Gadgets 74

Published on November 29th, 2005 | by Greg


Fire is Overrated

Candles are great- romantic, cheap, easy lighting. They are also fire hazards, dangerous for children, pretty much useless outdoors, messy, and smoky.

Enter the Candela – sure, electric lights are nothing new (thanks, Edison). But the Candela packages a nice, soothing light in a sturdy, translucent plastic with a rechargeable battery that gives it plenty of juice. Heavy enough to be stable anywhere, but as light as a cellphone, these aren’t quite powerful enough to read by- but are perfect for walking around the house at night or spicing up a bedroom. The neatest part about Candelas (and Candeloos, the brightly colored and cutely shaped children’s version) is their recharging system- four of the Candelas or Candeloos sit loosely on a small base to recharge. Vessel, the manufacturer, calls it “SafeCharge”, and it’s a really cool contactless system. Also, if the recharging base loses power, the Candelas automatically turn on, allowing you to find them in an emergency. Several sets are available from 2 to 10 lamps and they cost between $49 and $399 depending on the number of lamps you want.

Throw away your candles (unless they’re scented, as of yet there aren’t any scented Candelas), and try these simple, useful lights!

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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