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Remote-controlled candles are long-lasting, safe

Flameless Luminara candles come with a remote control so they can easily be turned off and on from across the room. (Luminara)
Flameless Luminara candles come with a remote control so they can easily be turned off and on from across the room. (Luminara) TNS

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

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