With these fixtures, you’ll get the ambience of candles without worrying about gusts of wind or dripping wax.
What you need to know: Many lights come with alkaline, lithium, nickel cadmium (NiCD), or nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, which “you can recharge hundreds of times,” says Tom Reddy, a coauthor of the Handbook of Batteries ($200, amazon.com). How long they’ll last before you have to juice them up again varies, so check labels. And remember to plan accordingly: NiCD- and NiMH-powered lights need to be charged overnight before use, whereas alkaline and lithium batteries don’t require preparation. Make sure to bring the lights inside at the end of the party: Batteries can leak and short if they get wet.
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Tall pillars (in red lantern and on tray ): Real wax exterior, realistic flicker. Flameless 10-inch-high pillar (two D batteries, not included), $25, batteryoperatedcandles.net.
Pillars: Citrus candles (four AAs, not included), $10 to $12 each, batteryoperatedcandles.net.
Votives: For a similar product, $6, oogalights.com.
*All lights come with batteries included unless otherwise specified.