Friday, April 10, 2020

Lighting up the darkness with vintage candles

Here's a fun Christmas-related project that we recently did.  While clearing out the Christmas decoration storage area at my parents' house, we found some vintage candoliers -- the window candles with a base to set on a window sill.  The ones we found have eight candles each.  Amazingly, these antique lights still work -- and there were extra light bulbs with them!
The cute little box above contained extra bulbs.  Later, we found another, larger cardboard box with a bunch of extra bulbs in it.

Knowing that some folks are displaying candles in their windows these days as a sign of hope, and some towns have even lit the Christmas lights on Main Street, we decided to fit the candolier out with red, white, and blue lights and place it in one of our porch windows.

This worked pretty well until we decided to put the lights on a timer -- from 7 to 10 pm and then in the early morning from 5 to 7 am.  We're not sure if it's just the sheer antiquity of the lights -- they are at least 70 years old! -- or just that the timer is too modern for them, but they keep going out.  The cold damp weather could also be causing issues, we think.  These are the type where if one bulb goes out, none of the others will work.  Thankfully, my hubby has a tester that can determine which bulbs are bad.

We've now fitted it out with more working bulbs and placed it in an upstairs dormer.  Hopefully that makes a difference and the lights keep working.  This is a fun and unique way to show our patriotism.
When we see lights in people's windows, or glowing brightly in a downtown, let's thank God for the hope we have in Him and be faithful to pray for our country!


  1. Such a nice gesture putting candles out. Those lighted candles give a glow of hope that one day we will return to normal. Stay safe and healthy. Have a Blessed Easter. Thelma.

    1. Thanks, Thelma! I loved your comment about the candles giving "a glow of hope that one day we will return to normal". I truly, truly hope so and I hope it is soon. How goes it for you in Canada?

  2. Amen! What a terrific find and an awesome way to put it to good use. Great post!

  3. Thanks, Vicki! It really was a fun find and it's fun to see the patriotic glow from the candles at night.

  4. What a wonderful way to light up in these darker times.

  5. I love that you found a meaningful way to use these vintage lights you discovered in your parent's home.


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