Almost everyone has used a lighter at some point in their life. But did you know that you can use a lighter to light a candle? It's true! In this blog post, we'll show you how to do it. We'll also tell you about some of the different types of lighters for candle available on the market today. So read on to learn more!
Table of Contents
- Why Light Up a Candle with a Lighter?
- How to Light a Candle with a Lighter? 4 Easy Ways
- How to Light a Candle with a Short Lighter?
- How to Light a Candle with a Bic Lighter?
- How to Light a Candle with a Long Lighter?
- How to Light a Candle with a Cigarette Lighter?
- Pro Tip! What Is the Correct Way to Light a Candle?
- Hack! What Can You Do If Your Candles Are Not Lit?
- 10 Tips to Make Sure that Your Candles Last Longer
Why Light Up a Candle with a Lighter?
There are many reasons to light a candle with a lighter. Here are five:
- It's quick and easy. Lighting a candle with a lighter is quicker and easier than using a match.
- It's more reliable. A lighter is more likely to light a candle than a match, especially in windy conditions.
- It's more consistent. A lighter generates more heat than a match, so the flame is more likely to stay lit when you're lighting a candle.
- It's safer. A lighter doesn't produce as much heat as a match, making it less likely to start a fire if you're not careful.
- It's more portable. A lighter is small and lightweight so that you can carry it with you everywhere. On the other hand, a match isn't easy to transport because of the box or book.
Related: How to Use a Candle Lighter?
How to Light a Candle with a Lighter? 4 Easy Ways
There are many ways to light a candle. For example, some people might use a lighter, while others might use a match. In addition, seven other methods can be used to light a candle.
How to Light a Candle with a Short Lighter?
You need to do a few things to light a candle with a short lighter. Here are the five steps:
- Remove the lighter from its plastic packaging.
- Grasp the lighter in your dominant hand, and hold it toward the bottom of the flame to increase airflow.
- Press down on the top of the lighter until a spark appears in front of the flint wheel. If you do not press down far enough, a spark will not appear before the flint wheel, rendering this step useless.
- Carefully move closer to your candle, holding your lighter up to it without touching it or putting it underneath any part of the wick at this time. Please make sure that there are no sources of fire nearby that could accidentally ignite your candle while you attempt to light it with your short lighter.
- Gently press down on the top of the lighter once more, and hold it in place until the flame catches and the candle begins to light. Hold the lighter in place for an additional 5-10 seconds to ensure that the candle is fully lit. Release pressure on top of lighter, remove from flame. Enjoy your new, lit candle!
Related: How Does a Plasma Lighter Work?
- If the flame on your candle goes out while trying to light it using a short lighter, do not panic! Instead, repeat these steps until the candle lights successfully.
- If you follow these five simple steps, you'll be able to light a candle with a short lighter in no time. Happy candle-lighting!
How to Light a Candle with a Bic Lighter?
- Create fire with the Bic lighter.
- Hold the lighter close to the wick of the candle, being careful not to touch it or put out your new flame. Of course, you can't hold it too far away from the flame either, but you have to have a reasonable distance for it to work well.
- Slowly rotate your hand up and down, allowing just enough of a flame on the surface of the wick, being careful not to let it turn into a bonfire. If you do this right, then there shouldn't be any struggles that may produce an embarrassment of smoke as if you had been smoking e-cigarettes behind closed doors without anybody knowing, which is what I usually, do when nobody is looking.
- As soon as the candle is lit, you can release your hand from the lighter and place it wherever it feels comfortable.
- Enjoy your lovely, newly-lit candle!
How to Light a Candle with a Long Lighter?
To light a candle with a long lighter, you will need to follow these five simple steps:
- Open the bottom of the long lighter and insert the candle's wick into the small hole. Make sure that the wick is fully inserted into the hole.
- Close the bottom of the long lighter and hold it near the top of the candle. The flame should be close to the wick but not touching it.
- Strike the top of the long lighter and hold it in place until the flame catches on the wick.
- Once the flame has caught on, slowly move the long lighter down towards the base of the candle. Keep moving it down until the flame reaches the point on the candle where you want it lit.
- To extinguish, slowly move the long lighter up until the flame is out. If this doesn't work, close the bottom of the long lighter entirely and hold it near the top for a few seconds to snuff out.
You are done! Now you know how to light a candle with along lighter.
How to Light a Candle with a Cigarette Lighter?
Lighting a candle with a cigarette lighter is not as simple as it sounds. You can't just hold the flame to the wick and expect it to catch; there are several steps you need to follow to get your candlelit successfully.
What you need:
- Candle (obviously)
- Lighter (cigarette, butane, etc.)
- Hold the lighter up high and away from your body. Even if you're right-handed, light candles with your left hand so that your dominant hand doesn't knock over the flame when you're lighting candles. This will also help avoid any accidents while lighting candles. Also, holding the lighter far from you gives more time for any wind coming from an open window or door to die down before it blows out your candle.
- Next, you need to turn the lighter so that the flame is perpendicular to the wick of your candle. If they are not in line with each other, the flame won't catch on the wick and start burning correctly. Once they're lined up, proceed to move them closer together until you see a few sparks - this means your candle is catching fire!
- After seeing these initial sparks, you can bring the lighter away from the wick while continuing to hold it close enough for there to be some contact between both parts. This part of how to light candles might seem challenging (seeing as you can't see any actual flames), but continue holding the lighter close enough so that the flame is still warming it. As a result, your candle should continue to burn on its own even if you release the lighter.
- If you find that your wick is too deep in the middle or sides of the candle, use the pliers on your lighter to pull it up and out towards where you can see it. The reason why this step is necessary is that the heat from the lighter will be more intense closer to where it's directly touching, yet isn't strong enough at some parts of your wick. So make adjustments as necessary until all sections are equally able to catch fire from your lighter.
Remembering these steps when learning how to light a candle with a lighter should make the entire process much easier and hopefully avoid any unwanted accidents from happening. Happy candle lighting!
That's how you light a candle with a cigarette lighter! Enjoy your warm glow!
Pro Tip! What Is the Correct Way to Light a Candle?
A candle will only provide good lighting for a reasonable time if it is lit correctly. Here are some instructions to light a candle:
- Place the wick in the melted wax from the previous burning session, and let it soak for 1-2 minutes. The wick should stand by itself without support. If you do not have any wax left over from your last session, use a lighter or a match to melt small pieces at the base of your candle until they form a puddle.
- Take 1-3 inches of slack in each hand and position on both sides of the candle's wick (do not cross them).
- As quickly as possible, pull your hands away from each other while simultaneously lifting your hands upwards (keeping the distance between your hands constant).
- The flame should now be lit and will continue to burn as long as you do not blow it out. Your candle should provide good, consistent lighting if you follow these directions.
However, if the flame starts to flicker or goes out, there are a few things you can do:
- Make sure the wick is centered in the wax pool. If not, use a skewer or chopstick to straighten it out.
- Trim the wick so that it is only 1/4 inch long. Longer wicks can cause the flame to become too large and inconsistent.
- Use a lighter or a match to add more melted wax to your candle if the puddle has dried out.
- Dispose of your candle and start a new one if none of these suggestions fix the problem.
Hack! What Can You Do If Your Candles Are Not Lit?
Are candles not lit? What you can do if your candles are not lit. Do not panic. There is a way to get the candles back on to work again.
Just follow these steps:
Step 1 - take out your candles and pack them away in a dry location, safe from any water damage.
Step 2 - check all parts of your candle for cracks or breaks. If your candle is cracked, it will not work anymore because the wax will not flow through the cracks when it melts down. So be very careful with this step!
A broken part on the inside of any candle will result in no lighting of that particular candle ever, so if you have any damaged pieces, you will need to replace the candle.
Step 3 - make sure that you do so in a well-ventilated area when you light your candles in the future. When the flame comes into contact with the wax, it can create black smoke, which is unpleasant to smell or have around.
Step 4 - Wait until the candles are thoroughly cooled before relighting them.
These steps should help get your candles back on track and working again! So don't worry if they're not lighting up at first; there is still hope!
Related: How to Refill a Candle Lighter?
10 Tips to Make Sure that Your Candles Last Longer
We've all experienced this. We buy a beautiful candle with our favorite scent only to have the smell fade away before half of it is burned down. While some unscrupulous manufacturers may use cheap, non-scented waxes, so you have to replace the candle more often. You can do several things to make sure your candles last as long as possible.
1) Choice of wick
An old trick passed down through generations of candle makers is that lead-free metal wicks give off smoke and soot when they burn, which causes blackening around the jar or glass where it is burnt. There are now biodegradable natural fiber wicks available like organic cotton or hemp. Avoid paper wicks which will also
cause smoke and soot.
2) Proper trimming of the wick
This is usually only necessary for candles that burn for more than about 3 hours. Make sure to cut the wick to 1/4 inch when you first light the candle, and every time you relight it.
3) Pouring temperature
The best way to prevent cracking or bubbling in candles is by pouring at a slightly lower temperature. Most candle-making paraphernalia lists 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit as ideal, but if you can pour your candles between 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit, it will give better results in terms of longevity and fewer bubbles and crackles in your final product. In addition, it's worth investing in a candy thermometer from a local store or even picking one up online if you intend to make candles often.
4) Size of candle
The larger the candle, the more difficult it is to keep a consistent burning temperature. This can result in fluctuations in the scent and cause the candle to burn faster. So try to stick to smaller candles where possible.
5) Position of candle
If you can avoid positioning candles near drafts or windows as they will cause the flame to flicker and the candle to burn faster. Also, be careful not to place candles near any object that could catch fire.
6) Melting point
The higher the melting point of your wax, then your candle will burn. However, this can cause problems as wax with a high melting point is usually harder to work with. Unfortunately, there are no candles available that have a low melting point so that they can be easily used in chandeliers, or at least these are becoming more common.
7) The type of container
Usually, the thicker the glass jar or container, the better. However, if you're making votive candles, try using a clear glass votive holder if possible, as this will help to keep the candle from cracking from fluctuations in temperature.
8) Size of the mold cavity
It's also important to make sure that your molds aren't too deep for the size of your wick and, ideally, should be between 1-1 ½ inches deep, depending on what you're making. If they are too deep, then the wick will sit in liquid wax for an extended period and this can cause problems with burning, mainly if you've used a natural fiber wick that needs plenty of oxygen to burn properly.
9) Avoid overheating your candles
This is more important than most people realize, but overheating your candles can lead to them losing their scent and also breaking in the middle. It's even possible to cause the glass jar or container to crack completely. Try not to leave candles burning when you go out or overnight, and always extinguish them before they reach the end of the candle. Otherwise, there will be liquid wax left in them, solidifying and making it difficult to light them the next time.
10) Age your candles
The older a candle gets, the more delicate it becomes. This doesn't mean that you can't use old candles, but you should consider that they might not last as long as new ones. Furthermore, if the wick is damaged, it cannot be easy to relight it, so always check for this before burning.
Now that you know how to light a candle with the help of your handy lighter, let's talk about safety. Use caution when handling lit candles and ensure they are away from flammable objects like curtains or carpeting. And don't forget - always use a candle snuffer instead of blowing out the flame!