Before the invention of the light bulb, candles were a necessity in homes, as once the sun set, it was DARK.
North American pioneers had few luxuries. They fabricated utilitarian candles from animal tallow (fat) or when available from beeswax. According an article from Pioneer Thinking households would have needed to make 400+ candles per year for their daily usage. Eventually, these settlers had kerosene lanterns, but even those were intended for specific tasks not for leisurely dinners discussing world affairs.
Within a monastery, the Chandler (learn more here) held an important position as he was the one in charge of the fabrication of candles. Traditionally, these candles were tapers formed by a tedious dipping method. The candles were used by monks and staff to move about the monastery buildings, check on livestock and other essential tasks. Alone in his room, a monk would have used his candle sparingly.
We can thank Mr Edison for his light bulb invention, which affords us all the luxury to live productive lives without having to worry about our candle inventory.
Now, we need to worry about blue light. These days we are practically chained to our mobile devices, for instant news and social media gratification. Health studies have shown that the blue light emitted from these devices may, in fact, interrupt our sleep patterns (details here).
Why We Love Candlelight
If you are taking the kids to Chucky Cheese for dinner, you do not expect or want, candles. However, for that special occasion; a birthday, anniversary or “date night” you crave something a more subdued – the romance of candlelight.
Maybe it’s just the act of lighting a candle that triggers your brain to say ok that day is done, and it’s time to wind down. Maybe the subdued light from candles allows our minds to begin to quiet for the day. Or, it could be that we like candlelight because it hides some of the wrinkles. Whatever your reason for wanting a softer glow, light a candle tonight and celebrate the gentle romance.