The City of Houston had a press conference earlier this week. The fire department is encouraging people to use LED flameless candles whenever possible. But we found some retailers were too expensive, so we set out to find the best bargain and selection.
Over at Tuesday Morning in southwest Houston, the candle aisle which was once reserved for real wick burning candles is now half the size, thanks to the demand of flameless LED battery-operated candles.
"It sets the mood. You get that warmth flickering of the candle without the heat," said Tammy Zarnowiecki with Tuesday Morning.
Over the last couple of years as the selection has grown, the price has dropped.
"When they first came out average price point at the discounters was $19.99," Zarnowiecki said. "You can get two led candles now at Tuesday Morning for $7.99, a phenomenal price."
Some led flameless are decorative like battery operated faux wrought iron lanterns for $14.99 and a crackled glass candle for $7.99. At Tuesday Morning, the store also carries a line from Scenterrific a frangrance warmer with a flickering led warming plate and a five hour timer.
"You can set them outside time and let them go off by themselves," said customer Jenette Spinks.
At Costco Warehouse, just in time for the holidays they have several options to choose from, a six-pack of vanilla scented LED candles cost $29.99 each. Each candle has a realistic wick, includes 12 batteries and has a remote control. For a limited time, a four-pack of candles are just $15.99.
"I have been to other stores, regular stores, Pottery Barn or Restoration Candles, they are $20 each, or maybe more," said shopper Judi Scott.
Over at the discount store, the selection was even better when it came to size. We found a four-pack of LED votives for $5.29, a three-pack of candles with remote for $30.99 and we also found giant LED pillars for $20.79.
The best way to really save is to look for those candles that come with batteries like the Costco ones. Save money by skipping on the remote control because most of the candles have timers.