I just got a Luminara Candle, and here are my impressions:
1) This thing smells. They call it scented, I call it a whopper of a stink bomb. In five minutes of being in my bedroom, the whole place reeked like mutant vanilla.
2) The battery compartment door is made very, very poorly. I would be surprised if anyone could own this long term without the battery door snapping its little tabs.
3) Without my glasses on, from five feet or more away, it does look real. However, it wobbles quite a bit. Real candles don't always flicker, they sometimes remain perfectly still. That being said, it is still the most real looking of those artificial candles which do not attempt to hide the flame behind the wax.
I have mixed feelings. As a burglar deterrent, putting this on a windowsill would be tops. If you are putting this up high, in a glass jar, on a shelf, etc., I am sure it would be great. But at eye level/close up, you can tell it isn't the real deal.
As real as it looks at the proper viewing distance, the main detractor is build quality. They could have spent the extra nickel to make the battery compartment door more robust, but did not do so. If they cut corners there, then where else?
If anyone else buys one, please let us know what you think.