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I'm not generally a candle kind of person, but the one type of candle I do buy are tea lights. Not for around the house, but for my brownie pack. Whenever I enrol any brownies in our pack, I like to create a sense of occasion as I feel it assists with their interest in the organisation and potentially staying in the organisation for longer and being more involved. One way I do this, is with tea lights as I think it makes the enrolment a bit more atmospheric.
Before you think I just take liberties with the safety of the girls, I place a tea light in front of each of them when they're already in a circle and just go round and light them myself with matches and giving strict instructions that they do not touch them! After turning out the lights, 30 tea lights gives the church hall a lovely orangey glow.
Over the years, I've sourced the tea lights from all sorts of places, however I now prefer the Ikea glimma tealights. The primary reason for this is that its the biggest bag for the most reasonable price (second to Asda!). If I'm going past Ikea, its the most economical way to source the tea lights for the unit. I tend to enrol girls once a term and in one go, so a bag of these tea lights, comprising of about 100 per pack tends to last me all year (unless we fancy toasting marshmallows over tea lights of course!)
The candle is unscented and is a small, round white candle in a foil container. With the size it is, it just has one wick and lights easily. Tea lights generally burn for a few hours and these are no different. They burn well and tend to stay lit for the duration of the ceremony (unless 'helped out' by a brownie). For the rest of the pack, their favourite bit of an enrolment is the blowing out of the candle at the end. They are easy to blow out and any liquid wax still in the container solidifies quickly. We don't have them burning for long enough that the tea light burns out completely, so after they've been blown out and solidified, I collect them up again for use on the next occasion. The good thing about a tea light is that the container doesn't get hot which is a key consideration for use (wooden church hall floor + children in the vicinity + hot item = untold disaster!).
The price of these tea lights is £1.75 for a bag of approx 100 which I think is an excellent price. I shall most definitely continue to source tea lights from Ikea!
When we first moved into the cottage where we now live we had a wood burner installed and, although we have perfectly good electricity, we used to use candles for lighting in the lounge as we liked the atmosphere the candle light created. Incidentally I say 'used to' because the regular use of candles gave off a dirty smoke which made the paintwork very dirty so now the candles are lit just occasionally.
When we do use candles we have numerous different candle holders including a couple which take a number of tealights. I also have an oil burner for which I need tealights. We kept our eyes open for good deals on tealights when we were out and about and the best price that we ever saw was in Ikea.
I can't remember how much we paid in the past but currently their Glimma Unscented Tealights cast just £1.75 for 100 candles which is a real bargain - after all each one would only be 1.75p each! In Ikea you will find them in the area where are the bits and pieces are located - the cutlery, stationery, ornaments etc. The tealights come in a plastic bag containing one hundred candles.
We always purchase the standard, unscented tealights as I tend to find that the perfume from the scented ones catches the back of my throat and makes me feel uncomfortable.
These tealights are the standard size of 38mm in diameter and are made from white paraffin / vegetable wax which is held in an aluminium candlecup. Each little candle will burn for approximately four hours.
I have to say that, over the years, we have used a lot of these tealights and have never had a problem with them - apart from the marking of the paintwork but that is true of all candles. They have always burned safely, brightly and steadily and for about the right length of time although I have never actually timed one to see if they do burn for four hours! Even I am not that sad!!
When the candles are finished, extinguished and cold I retrieve any bits of remaining wax which I keep in a box on the hearth near to the wood burner - it makes for an excellent accelerant when the wood is a little slow to catch. I then put the candlecup, which is aluminium, in the weekly recycling and so nothing is ever wasted.
Just as a word of caution - even though these candles are very stable and safe during use they must never be left unattended and they must never be burned near any flammable materials. Accidents can happen and fire can take hold so quickly and do so much damage.
In conclusion I would have to say that I would recommend these candles to anyone who just wants a basic, white, unscented tealight. We have quite a stock of candles at the moment but when we run out of tealights these are definitely the ones that we will be buying again.
I love Ikea and try and visit every couple of months or so. One of the things I always try and pick up is a bag of these Glimma tea lights as I think they offer amazing value for money. They only cost £1.75 for a bag of 100 tea lights which are actually really good quality.
Unlike some other cheap tea lights that are rubbish quality these are better than you might think for the price.
There is nothing fancy about them they are just discs of wax in thin metal containers and they aren't scented but they do the job and are really good for using with oil burners or even just having them burning for some ambient light.
The wicks in these tea lights is good and in a bag of 100 I have never found one that is missing or not sticking out of the wax. They light easily without having to spend ages trying to get them to catch so there is no fear of burning your finger with having a lighter on them for ages.
The tea lights give off a decent amount of light considering how small they are and when you have a few burning they give off a really nice and warming light. Although they look a bit plain on their own they look nice when you have a few in some tea light holders.
They also burn for a decent amount of time. I have bought other tea lights which cost more than these and you are lucky if they burn for more than 20 minutes before going out. With these you get a good few hours from each tea light which makes them ever better value for money.
For £1.75 these tea lights are great value for money. They burn really well and having bought loads of bags of them I have never gotten a dud with them. They may not be the most ornamental of candles but you wouldn't expect them to be for this price. They are just nice little unscented tea lights which are ideal for using with burners or tea light holders.
The trouble with 100 tealights for £1.75 is that you inevitably end up with another bag ever single time you go to IKEA. The only reason we don't have a house overflowing with the things is that we moved and are no longer very near one of these Swedish Cornucopeias of Unfeasibly Named Products at Incredibly Low Prices. Though I am far from convinced that they don't breed, like Tribbles, as years later we still appear to have an endless supply.
Rant over. So what do you get in your plastic bag? Basically, 100 tin foil cases, each containing unscented white wax with a wick - in other words, tealights. Light one and it will actually burn for a reasonably long time, half an hour or so. Sometimes you end up with some unburnt wax in the bottom, but mostly they are completely used up, so are well designed. The wax seems of good quality and the mini candles burn evenly and smoothly. So even though they are pretty cheap they are just as good as any other variety.
They cases aren't visually attractive, so I wouldn't use them for a decorative effect, but for any utilitarian aim they are perfect.
We use them for many purposes - favourites are inside Halloween pumpkin lanterns, to keep a fondue bubbling nicely and in oil burners. I even found a youtube video in which someone shows how to use them to heat a room (flowerpots were involved). I will bet that however many different uses you find for them, you will still never use them all up before succumbing to the inevitable urge to buy just one more bag.
Summary: even cheaper than chips, though possibly not quite as nutritious. You can't go wrong at less than 2p each!
I think that these days using candles seems to be a really fashionable thing to do. I like all sorts of candles, perfumed and unperfumed, small and large and I use tea lights a lot because they are cheaper generally and are great value for money if you are on a budget. I live alone in my flat but I have loads of little pots to put tea lights and candles inside and I love nothing more than coming back on a dark night and lighting a few candles around the room. I use them whenever I have friends over and it adds to a cosier atmosphere.
I live near to a large Ikea store and I go there a lot of lots of stuff for the flat. I never leave without buying a large plastic bag full of their unscented tea lights. These are in bags of 100 and they cost only £1.99. They only last a few hours as far as burn time goes, but still, it means that if I light them a few hours before bed I can just throw them away and use fresh ones the next night.
They have wicks that always light first time and they burn down evenly and don't drip the wax all over the little grey tin metal bit which surrounds the outside of the candles. They are rounded in shape jus like all the other tea lights I have used but the thing I like most about these is that I don't end up coughing from the soot. There doesn't seem to be any with these tea lights and they seem to burn down cleaner than most of the other ones I've used.
They are great value for money, there's no denying that and I do really recommend them.
One of the things that I find myself running out of often is tealights. I have 3 oil burners in my home and 2 of those are large so I use 2 tealights when I use those each time and then I have 2 large tealight holders......fancy and decorative things that my mum bought me that take 4 tealights per time and then dotted around my home I have little glass jars and things to pop tealights into as well!
I love candles and tealights to give my home a cosy feeling and like to burn them when there is a bit of romance on the cards and of course use them in oil burners to give a nice fragrance to my home but buying them in small packs gets me no where fast so when I get the option to bulk buy I certainly will.
I like the stuff in Ikea but tend to stay clear of the place to be honest. I find the stores oddly laid out and confusing and far too big for someone like me with ill health which is a reason why I don't go there very often but when I do I do tend to buy a lot of bits and pieces and the other week I found myself in there with a friend...it wasn't my idea I sort of got bullied into going!
I stumbled across these costing just £1.75 for a pack of 100 of them and I bought two packs knowing I was getting a bit of a bargain considering just a week earlier in a local store I bought a pack of just 10 tealights for a pound and felt that these would last me and my home for a long time when I spotted them.
They come in a very simple see through plastic bag and then on the front of it we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and that of course there are a 100 in a bag and then on the back of it we are told a little info including their size and burn time and contact details for Ikea are clearly stated. Cheap looking packaging this but informative as it needs to be and easy to get into and get the tealights out of though it isn't resealable or anything like that.
What you get are about 100 of them in a bag (I never counted them!) and in appearance they are white wax set into a round silver and disposable container and they measure 38mm so in my view they are simply a standard sort of size when it comes to this sort of thing and they have a white wax covered wick of generous size to the centre, top of each one. They don't look the best quality with the silver holder looking a bit battered and dented to most of them, they are not fully filled to the brim with wax and although brilliant white in wax colour they also look a bit bashed about but I put that being down to being in a bag with loads of others and not being protected.
Unscented, apart from when you blow them out (you then get a wax fragrance) these are meant to burn for about 4 hours each, me I found I got about 3 and a half hours burn time from these but I'm not complaining about that for a second. They burn evenly, burn brightly and do their job very well indeed and so although I have pointed out a couple of small flaws with them you can't get away from the fact that they are a bargain for the price, the amount and the overall quality of them and so I am glad I bought two packs of these and will brave Ikea out more often to get them again without a shadow of a doubt!
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Before my sister went off to University last September she roped me in to a shopping trip to Ikea to get lots of bits and pieces that she would need now she was moving out of home. I didn't actually need to buy anything on this trip and was just going to my sister out but as ever when you go to Ikea you end up buying things regardless! One thing I did pick up on that trip was a bag of glimma tea lights and this is my review of those.
Tea light candles are something which I always like to have a stock in of at home. I have a Yankee Candle wax tart burner which is used frequently and they need tea lights and I also have some little tea light holders by my fire which I like to light sometimes just to give a relaxing feel when I am chilling downstairs of an evening. The last tea lights that I purchased were from a local discount store and they were in a small pack but gave eight hours of burning time as opposed to the more usual four but as I was low on those I decided to purchase the glimma ones at Ikea.
The glimma tea lights come in a clear plastic bag which looks very basic if I am honest with the product information in a black writing. I don't mind that it looks basic though because they are only thrown in a cupboard and pulled out when I need them so I would prefer a basic look and to pay less to be honest. On the bag we are told that there are 100 of these glimma tea lights in the bag and I have to say whilst I haven't bothered counting them there are plenty of candles in there and I have no reason to believe that there weren't 100 in there when I bought them! As there are 100 tea lights in the bag you can expect that it is quite bulky and you are going to need a little space to store them. Mine are in my wall unit with my wax tarts and things so they are all together.
The actual tea lights are average in size I would say. The diameter is 38mm according to the packaging but this doesn't mean a great deal to me. They are what I would call an average looking tea light in terms of size. They come in the usual silver metal coloured casing which I am guessing is aluminium but it doesn't actually tell me this on the packaging. The wax inside the casing is white and doesn't come all the way up to the top of the case which is where I have found them a little worse than other brands. There is only a millimetre or two gap but it is still noticeable. The tea lights have a white wick in the middle for lighting when in use.
These candles are meant to give four hours burning time and I would say this is about what they give to be honest. Of an evening I will sometimes light the candles near my fire and just leave them on and I tend to have to replace them every time that I want to do this as the wax burns out. The same goes for when I use one of these to melt a Yankee Candle wax tart. Whilst I got used to using the double candles which I bought from the discount store and which gave eight hours fragrance you didn't get many of them for your money and so I don't really mind changing these each time as you get a lot for your money really. They are unscented too and so they do not clash with any of the fragrances I melt from the wax tarts I have.
A pack of 100 glimma candles costs just £1.75 from Ikea which I think is excellent value. Ok, you get slightly less wax than with some other brands but the price justifies this for me. I would certainly pick up more of these tea lights should I be in Ikea again any time as they are good quality, functional and cheap.
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Tealights are extremely handy things. I have used them both at work and at home, and used in the right way they can create just the atmosphere or effect you're after. Really it depends on why you want to use them, but when you can get a pack of 100 of them and it only costs you £1.99, you know this is a real bargain.
It's important to point out that what you won't be getting is a large scented candle that will last for hours and hours - these things are designed for shorter use and for visual effect rather than for scented reasons. If you're after a durable candle or something to smell nice then sadly it's going to cost you a bit more than £2 for 100!
However, these are very handy for atmospheric reasons. At work, one of my roles is as a tutor in a realistic work environment, a training restaurant, where students need to set a restaurant up ready for service, and then conduct and run the service under my supervision. Every table needs a candle, and teaching them the benefit of budgeting comes in handy when looking at the finer details such as candles.
There's only one downside to this, which is something that the students noticed rather quickly, and that is the duration of the candle. They rarely last longer than 4 hours, and this prompts them to make sure they don't light them until the last minute to ensure they last for long enough - you don't want to have to be replacing a candle on a table in restaurant, training or not. It just doesn't look so good.
They do sometimes last longer, but I suppose the issue here is the reliability of duration. Knowing they sometimes last only 4 hours or so does make you not risk them running out too early. At home, this obviously isn't such an issue, and we tend to use them either for a calming effect in the bathroom or on the dining table when eating in the evenings. Either way, having a supply of 100 is a bit excessive as I can't see us getting through them any time soon unless we have one EVERY mealtime and bath time, which we just don't.
The candles themselves are decent enough in terms of design. A thin metal case which is malleable if you give it much of a squeeze houses the small disc of wax. I'd say 2 or 3 out of the 100 have wicks which have been squished in and you just can't get out of the wax with enough convenience for it to be worth it, but the rest are generally fine. You may have to manipulate the wick slightly to get it to stand up but this is easily done. Once lit, the flame is quite small but gives off enough to be visible and effective in this fashion. I find that the wax melts methodically from the centre outwards, but the tealights are so small that it doesn't take long before it's moot point and you have a small pool of melted wax across the top. It's easily contained within the metal case, although once the wax starts melting you have to be really careful as this is when it becomes softer and more malleable. You'd need to pay particular care once you've finished with the tealight and blown it out. Always best to wait a good few minutes before removing them, just enough time to let it cool down and potentially solidify a touch.
These are very handy, easy to store if you want to take them out of the bag as they stack, albeit without slotting on top of one another, and last just about long enough. There's no aroma other than a faint one of generic melting wax, but this is not a mark on the scented aromas of some of the more expensive and larger candles. These work great for a restaurant where you don't want excessive aromas taking the place of your food, and just the same at home, although if you burn the dinner you may be wishing you had something to mask it...
I confess that I am somewhat of a candle addict and whilst my husband hates the things (especially the scented variety) I just love to light candles at night, especially during the colder winter months when the nights draw in so quickly. I just think they can add so much charm and atmosphere to any room and they are so versatile. I love all sorts of candles, as I say, but I am restricted as to what I can buy and in order to keep Mr B happy, I mainly buy the unscented tea lights. I have bought these from mainly Asda in the past (or even Tesco!) but Ikea do their own fantastic range of Glimma Tea lights which cost only £1.99 for a plastic bag of 100 lights.
I bought in a ton of these during last Halloween when they came in really useful for pumpkins and jus adding a bit of spookiness to the inside of our house. These unscented tea lights come in silver soft metallic casings. They burn instantly and I never have any bother at all in trying to get them to light. The wicks on them all seem to be centrally placed and they burn smoothly and evenly with minimal smoke and soot.
I love to place tea lights all around my fireplace (the fire is broken and so we never switch it on) and this way it gives a bit of focus to the living room. If I had to have only one gripe about these tea lights however, it would be the fact that the wax does topple out of the metallic casings very easily unless you take care as to how they are stored. I tend to throw mine in their bag inside the top of a plastic drawer I have underneath my kitchen stairs. Consequently, when I go into the bag to take some out to light, I often find that I have to scrabble about looking for the casings as the wax rounds have fallen out.
Other than this however, I have nothing else negative I could possibly say about them. They are just as good, quality wise, as the more expensive ones we buy. They are really great value for money and as each little tea light usually burns for a huge amount of time (up to four hours in most cases) I really think this represents excellent value for money.
I'm personally very pleased with the quality of these tea lights and I'd certainly recommend them to anyone.
I love having candle lit in my living room - there is something about candlelight that is so much more soothing and relaxing than artificial light. So, unless I'm reading, I tend to turn the lights off and just have a couple of small tea lights burning.
Whilst I do like a good scented candle, I also love unscented tea-lights, as I can use them in my oil burner with essential oils without another scent clouding the issue. And I don't see a lot of logic in paying a lot for something I'm just going to be burning - so Ikea Glimma tea lights at £1.75 per 100 are excellent value .
At less that 2p each, you wouldn't expect great quality - but you get it! Each tea light burns for roughly 4 hours, and it's a nice clean burn with absolutely no scent or smoke. The wicks are well centred, and I've never had any issues with them being too short to light, which is an issue I've had with other cheap brands.
The only tiny downside with these is that the wax part can come away from the metal casing if not stored perfectly flat, but it is easy to slip it back in again. Also, the packaging that these come in is not great for storing them, so you will need to find somewhere to keep them.
As with all other candles, it's important never to leave these unsupervised, and to burn them on a candle plate or in a dedicated holder, rather than directly on a surface. Ikea actually sell packs of 12 Glimma tea light holders in plain glass for £2. I did buy a pack, but unfortunately dropped it and broke the lot of them before use, but they did look quite smart, and I'll pick up a pack on my next visit.
They're not the most exciting tea lights ever, but they do the job - allowing me to have subtle lighting, and to use my oil burner without the scent of the candles themselves confusing the senses. At less than 2 pence each, they are great value for money, and can be purchased in Ikea stores or via their website.
These candles are 1p cheaper than the Asda ones and when they over order them, they chuck them in a big box at the end of your shopping trip for half the price. This seldom happens but when it does stock up for a bargain.
These candles are purely for viewing purposes, they have a very faint waxy scent when new but they have no flavour, depth or smell to them when in use. Even when you've filled the room with them it's an extremely faint smell of wax, pretty boring really. Straight out the packet you get a waft of waxy smell from the new candles but this quickly dissipates.
The packaging is just a thick plastic bag, most of them had small holes or tears in, seems impossible to avoid a broken or indented package. The base of the tea lights is metal but be sure to empty all the wax before you recycle it. This metal is quite thin and can be bent or crushed so to save a bit of space I just fold them up. 100 empty tea lights do generate a bit of waste so this is expected of course.
The wax is a little smoother than the Asda tea lights, running my fingers i can feel the odd lump or bumps and minor imperfections but generally better made than the Asda ones, and for 1p less these are the favourite for me.
You can place these how you like but I place them in a cluster around in a circle, usually about 4 or 5 as I personally think spacing them out looks a little bare. They do shine brightly and yes they do look quite relaxing on their own but for a bit of light from these in a dimmed room really adds to the feel of the room.
The wick is of better quality than the Asda ones too, i found lighting them easier. They caught fire within seconds whereas the Asda ones take considerably longer.
These last for around 3 hours, some 3 and a half and the most I've ever had out of one was the thick end of 4 hours. That was in a pumpkin last Halloween so it did well. These therefore last about the same as the Asda ones, about 3/3.5 hours for the majority of them.
Overall these are great tea lights, they have excellent wax and wick, their burn time is more than 3 hours and since they're 1p cheaper than the Asda ones, of the two you should buy these. Highly recommended.
If you have read a couple of my reviews, you may already know that I love my candles and oil burners and I get through quite a lot of tea lights. I normally buy mine from Ikea, as they sell a pack of 100 for £1.99.
The tea lights are just standard, white wax in a silver aluminium casing. The tea lights measure approx 38 cm in diameter and have a burn time of around 4 hours which I have found to be pretty accurate. The wick of the tea lights is a nice length meaning I find it really easy to light them.
One of the main reasons while I still buy these from Ikea is due to how they are packaged, they come stacked on top of each other in stacks of 5 x 5 candles and then the cellophane is kind of shrink wrapped around. I tend to find the candles have fewer scratches on the aluminium when packaged this way as opposed to just loose in a bag.
These are available to order both online and in store, if you go online, you can also check stock availability.
You can also buy red un-fragranced tea lights from the same range however the price for these is £1.69 for 48. Ikea also sell tea light holders in the Glimma range.
I joined Ikea Family last year and as a welcome, I received a voucher for a free pack of these so I would recommend joining.
Overall, I think the tea lights offer excellent value for money and would give 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
I do love my candles, and quite often rather than burning large candles I tend to light lots of tealights as I have some very pretty coloured glass tealight holders. For this reason, I like to get tealights that are as cheap and cheerful as possible!
I guess the best ones I have found, and the ones I tend to repurchase the most, are these ones from Ikea. Costing £1.99 for 100, this is great value for money - I don't think anyone can complain at 2p a pop!
They are completely standard in every other way - a simple small disc of white wax, presented in a thin metal case. The come shrink-wrapped in a square cellophane pack which, once opened, tends not to be the best place to store the tealights, so one small downside is that you do need to transfer these to another container if possible - I have small storage baskets in my living room so this is where mine tend to live. I find that if you leave them in the cellophane wrapper they just spill out all over the place!
The candles do also occasionally come out of their little metal cases once they're bundled into one of my baskets, but I find I can usually reunite them before the metal case gets squashed!
These are very simple to light, and I haven't yet had any problems with the actual burning of these tealights. They are just perfect in my tealight holders, and they also work a treat under my oil burners. Each tealight burns for about 3-4 hours, so they really represent good value for money.
A faultless bargain
I can't really fault these tealights - and I must have bought literally hundreds of them over the years! They are a great price, work a treat and it is of course five stars from me!