Don’t get up – here’s a candle you can put out from across the room.
Luminara’s flameless, remote-controlled candles are either a brilliant invention – effortlessly switched on (so no rifling around for a lighter or matches); long-lasting; impervious to sudden gusts of wind or flame-extinguishing sneezes – or yet another product enabling our sedentary, convenience-obsessed culture.
Made of authentic wax, these remote-controlled candles aren’t as cheesy as other battery-powered varieties and feature a fairly realistic-looking flame effect created by a combination of electromagnetics and LED lights. They also come with a built-in self-timer, so you can program Luminara candles to come on at a specific hour – say, when you get home from work in the depressing darkness of midwinter. Pretty brilliant, actually. A 3.5-by-5-inch candle is $26 at amazon.com.
Laura Pearson, Chicago Tribune