Product Type: Sainsbury's in Homeware
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Sainsburys Basics Tealights
Member Name: scuba_angel
Sainsburys Basics Tealights
Date: 11/04/13, updated on 17/09/13 (39 review reads)
Advantages: does exactly what it says on the tin
Disadvantages: fire hazard for the careless
Call it psychological but this winter despite the cold I have found that I haven't used my heating as much as I expected to on the evenings when I have been snuggled up on my sofa with a few candles burning on the coffee table, so when my bag of tealights started to run low I knew I'd want to go and buy some more. While all the big supermarkets had tealights listed on their websites I was unable to find any until I paid a visit to Sainsburys, where I discovered their bag of basics lights for a mere £3.
A tealight is a tealight looks wise, these are the typical white to slightly off white colour wax with a short white wick poking out of the top, sat in a very thin foil case. These are a standard size tea light sitting at around 13mm tall and 36mm across. Their surface is a little textured which quite frankly makes no difference whatsoever unless you intend to use them as a decorative item without burning them - other tealights can have a shiny surface finish which looks more attractive if these things interest you. According to the packaging these are 'Unscented but still romantic' and should burn for around 4 hours.
I shall make no comment on the romance of the candles since that is not their purpose in my home (and my last boyfriend informed me I wouldn't know romance if it wandered up to me with a dozen roses), however I have found that the approx 4 hour burn time can vary from as little as 90 mins to over 4 hours depending on the candle holder they're used in. On the whole in my small shallow tealight holders they last up to 2 hours, while in my deeper 'plantpot' shaped holders they tend to last nearer the 4 hour approximation and in the lantern holder I have they seem to last comfortably beyond 4 hours.
Lighting these is simple, lift the wick and apply the flame and they seem to take very quickly, when they have burned themselves out there generally is very little wax left in the foil case but as the case is foil it can be very hot and what little wax is left in the base is also hot (shocking stuff given it's been burning!) so it isn't wise to attempt to move them until they have had a little while to cool down again.
Of course the usual safety warnings must be given - do not leave candles burning unattended, do not leave candles burning too close together and if you're me, do not forget you lit the candle and lean over it with long loose sleeves...
Generally I would say that for basic unscented tealights these are fantastic value, at 3p per candle and as they actually can last as long as they say they can, and lets face it even if it is only my brain seeing flames and thinking warm thoughts £3 for over a months worth of heating has to be worth it!
Summary: Simple product with a multitude of uses.