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Old 08-13-08, 09:12 PM   #1
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I have no idea where this came from, but lately I've been intrigued by/curious with fire as a light source. There is something very comforting about having a small flame nearby providing some light (minus the glow from the computer monitor). Here's a pic of my little oil lamp and a candle lighting my room....

(hehe, my candle holder is made of a piece of pipe strap, a nut, washer, & bolt, and a half inch pipe floor flange)...

I'm about to buy a Dietz hurricane lantern and some tealight candles online.

Anyone else here into candles/lamps/lanterns?
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naw, I'm always afraid I'll burn the house down. I've got a few, usually only light them to impress the company.

nifty candle holder though!
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I like candles too. Fire at night is a natural thing to want, but that instinct has kind of gone away with modern lighting. I especially love camp fires, but you get fined around here for having one due to idiots starting brush fires.
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Agreed. Candle/fire light is very pleasing. I'm really not a fan of bright lighting at night anyway. Using candles makes power outages fun.

But between laziness and fear of burning things down, I've just settled on using 15w incandescent light bulbs most of the time.
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Oooo. Fire pretty. *blink blink yawn*

(No candles for me, alas... I have two pyromaniac kitties. Seriously. If they had thumbs they would be lighting matches all the time; as it is they won't leave any flame alone even if they burn their own whiskers off!)
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I own an oil it. spent many nights reading by oil lamp light...
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Our woodstove has a glass front window. It really draws me in when starting a fire. Warms the house nicely too.

Too bad it also includes dragging five trees dropped on the neighbor's property up to the house. Oh BTUs.
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I've always loved a not direct light - preferring a couple of small light sources versus the blaring overhead.

Oil lamp .... erm no. I have this nose that goes right to the headache gland in the head and it bothers me - same when someone blows out a match or candle around me -- DIOS MIO - instant front lobe headache - ugh. (I'm such a picky-poo person, aren't I? ) - stinks though.

So in my bedroom now - I have two low level table lamps on - one for me on the computer - and to light up the fish who like it at night - and the other by my bed.

At work - we have the overhead flourescent lights - some that take 4 bulbs (ugh). Now some ladies love this searing brilliant light and call housekeeping to change out that bad 4th bulb that died.

Me? I just about bribed the guy to stay away from my dim 2 lights in the two sets of lights over my head for the last couple years. My last job - the guys would just stare at me and replace the slightly dim lightbulbs and so I so then sat in a freaking tanning booth at high noon, with a nuclear blast overhead (they should have provided sunglasses with those light bulbs!). HUGE FREAKIN headache every single day when I left work.

Now in my old area - with the "Green" stuff working at the college - they're reducing the flourescent lightbulbs in the overheads from 4 to 2, and even eliminating some of the way too multiple lights altogether - plus in their offices - preferring to use a couple of smaller table lamps with energy saving lightbulbs.

However, I do use candles in my wiccan ways and I must say a room or outdoor area filled with candles is awesome ... and sexy.
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