Brilliant Ceramic Candle Holders

pillar candle holders

Today we added the 4th color to our line of ceramic candle holders and pedestal trays. We now have red, yellow, green, and teal. These holders are great for use with our 3 inch and 4 inch diameter pillar candles, or the 16 oz., 26 oz. jars. The colors of these holders are really attractive and each one is coated with a shiny glaze to make it really pop. The holders also have a weathered finish making them look distressed. The pillar holders come in both a 9 inch or 11 inch tall option. The pedestal tray is 4.5 inches tall by 6 inches in diameter and is really nice for use with larger decorative items like vases or bowls. Matching these holders with the perfect color candle is easy with our wide selection of pillars and jars.
We recommend using:

  • Fresh Rain or Butterfly Garden with the teal
  • Sage and Citrus or Redwood Cedar with the red
  • Opium or Cranberry Chutney with the yellow
  • Gingerbread or Cinnamon Stick with the green

We also have a lot of beaded garland in beautiful colors which are excellent for accenting your displays. A decorative candle ring can also be used around the base of the holders or at the top around the candle for a more creative look. Stop by www.uscandleco.com to see checkout all the other items we have.

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How To Choose a Candle

choosing candles

Choosing the right candles for your home or event can be more challenging than at first it may seem.  There are many factors that go into which candle will work best.  Some of the factors are, the environment the candles will be in, the number of candles being used, scented or unscented candles, and length of time the candles need to burn.

Lets assume that the candles being decided on are made by a reputable candle company and are high quality candles.  That is, of course, one of the most important factors.  There hundreds, if not thousands, of candle styles available to pick from so which one should you choose?

Why are you buying the candles?  People buy candles for many different reasons, for decoration, ambiance, to freshen the air, all of the above.  The answer to this question will begin you down one path or another.  A soft romantic ambiance can be gotten from any candle when it is lit.  However, you may not want to light a novelty candle (candle with a special shape or design) because it will be ruined once it is burned.  If all your going for is ambiance then you need to consider the environment the candles are being used in.  Is the setting a dinner for two or a bubble bath for one?  Taper candles are the traditional “romantic couple” dinner candles.  If you’re going for the bubble bath then you might just want a few tealights to surround the tub with.

If the candles are only going to be used for decoration, is it for your home or an event?  Many people purchase candles to use in their homes that they don’t intend to burn.  Pillar candles are very popular for creating decorative arrangements and centerpieces.  With so many pillar sizes and colors available finding candles to match your home decor is relatively easy.  If you are decorating for an event check with the venue about their rules pertaining to candles.  Some have a strict “no candles” rule.  Others allow candles but require that the candle flame not be higher than the top of the container they are in.  The type of event will determine what style of candle you look for.

If you’re using the candles to freshen the air, the main factor to consider is the size of the room.  Smaller rooms like bathrooms may only need a votive or small jar to freshen the air.  For larger rooms such as living rooms or master bedrooms larger candles like a 6×6 pillar or 64 oz. jar might be a better choice.  The larger the surface area of the liquid wax the faster the fragrance will be pushed into the air.  Some fragrances are naturally “lighter” than others.  A Vanilla scented candle may not be as noticeable as a Black Cherry, or a Honeydew as strong as a Lilac.  Sometimes a subtle fragrance is all that is desired.

Jar candles are very popular because they reduce the potential for wax to spill or drip on to the table.  Whatever the reason is for purchasing candles, if you light them make sure to not leave them unattended.

Battery Operated LED Candles

battery operated candlesAccording to the National Candle Association, candles are used in 7 out of 10 households in the United States.  Candles are purchased for a number of different reasons including, decorating, ambiance, emergency use, and to freshen the air.  With the advances in technology, battery operated candles are now available that can meet the demand for each of the reasons people purchase candles.

In the beginning candles were usually made out of plastic and didn’t look very realistic.  Now many battery candles are made using real wax so they feel and look just like the real thing.  Early battery powered candles used low watt light bulb to try and replicate the glow from a candle flame.  These primitive designs did not flicker like a real candle flame does.  In addition the color of the light emitted from these bulbs didn’t match the natural glow of candle light.  Also these candles would drain the batteries pretty quickly.

The newer battery candles now use LED’s to give off a realistic flicker and glow simulating natural candle light much better than before.  This means that you can get the ambiance from an LED candle like you would from a real one.  Also because LED bulbs don’t use much energy, the batteries last much longer.  A few of the LED candles will change colors automatically or can be set to a specific color with a remote control if you want something other than the natural yellowish glow.

The battery operated candles now also come in a variety of sizes, colors, and fragrances.  This makes them perfect to decorate with around your home or for events.  Many of the candles are also scented, freshening the air as well as being decorative.

There are many options available when it comes to turning your battery candles on and off.  All of them come with a manual on/off switch, usually on the base of the candle, out of sight.  In addition to that, some also have built in timers remote control candleswhich will turn the candles on and off automatically.  Some of the more advanced battery candles are remote controlled.  Usually 1 remote control can be used for all the candles in your home as long as they are from the same manufacturer.

Battery powered candles also come in a wide range of sizes and shapes from tealights to pillar candles and jars to tapers.  There are unique holiday themed candles like ghosts for Halloween, pumpkins for Thanksgiving, and snowmen for Christmas available too.  The greatest benefit to LED candles is that there is no open flame to watch or worry about.  They can be used safely around kids and pets.

Decorations for Summer Parties

star floating candlesWith the 4th of July coming right around the corner many people are looking for patriotic decorating ideas for their parties.  Lots of decorative accents in red, white, and blue will be used on tables, walls, doors, and windows.  We have a lot of red, white, and blue candles to add to your home decor for the summer holidays but two new products we have found,  really stand out.  There are red, white, and blue star shaped floating candles in 2 sizes, and a 3 piece set of frosted votive cups with red, white, and blue stars on them.  The votive cups will hold a standard size votive candle.  The light shinning through the star shaped cutouts create a really neat light show.  These new candles and candle holders will really make decorating for your summer parties easy.

Another very simple way to decorate for summer is using red, white, and blue pillar candles on a mirror with some beaded garland.  Using pillars of varying heights will make a better display. Since we have very affordable candles that are made in the U.S.A., you can put together an attractive display with quality candles at a great price.

Scented Candles

scented pillar candleScented candles… what is it about them that makes them so popular? Is it that scented candles are merely a tool to freshen the air in our homes? I think the reason scented candles are so popular is more than that. Our sense of smell is very closely tied to our memories. Have your ever been somewhere and suddenly out of nowhere caught a whiff of something that instantly caused you to remember an event, place, or person from your past. I know I have.

Scented candles can have the same effect. When you find a candle that reminds you of home, a friend, that first kiss… that candle becomes more than just an air freshener. At U.S. Candle Company we offer such a wide variety of fragrances so you can find that special scent to remind you of once upon a time.

Save 10% On All Smooth Scented Pillar Candles

red scented pillars
red scented pillars

We are running a 2 week sale on all of our smooth scented pillar candle sizes.  Save 10% on any fragrance any of our 9 sizes with no limit on how many you purchase.   Our smooth scented pillar candle sale is running from today (September 24, 2009) through October 11, 2009.  Take advantage of our even lower prices to stock up on fall and Christmas decorations and gifts for your friends. Discount prices do not apply to wholesale orders. Sale price is only valid on orders placed through http://www.uscandleco.com, not valid on in-store (outlet) purchases.

New Lower Pricing On Battery Pillar Candles

battery powered pillar candles

We have a new style of battery operated pillar candles which allows us to offer them at much more affordable pricing.  The battery pillar candles are made with real wax that is unscented.  We are only selling these pillar candles in an ivory color.  The candles run off of 2 AAA batteries (not included) and use a realistic flickering LED bulb.   Our battery powered candles are perfect to use in homes with children and pets as there is no open flame to worry about.  These also make great gifts for people who may not want open flames in there homes for other reasons.  The pillars are 3″ diameter and come in heights of 4″, 5″, and 7″.  Our battery pillar candles are priced from $8.00 – $12.50 each which is well below the old pricing of $20+ each.