Monday, February 15, 2010

Cheap long lasting light - Jesus Candles

I remember these candles from when I was a kid, and remember that they would routinely last around 24 hours. So when I saw a set of them on sale for 80 cents each, I grabbed one for testing.

We only lit it when we could monitor it, so we managed to get one 8 hour stretch, and a few other single hour, totaling around 12 hours of usage in the test. At this point the candle was about 1/3 of the way down, estimating around 36 hours of total light for 80 cents.

There are a few quirks to Jesus Candles. They don't always provide the best light; they're wrapped in a sticker depicting Saint Somesuch, with prayers on the back, so that should be removed for best light (use a razor blade to make long cuts into the label, then soak it in hot water, the label will come right off). Their flame is irregular; sometimes the flame will burn low and slow, sometimes it will burn tall and bright, so while it may not always throw off the best light, they will provide enough to navigate a dark house or work on something. They are completely enclosed in glass; carrying them in your hand is easy, and you don't have to worry about hot wax dripping down the side, it all burns. They are wind resistant; designed to be placed at memorials outside, they burn well in windy conditions.

Got Jesus Candles?

Staying above the water line!

Thanks to Riverwalker, whose format I copied because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :) Give him a click, he has a great preparedness blog.

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