The History of Candles


Mike Martin

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Once upon a time, long before electricity was discovered, candles were the only source of light. During the Middle Ages, most candles were made of beeswax and were a luxury reserved for the wealthy. Commoners used smoky tallow candles or torches made of resinous wood.

It was not until the 18th century that the invention of the dipping candle revolutionized the way candles were made. By submerging wicks into molten wax, candle-makers were able to produce a large number of candles quickly and efficiently.

In the 19th century, candle-making became increasingly mechanized. The invention of the candle mold allowed manufacturers to mass produce uniform candles. Paraffin wax, a by-product of the oil refining process, was also introduced and quickly became the preferred material for candle-making.

Candles continued to be the main source of illumination until the late 19th century when the invention of the light bulb began to replace them. Despite this, candles remained popular for their ability to create a romantic atmosphere or to be used for religious ceremonies.

Today, candles have become a popular decorative item in homes and are used for a variety of purposes. From the practical to the symbolic, candles continue to bring light and warmth into our lives.