Since I first wrote about effusion lamps a few weeks ago I've received many emails from readers that have questions. I hope to post a few of them here and answer all of them for you.
I just placed an order with brambleberry.com for new scents that I'm going to try out. I'll post the results in a few weeks.
I ordered the following:
Grass stain, Pearberry, Herbal Essence (which I had bought already and loved),Gardenia, Cold water (a men's fragrance), Almond biscotti, buttercream- snickerdoodle and cucumber melon.
Here are some of the questions you had:
- how long can I soak my wick for? If I'm not using my lamp do I have to take the wick out within 24 hours? I have kept my wicks soaking for weeks without use. Keep them in an airtight container.
- Can I use 99% isopropyl alcohol instead of 91%. Yes you can, just don't use less than 91%.
- What are the best wicks to use? I have had the best luck with Lampe Berger wicks. They start around $6.95 and run up. Don't pay over $10.00 or you are getting ripped off. I find them on Ebay and buy a few at a time.
- How large of an area do they scent? I have mine located on the main floor in the kitchen. I can smell that lamp from the upstairs of my house. It does a great job scenting the entire house.
- What if the scent I have mixed up is too strong? Just dilute it with more alcohol.
Again, I would like to advise anyone using the effusion lamps always to use caution while they are lit. Remember, they contain alcohol which is very flammable. I always light my effusion lamp on a stable surface near to the kitchen sink. Once the flame is out the lamp is considered safe enough to leave alone.
I light mine in the morning and leave during the day while it sits unattended. It's never been a problem.
I would also like to mention that many of these beautiful and sometimes expensive lamps come with lousy wicks. My husband bought me a beautiful lamp for Christmas and the wick lasted less than a week. I good wick always has a small hole in the middle. Buy the lamp because you love it, don't worry about the wick, just replace it with a good quality one.
You can spend anywhere between $20.00 to over $100.00 for an effusion lamp. Most are very affordable. http://www.courtneyscandles.com/ has a large selection of affordable lamps. I have ordered from them before and been satisfied with the quality lamp I received.
Please email me if you have any questions or problems at firstname.lastname@example.org
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