours change, having the colour glow steadily or in flickering mode.
I generally use the candle in either a solid block of colour or changing but the colours change too quickly to be really relaxing. My favourite is the red and pink because it goes well with my decor. I dislike the flickering mode because it makes the light look a bit jumpy and does not have the same effect as a candle flickering in the room.
The candle does not look like a realistic candle at all when it is lit, it definitely looks like lamplight but it is really pretty. It gives off roughly the same amount of light as a candle would so is ideal for mood lighting when you have friends over or just want to relax. You can have several of these candles in the room and use one remote to control them all which sounds like it could be stunning but as I only have one at the moment I obviously have not tried this.
The benefits of having a flameless candle is that you can move it about and use it outside without the wind coming and blowing it out. I have also used it as a nightlight where a real candle would obviously not be a safe option.
The candle uses AA batteries, I have owned my candle for over a year and used it quite a bit without needing to change batteries so the 240 hour battery life seems realistic.
The iBotique candle may not be quite as pretty as the real thing but it is a fantastic and safe way to create mood lighting or a nighlight.
I love these, at first I bought one set and because I liked them so much I went back and bought another pair. The price is fairly high, but I think they are worth it.
The candles did have a slight scent to them when I first opened the box, but it seems to have gone now - but this is no problem for me.
I move them around alot, in the summer I put them out on the decking when we have a BBQ, when we have friends/family round for a meal I put them in the Dinning room, when I want to relax in the bath I take them into the bathroom. I love putting them on the colour changing mode as they change so slowly, you can also change the mode (which is how fast/slow the colours change). The light is fairly ambient, it isn't very bright but I like that. You can also but them on a timing setting, 4 or 8 hours. The remote is a great little device, this is how you change the colours, turn it on and off, change the mode etc.
The candles have a switch at the bottom, which is where you really need to turn them off as this saves the battery life more. They are 3 AAA batteries for each candle, I've purchased rechargable ones as I use them alot :) The remote takes one of those round batteries (sorry - I cant remember which one!)
I would recommend these as I nice little decorative object, they are great for a present for someone.
One of the first things I bought with my DooYoo earned Amazon vouchers was an iBoutique Wireless Mood Light Candle. Priced at around the £20 mark a lot of people will be put off with the price tag instantly - without taking time to look into what you are actually buying. This is an easy mistake to make, but a costly one in my opinion. The beauty of the iBoutique Candle is that the remote control allows you to control such a wide range of features on the candle. The first thing you will notice about the remote control is that it has such a wide range of colours on it. There are a dozen buttons which can be chosen from. There are two modes, flickering light and steady light. They are pretty much self explanatory, but I prefer the steady mode as it is a constant brightness light and relaxes me much easier.
The candle is supplied in its own real wax holder, although you won't have the mess and safety issues compared to a naked flame. The settings also allow you to just have one colour on constantly, or to automatically change through the colours for a relaxing display of soft colours, from a fiery red to a cool blue. With all these features I think £20 is a reasonable price to pay. The time function allows you to set the candle to operate for either 4 or 8 hours - it turns itself off after this time. Another impressive fact is that a set of alkaline batteries are claimed to last up to 240 hours before replacement.
The mood candle is perfect for setting a mood in a room, and for a no-fuss evening whilst reading a book in peace and quiet in a darkened room. The LED lights are guaranteed to last 10,000 hours, which just shows the quality and longevity of this product. A perfect gift for a family member or friend.
I am someone how takes part in a lot of internet research groups which usually offer money and vouchers in return for you to answer their surveys and sometimes some of the market research companies that I belong too send out emails asking for volunteers to test products, review them and for the effort you put into doing that you get to keep the actual product plus usually a few extra points and so on.
Towards the end of last year when the nights began to draw in and it was dark before the clock stuck 4pm, I was asked how the dark nights made me feel in one survey from one of these companies and whether the dark nights and dark mornings actually effected my mood swings and it was a series of yes/no questions which the company collated and analysed and out of the blue I was sent an email asking if I would like to test a product, write a review on it and then keep it, no strings attached, no payment to be made for the product, just my thoughts. So in for a penny and all that, I replied back saying I would be willing to give it a go, baring in mind at this stage I hadn't been told what it was.
A week later, a big brown box arrived at my office which I duly signed for, I assumed it was a Christmas present I had ordered for my beloved or a family member and put it to one side whilst I continued to catch up on some work and then during my lunch break I tackled the box. Once open inside the box I found a further box which contained "iBoutique Wireless Colour Changing Mood Light Candles x2 With Remote Control" is what the paper that accompanied the box said and which was also written on the box.
So removing the items from the box, which are extremely well wrapped in bubble wrap to protect them, I found two flameless candles, and to look at they look just like a candle, the same rotund shape, nice and brightly coloured and where the wick would be on a candle you have little LED lights which take its place. When you touch these candles for the first time it is quite odd because they are made from real wax, it just doesn't melt. So everything to make these products look and feel like the real thing has been taken into consideration, right down to the touch, the only missing thing is the aroma.
Then I read "Welcome to the world of Light and Colour from iBoutique. This is an innovative LED light with an intuitive remote control that enables you to create your own ambience through the use of colour and light." So with a brief explanation as to what it was in the box, though it doesn't a genius to work it out, my task was to use them for the next 3 months, until January 1st and then submit my review and answer some simple questions, all of which was highly confidential.
I have seen similar products on the market for a number of years and whilst they look like a good idea, especially if you like candles but have small children or whatever reason in the home where you cant have them on display and lit, then they might be the perfect solution, but I like my candles, especially Yankee candles and I have always had candles in and around my home. So whilst this isn't a new idea or concept, it is something I have never tried before because I hadn't needed too and if I am honest, I thought they looked a bit rubbish, all of which I put in my report before I had even tried them as I had been requested to do and then it was time to test them.
Once I got home from work, I put the accompanying batteries into each of the candles and remote control and then put them in my bedroom in place of the Yankee candle that I already had standing there. These candles are roughly the same size as pillar candles, the ones which you can buy in most supermarkets and high street stores that cost around £2 and because the are flameless and therefore don't get hot, you don't actually need to stand them on anything to protect your furniture, whereas with my Yankee candle, I had it stood on a decorative silver coaster. So with them both placed in ready to go I switched them on at the power switch and then grab the remote control which comes with them.
These two candles are wireless, so that means you have nothing to trip over and the remote control is no bigger than my Blackberry, though it is a little slimmer and also on the remote control are on and off buttons, so at anytime you are feeling lazy enough not to move, you can switch everything on and off using these two buttons. Also on the remote control are further buttons:
· 4H/8H - these buttons allow you to set the candles on a timer for either 4 hours or 8 hours and after this time they simply switch themselves off
· Mode - Because there are two different modes of settings for these candles you get the option of having the LED light to flicker, which gives it the more realistic effect of being a candle or you can have what is called straight light, which means no flickering. Personally I prefer the flickering effect of the two options because it does made it feel much more realistic.
· Multi-colour - this allows your candle to change colour every few seconds rather than just remain one static colour, so it can glow one of twelve different colours. If you want it to stop all you do is press the same button again and it will remain one coloured on whichever colour you stop it on.
· Other buttons - below the buttons mentioned above are a further 12 buttons, all of which are different colours and these simply indicate what colour your candle can glow. So you have the option of Red, Blue, Green, Orange, yellow, white, lilac, mint green, fuchsia pink, pastel blue, ice blue and light pink. These are also the colours your candle will glow when set to multi-colour mode.
So using the remote control is exceptionally easy and once you have the candles set up how you like them you don't have to do anything else other than turn them off. As I said previously they are run on batteries and like all batteries, depending on which ones your use, depends on how long they last, however, approximations are given that a good set of AAA batteries will give you 240 hours of light and the LED is guaranteed to give 10,000 hours of light and they are really quite bright and if you have them on multi-colour, it is quite surprising how much light they do give off, especially if your room is pitch black and you are just sat or laying down to relax.
So once the candles or candles, because you can buy them on their own rather than in a pair, if you have they set to colour changing mode, they simply do just that every few minutes, it isn't quite like a disco where the lights flicker and flash within a few seconds. What is nice about them is the atmosphere they create. Whenever I have a candle or two lit, the one thing I am always conscious of is the fact I've got 3 cats running about and if they happen to knock them over, well anything could happen. One of the plus points with this type of candle is that being flameless means they are safe to use and there is no melting wax.
Having used these candles for the duration of the study project I was given, I have to admit that I did use them constantly, more for the colour changing lighting they give rather than as a flameless candle, I found the experience to be quite relaxing, even more so with a few lit candles. The only two things I thought were negative about the candles and that is that they emit no fragrances, if you have dark coloured walls they don't light up the room as much so that is something to bear in mind before purchasing them. If they are something you would like to purchase they are widely available online through places like Amazon where they cost upwards from £19.95 for one candle and if you would like a pair then you can expect to pay £33.95 and they come with batteries. You can also purchase a spare remote control for your Candles from as little as £5.95 should you happen to lose it.
Did they change my moods? well they made me feel relaxed when I used them and I liked the effect that they had when colour changing, so in essence the answer is yes. So when asked if I would use them in place of existing candles the answer would be no, I buy candles for their aroma hence my addiction to Yankee Candles. I do however still use them for relaxation purposes and to give the room that I am in some atmosphere rather than having to dim the light. If I was to buy them, I am not sure they would be something I would purchase for myself but I am happy to use them and keep them for as long as their lifetime allows.