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I am thinking of going old school this year with pumpkins, cornstalks, scarecrows and of course lighting. I am on the lookout for the best luminara candles in the marketplace that best replicates the real flame flicker and was hoping to get some feedback. One with a timer would be preferred because having to turn on lights to 25 plus pumpkins each night would be a pain.
 

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We do 125+ these days. But I have kids slave labor for the turning off and only run 2 nights.

That said, I don't use flicker candles specifically because we have some epileptic kids that come to our house specifically because I make sure we're safe.

Given those caveats, I use the non-flicker variety from 100 candles, so I assume the flicker would be good as well.

https://www.100candles.com/battery_candles.htm

They do sell some timer ones as well.

https://www.100candles.com/t/Battery-Candles/Timer
 

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I created a new entry for my haunt a couple of seasons ago and was also in search of the most realistic flicker candle. I went with Luminara taper candle as they were by far the most realistic I could find, have a timer, and a remote. The downside is they are pricy. If you search Ebay, there are often listings for multi packs and they'll run about $12-15 each. Search YouTube for candle reviews and you'll see plenty. It seems in the last 2 years many copy cat candles have been introduced to compete with the Luminara.

Not too long ago a member of this site posted an led candle I had never seen. Rather than having a moving part for the flicker effect, it appeared to be a plastic flame shaped body that an led would light up in different areas inside to give the flickering effect. It was similar to the common cheap flicker tea lights but looked many times more realistic. I can't remember the brand, but they were worth looking at.
 

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Not sure if they will carry them this year but Tuesday Morning stores (they have them in Virginia) in the past in my area have had the moving flame candles for a pretty good price, made by Boston Warehouse under a few different names, most recently under "illuminaires" or sometimes "radiant". I've bought everything from tapers to pillar moving flame candles there. Haven't been into a nearby store for a while but with summer lanterns popular outside it's entirely possible they might be in the stores now.

Here's an post from 2014 I made of them to show you what they look like:
http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/140229-electric-candles-used-disney-universal-simulate-real-flame-moving-part-4.html#post1721438

In 2016 bought a few under the "radiant" brand name (photo Post #2):
http://www.halloweenforum.com/general-halloween/147703-tuesday-morning-stores-2016-halloween.html#post1854296

Here's what the TM tapers and pillars looked like in a candelabra I had:
http://www.halloweenforum.com/general-halloween/141426-2015-halloween-home-goods-tjmaxx-marshalls-canadian-counterparts-3.html#post1743881


One year a few of us found some Luminara brand ones at a Marshalls but given the limited quantities of a product they get in there that's not a very reliable place to find them.


If you don't want to incur the cost of the moving flame version of candles, perhaps you can buy the 6-inch emergency LED candles that Dollar Tree has and turn them into flicker candles like in this tutorial by Joven76. I think the 6-inch can work well in pumpkins because of the shorter size.
http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/141191-dollar-tree-led-candle-mod.html#post1738782
 

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Another is idea is flicker bulbs, put into sockets at home depot, and then plugged into a timer. http://www.halloweenforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=209762&d=1408571050 I bought these at Big Lots during Fall.
We used the smaller flicker bulbs in our chandeliers to give them the "flame" look. Obviously, they weren't as nice as real candles, but were safer to use around all the cheesecloth and webbing we had on them. In context with the rest of the room decor, I don't think they detracted much. The picture makes it look like a solid light, but in person they were flickering really well. I recently built a candelabra from a chandelier and floor lamp and we'll probably use these types of bulbs in it.

spider-room-chandelier.jpg
 
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