Product Type: Ikea household products
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Everyone has these, but it's because they look so good
Ikea Rotera Tealight Lantern
Member Name: europe-chick
Ikea Rotera Tealight Lantern
Advantages: 2 sizes, many colours, reasonable price
Disadvantages: get hot when in use
I have quite a few of these Ikea Rotera lanterns, along with everyone else I know I might add!
They are really very reasonably priced at just £2.99 each for the standard size, which is 21cm tall, and is available in silver, black, red and white, and which hold tealights. And at £14.99 each for the very large size, which is 38cm tall, and is just available in red and white, and which hold the larger block candles. Both the standard size and the large size are suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
The standard size is just available to buy ready assembled directly off the shelf. I have quite a few of these dotted around the house. I use the standard sized ones in two different ways. Number one obviously is to put tealights in them, they look really warm and welcoming with tealights burning inside, the candlelight creates lovely reflections on the star etched glass doors, and creates star shaped light patterns through the holes in the top. The second way I sometimes use these is with a small string of battery powered lights inside each lantern, this creates a totally different but a funky kind of a look, you also don't need to worry about forgetting to blow the candles out this way.
Although everyone and their dog seems to have these, you can definately see why. They are really reasonably priced, and they look really effective at night time all lit up. They last for years as well, some of mine are actually many years old, Ikea have been sellling them for so long now. I've just added to mine over time, as I do use them so much.
The large size comes flat packed and does require self assembly. They are really easy to assemble though, I assembled them both quite easily myself, and believe you me if I can assemble them anyone can! I have only ever used the large ones with candles in, but you could probably do the same as I do with the standard ones and put some battery powered lights in there if you preferred. With candles in them though you do once again get that really warm and welcoming look, the candlelight creates lovely reflections on the star etched glass doors, and creates star shaped light patterns through the holes in the top.
The only small gripe I have with these is that they do get very hot when in use. The handle on the top stays cool though, so as long as you remember to pick them up by the handles then no need to worry.
Summary: Everyone has these, but it's because they look so good