Candle nerds unite! Well for this post it’s more like Oil Lamp nerds unite. The title of this blog might indicate that this a “candles only” kinda blog, but I very much want it to touch on the fringes of all things atmosphere enhancing. And that’s precisely what an oil lamp is to me. An awesome atmosphere enhancing contraption. Let’s dive in and take a look at why oil lamps kick major butt.
The first ever use of oil lamps is thought to be from 10,000-8,000 BC. Rather than the elegant design choices we have today these first oil lamps made use of sea shells, egg shells, and coconuts with animal fats used as the oil and moss thought be used for the wicks. Lamps evolved over time into hollowed out stones, then to saucers, then incorporating a nozzle to hold the wick, and then to a closed bowl that had a spout that held the wick (the genie lamp!). Eventually they evolved to include a cover for the flame, known as a chimney or flute, resembling some of the oil lamps of today. Before we harnessed the powers of electricity oil lamps were the primary source of light for many, many centuries.
Oil Lamp’s Adjustable and Steady Flame
One of my favorite aspects of my oil lamp is that I’m able to control flame. There’s a nob built into most oil lamps today that you can turn which allows you to increase or decrease the wick exposure. This allows you to control the size of the flame and therefore the amount of light output from the lamp, essentially giving you control to adjust the brightness or dimness which allows you to optimize the rooms ambiance. This is truly an outstanding feature that just isn’t available to you with candles. If you’re in the market for an oil lamp you should consider getting one with this capability.
Additionally, unlike a candle’s flame which tends to dance and flicker on occasion (much less so when you properly trim your wicks!), a fluted oil lamp’s flame is as steady and still as a rabbit who’s trying not to be seen. It’s like a really bad neighbor that just won’t move (sorry about that one… that was terrible lol). But seriously, if you’ve never owned an oil lamp you wouldn’t believe how motionless the flame is. This allows it to give off an even light at all times and since they burn so efficiently without flickering there is virtually no sooting that occurs while burning.
Handy Tool if the Power Goes Out
Oil lamps are ideal for when the power goes out. They are capable of giving off a much brighter light than candles alone which is ideal during power outages. The oil for lamps is inexpensive and takes up little storage space so you can keep it handy in case the power is out for a long period of time. They even make special hurricane lanterns which are capable of burning oil or kerosene.
I’d love to know your thoughts. Do you think oil lamps are super sweet? Do you prefer candles over oil lamps? Feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below! Happy burning, oil lamp champs!