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    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.
    Last edited by LEDAdd1ct; 12-05-2011 at 05:58 PM.
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    LEDAddict - You and I think alike. Your comments about the battery compartment echo mine. By contrast the Candle Impressions battery doors are much more robust and much easier to close. We have had ours for several months and thus several battery changes. I am just VERY careful opening and closing the compartment.We use ours both for aesthetics and as a deterrent as they are visible both to us and from outside as well. I really cannot, or should I say will not, go into a lot of detail but suffice it to say they are not the only deterrent in play. I saw the deterrent side of the candles as just being an added bonus. As for the candles being scented.....Mine were not so I did not get to experience that issue at all.
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    There is nothing wrong with the Candle Impressions units per se, but they hide the light source "in" the wax. By offering the flame in plain sight, the Luminara candles add more than just a little realism. I originally thought about wiring up a 3 volt battery pack so I would never have to mess with batteries again, but now I am seriously considering returning it tomorrow morning. The teeny copper wire the plastic "flame" rests on just doesn't inspire confidence, and the battery door...junk.

    But putting these by the window will certainly make an impression on those outside. I just can't justify leaving $25 invested in something when that money could go towards something much more robust (countless other lighting gadgets/flashlights).

    EDIT: Luminara candle returned.
    Last edited by LEDAdd1ct; 12-06-2011 at 07:23 PM.
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