Candle FAQs:


Q: Is a candle an ignitable wick embedded in wax or another flammable solid substance such as tallow that provides light?

A: Yes, and in some cases, a fragrance.

Q: Were candles more common in northern Europe?

A: Yes.

Q: Were candles tallow and beeswax until the mid 1800s at which point they were made mainly from spermaceti , and stearin?

A: Yes, Today, most candles are made from paraffin wax, a product of petroleum refining.

Q: Were candles expensive?

A: Yes, and relatively few people could afford to burn them in their homes in medieval Europe.

Q: Were candles the main source of lighting before electric lights were available?

A: Yes.

Q: Were candles the most common candle?

A: Yes.

Q: Are candles that a lead core was used in the wicks to keep them upright in container candles?

A: Yes.

Q: Are candles used mainly for their aesthetic value and scent?

A: Yes, and particularly to set a soft, warm, or romantic ambiance, for emergency lighting during electrical power failures, and for religious or ritual purposes.

Q: Are candles distributed to a crowd or audience?

A: Yes, such as Christmas carolers or people at other concerts/festivals.

Q: Is a candle placed at the bottom center of the hurricane?

A: Yes.

Q: Are candles to tell the time?

A: Yes.

Q: Were candles made of tallow due to the prohibitive cost of beeswax?

A: Yes.

Q: Are candles one of the leading sources of residential fires in the U.S?

A: Yes, with almost 10% of civilian injuries and 6% of civilian fatalities from fire attributed to candles.

Q: Is a candle approximately one candela?

A: Yes.