Has your candle warmer bulb worn out and you are confused about which one to buy?
Or do the bulbs that you have already purchased, does not effectively melt the wax?
Whatever the case may be, you can find answers to your bulb-related questions here.
With so many options and varieties of light bulbs in the market, one is bound to get confused as to which one will work the best for their candle warmers. If you don’t choose the right bulb it will either burn out fast or the bulb will simply not melt your candle wax efficiently.
How To Choose the Right Candle Warmer Light Bulb
When choosing the right bulb for your candle warmer 5 things have to be considered:
The watts of the bulb that the candle warmer is designed to use
The energy efficiency of the light bulb is dependent upon the watts of the bulb. The higher the watts the greater the energy consumed and subsequently higher will be the electricity bill.
Your candle warmer will come with information on the watts of the bulb that needs to be used. So you really can’t experiment here. If you use a higher-watt bulb you run the risk of damaging your warmer or even worse causing a fire.
Even if it might not damage your warmer, still the excess heat will melt your wax rapidly. This shortens the lifespan of candles and also the quality of the emitted fragrance is affected.
If you choose the bulb with lower watts then it won’t produce enough heat to melt your wax, Which would be frustrating.
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The Type Of Bulb That Should Be Used
There are two types of bulbs that can be used for candle warmers-
Energy efficiency- The incandescent bulb uses a lot of watts. This means it has poor energy efficiency and an electricity bill that could burn a hole in your pocket.
Life span- The average lifespan of an incandescent bulb is 1000 hours. There could be minor variations to this depending on the different brands.
Dimmable– All incandescent bulbs by default are dimmable. There are incandescent bulbs that produce certain colors of light that are not dimmable. The ones that you will usually find for candle warmers will be most probably dimmable. Just to be on the safe side, if you choose to buy an incandescent bulb just check on the package whether it is dimmable or not.
Cheapest– The upfront cost of this bulb is the cheapest. However, in the long run, it increases the electricity bill. So in hindsight, It becomes more expensive to use.
They are a type of incandescent bulb but with some variations.
Energy efficiency– They use substantially fewer watts than incandescent bulbs. Thus, helping you to save money on electricity bills.
Lifespan– They last up to 2 to 3 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Dimmable– Halogen bulbs are also dimmable. Just to be sure, check the details before buying.
Price– Although the upfront cost is more than incandescent, you save a lot more on electricity bills.
*NOTE– Although LED lights are the most energy-efficient, it does not produce enough heat to melt the candle wax.
The color temperature of the bulb
The color temperature refers to the color of the light that it emits. It is measured in terms of Kelvin (K). We want our bulb to emit a soft yellow light that is similar to the warm glow of burning a candle. For that reason, a bulb that has up to 2900K is ideal. Anything higher than that, won’t emit the desired heat and the light will also be comparatively bright and white.
The shape and size of the bulb
Check the shape and size of the bulb that came along with your candle warmer and purchase a replacement of a similar type. In case your candle warmer came without a bulb, they will mention the ideal size of the bulb to be used.
It is the total amount of visible light that the bulb emits. The higher the lumen count, the more light is emitted. So if you want a bulb that gives off a lot of light, get one with a higher lumen count. Conversely, if you want a bulb that emits a soft light, get one with a lower lumen count.
*Should I purchase the bulb based on the wax of the candle that I use?
No. You don’t necessarily need to take into account the kind of wax used in your candle. There is not much difference in the melting points of the soy wax or paraffin wax. However, it’s wise to choose soy wax because it is eco-friendly whereas paraffin wax releases hazardous chemicals which are harmful to health.
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Best Candle Warmer Light Bulbs
Simba Lighting Candle Warmer ETC Replacement Light Bulb (4 Pack)
|Standard shape size||MR16|
- Used as Replacement Light Bulbs for NP5 Candle Warmers, Scentsy Wax Melt, Tart Burners, Accent Lighting, Recessed, Hood, Track Lighting, etc.
- Glass Body with Glass Cover. Diameter: 2” (5.1cm), Length: 2.15” (5.5cm).
- 90-day warranty.
- The lifespan of 2,000 Hours, 1.8 Years with 3 Hour Daily Use.
- The light is bright enough and can be used for lighting in the kitchen and washrooms.
- In the case of some customers, these bulbs lasted longer than the original bulb that came with the candle warmer.
- Cheaper than most bulbs on Amazon.
- If you have Candle Warmer from Candle Warmer ETC you should definitely buy this one.
- Some customers received one or two damaged pieces.
- In some cases, the bulb did not last as long as advertised.
PaeorRorL Replacement Bulb for Candle Warmer (4 pack)
|Light color||Warm white|
|Standard shape size||MR16|
- This NP5 bulb fits in the Candle Warmer Lamps created after 2008. These halogen light bulbs use a concentrated halogen beam to melt scented jar candles without overheating or underheating.
- They are also a great replacement for range hood light bulbs, track light bulbs, and recessed light bulbs.
- It can be easily screwed in all standard GU10 without replacing the whole fixture.
- 180 days warranty from the day of the purchase. For any issues (broken bulbs or burned out), you can contact the manufacturer.
- Last for 3000 Hours.
- In case of damaged products, the manufacturers replaced them.
- Many of their customers had problems with the product. Either it was damaged or worn out too fast.
- For some, the light could be too bright to use for a candle warmer.
Vinaco NP5 Bulb Candle Warmer (6 Pack)
|Standard shape size||MR16|
- Consists of 110V 120V 130V. Glass body with glass cover.
- Overall height: 2”; diameter: 1.85”.
- Its twist-N-Lock base can replace any candle warmer light bulb created after 2008, widely used in candle warmers, wax melters, fragrance burners, and oil air fresheners.
- Dimmable, you can adjust the brightness and temperature as you like.
- It can also be used as a night light or even as a daily home decoration etc.
- 2800K warm light provides you with a cozy atmosphere and warm light.
- They can be easily screwed in all standard GU10 without replacing the whole fixture.
- 180 Days of After-sales Support.
- The price is cheap.
- The bulbs do not last long.
Rnyloas Bulb Candle Warmer (6 pack)
|Standard shape size||MR16|
- They dim smoothly for 100%-10%, you can adjust brightness and temperature as you like.
- Can be easily screwed in all standard GU10 bases without replacing the whole fixture.
- Fits well in any of the candle warmer lamps created after 2008. They can be fitted to scent burners, tart melts, candle warmers, wax warmer, fragrance burners, oil air fresheners, tracking lighting, and some range hoods.
- If there is any problem with the product their after-sales team will deal with it within 24hrs.
- The price is pretty cheap.
- Many customers were happy with the product.
- Bulbs burn out quickly. Each bulb lasts only for a few weeks.
DORESshop Incandescent Light Bulbs for Warmer (6 pack)
|Light color||Warm white|
|Standard shape size||C7|
- Their contoured candelabra shape fits nicely in nightlights. Light bulbs release warm heat to melt scented candle wax, essential oils, or diffuser blends.
- Fits most salt lamps, chandeliers, wax warmers, wax diffusers, night lights, wall plug-ins, Scentsy plug-ins, electric window candle bulbs, and candle warmers. Bulbs can also be used in Christmas string lights, festival decorative, bathroom mirror lights, living room cabinets, rooms, patios, gardens, or cafes.
- The bulb combines retro, antique, and elegant styles with functionality and modern technology.
- Made from premium, flicker-free clear glass.
- If you are not satisfied with these wax warmer bulbs for whatever reason, you will get a replacement or a full refund.
- Many customers were satisfied with its dimming capacity.
- Many customers complained of flickering lights.
If you are an avid user of candle warmers:
You should opt for a halogen bulb from Simba Lighting because it is pocket friendly as well as lasts longer comparatively.
If you use candles warmer occasionally:
You can go for the ones with 6 packs because even though they burn out within weeks, they are quite cheap.
How to choose the right candle warmer
- Keep in mind the material of the candle warmer. It’s better to choose the ones made up of materials that have a high melting point like metals or porcelain. Avoid plastic because it can make the body of your warmer hot when in use.
- If you have a high budget you should go for the ones with adjustable height. It gives you the option of using candles of various sizes.
- Another good feature to consider before buying is to check whether the Dimmer option is available. It gives you the control to change the brightness of the bulb which in turn impacts the intensity of the fragrance released. So if you want a strong fragrance, set it to the brightest mode.
- If you tend to forget to switch off the warmer, then a Candle Warmer which has a timer option can be your savior. They usually have the option of 3 hours, 6 hours, and 9 hours.
- If you are willing to experiment, you can try Wax Melt Warmers that use chunks of scented wax melts without a wick instead of regular scented candles.
- They have a plate at the bottom which heats up to melt the wax from bottom to up.
- It gives you the option of combining two different fragrances, by putting two different wax melts in the warmer.
- Since the light bulb is not required, there is no hassle of getting them replaced.
- It consists of a bowl in which wax melts have to be placed. This bowl is kept on top of the heating plate to melt the wax.
If you are into Aromatherapy, you should also try burning incense enriched with essential oils to drive your mind to deep stages of relaxation. Incense made up of 100% natural ingredients works perfectly well to melt your stress away. We at Brahmas make incense sticks that are completely free of any chemicals.
We use the flowers discarded from temples and wash them thoroughly to eliminate the pesticides. They are then dried and pulverized into powder. This powder is then mixed with ancient Ayurvedic herbs, pure essential oils, and natural resins. They are then hand-rolled to form incense sticks.
All the processes right from collecting flowers to packaging them are carried out by local woman artisans. You can contribute towards their financial betterment by purchasing the incense sticks made by them.
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I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions regarding candle warmer bulbs or candle warmers feel free to mail us or let us know through comments. Our team would be delighted to help you.