Hurricane Irene: Be Prepared, Fake Candles Edition


Like everyone on the east coast we’ve been doing our part to get ready for Irene’s arrival. We moved the deck furniture into the garage, made extra ice so things in the fridge won’t go bad if (when?) the power goes out, we’ve charged our devices and some external chargers and we’ve stored up some water. The latter wasn’t so easy because every store we went to was out so we just filled up pitchers. Batteries and candles were out too, but Elana did bring something useful home. Here’s a quick look but first, a brief musical interlude from one of the all-time greats, Tom Lehrer.

Seriously, the guy was a genius, and even after all this time his stuff is still great. Oh, but I digress…

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So Elana comes home with a few “Flameless Real Wax Candles”. The container makes clear that it runs on batteries and has one LED light. “Real wax” and “LED”?? Umm, can you spell oxymoron??

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Sure enough it has… one LED light.

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And it runs on 3 AAA batteries.

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But it claims to be a “real wax candle” and when the LED is on it sure looks (and smells!!) like a “real wax candle”.

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So what’s the deal? The “column” surrounding the LED is made from “real wax”. In fact it is scented and really does smell like a decorative candle. The “candle” is a flickering LED that sits on top of the battery compartment.Together they really do create the illusion of a real (or at least “close to real” candle without the hazard of an open flame burning or the mess of hot wax dripping.

Unfortunately something tells me we are going to end up using these for at least part of the night.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.

1 Comment on "Hurricane Irene: Be Prepared, Fake Candles Edition"

  1. Rodney St. John | August 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm |

    Good luck Dan. And be careful. Btw I’ve had a few if these for years. They are really handy to set a mood without the danger of fire.

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