|The Candela (which means candle in Italian by the way). Not working because, well, they don't work anymore.|
But. After not very long at all, they stopped taking a charge. After replacing the base three times I gave up and relegated them to the top of the dressing table, where they're still gathering dust. I can't seem to find them for sale in this country anymore and perhaps that's why, cos they just stopped working after a while and people got fed up with them.
This was a shame because they were also really good for when and where you wanted low, ambient light - a bath say - but didn't want to use a candle. I love candles, I have more scented candles than you could possibly imagine: Diptyque, Creed, Jo Malone, Fresh et al, but with two young children, I don't really use them much anymore. So for the past few years I've been having a bath under what seem like 2000W bulbs. Restful? Not much.
Then I found these LED flickering Imageo candle lights from Philips.
|Here they are off.|
|Here they are on. Magic init.|
A company I can at least track down fairly easily if things go wrong. And instead of £70 they cost £17 for three (ha, just looked and they're even cheaper now, but you know with Amazon the price goes up and down, £17 is what I paid for them anyway). I though they'd be a bit naff, but actually they're rather good (they look like a candle in a frosted glass container). You tip them to turn them on or off and when not in use they sit charging in a base. Great in pumpkins come Hallowe'en, great anywhere you'd use a candle. I love them by the bath, don't have to worry about switching them off. They're really nice on a dinner table (no point pretending they're real but from a distance they do look authentic). I give my children baths using them when they need calming down (works a treat, the little one goes into a sort of trance looking at them, so much so that I end up asking her if she's doing a poo in the bath, it's that sort of far away stare, but don't worry, cos she's not, she's just transfixed).
They won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I love 'em.