Uses For Floating Pool Candles
If you are planning an outdoor party this season, you may have noticed that while swimming pools are great entertainers during daylight hours, they are mostly eyesores and wasted space after dusk, or during formal events. Rather than try to divert your guest’s attention away from the pool, why not transform it into one of the most unique and talked about attractions of the night using floating fool candles? Similar to the dazzling effect floating candles create in floating candle centerpieces, the fire light can dance across the surface of your pool with grace and elegance.
Unlike anything they’ve ever seen, utilizing the pool to create a central focal point will give guests a common conversation starter which will continue long after the party has ended. Best of all, floating pool candles are inexpensive and easy to find.
Types Of Floating Pool Candles
There are a few ways that you can get candles to float on the surface of your pool. The easiest way is to buy pre-made floating pool candles. However, the reality is that there is very difference between the floating candles you would buy for a table centerpiece and those that you would buy to put in your pool. If you don’t feel comfortable placing candles into your pool, you are able purchase floating dishes designed to hold traditional candles safely and away from the water. But, real floating candles just barely surfacing about the water creates an effect that just can’t be matched by LED lights, or buoyant dishes.
There are a few characteristics you want to look for in floating pool candles to ensure they are both beautiful and safe for your guests and your pool.
Style – Floating pool candles come in a variety of styles. You can find them shaped like flowers, animals, shapes, in all kinds of colors, depths, and sizes. The style of floating pool candle you choose is entirely dependant on the theme or color palette of your event. For example, Plumeria floating candles are great for summer time, or Hawaiian luau parties.
Size – When choosing a floating pool candle, the most important characteristic you should be aware of is the size of the candle. It is difficult to judge the size of pictures online, so use the following guideline to determine the number of candles you’ll need. Most floating pool candles are around 2 inches in diameter, which would require over 100 to make an impact in your pool. If you make sure to buy floating candles with a diameter of 5 inches or greater, 25-50 candles should look great.
Burn Time - Another advantage of larger diameter floating pool candles is the longer burn time. Most floating candles have a burn time between 3 and 5 hours, whereas floating pool candles have burn times over 10 hours.
Floating Pool Candles Bonus Tip
Using a needle and fishing line or dental floss, run a 2-4 foot string of line through the base of the floating candle and attach a few slipshot fishing weights to keep the candles from gathering in one corner of the pool. Also turn of the pool filter to keep the surface calm and smooth to create the best possible floating pool candles experience.