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Why Do Candles Flicker and How Can You Fix It?

  • 2 min read

Candles have been used for centuries as a source of light and for their soothing and decorative qualities. But have you ever noticed that candles tend to flicker? This is a common phenomenon that can be caused by a variety of factors.

Why Do Candles Flicker?

First, let's understand why candles flicker in the first place. Candles are made of wax that is melted and then cooled to form a solid. When a candle is lit, the heat from the flame melts the wax near the wick, allowing it to be drawn up into the flame. As the wax is vaporised, it mixes with oxygen from the air and burns, creating light and heat.

However, the heat from the flame can also cause the air near the candle to become heated and rise, creating a draft. This draft can cause the flame to flicker, particularly if the candle is placed in a location with poor air circulation. Additionally, the shape and size of the candle, as well as the type of wax used, can also affect how much the candle flickers.

How to Fix a Flickering Candle

There are a few ways to fix a flickering candle. One solution is to make sure the candle is placed in a location with good air circulation. This can help reduce the draft and prevent the flame from fluttering. Another solution is to trim the wick to the proper length before lighting the candle. A wick that is too long can cause the flame to flicker and smoke.

If you're using a candle made from a softer wax, such as a soy or beeswax candle, you may want to try using a candle made from a harder wax, such as a paraffin candle. These candles are less likely to flicker because the wax is more solid and less affected by drafts.