Let’s Talk about LED Lights

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May 10, 2017

Given their versatility, it’s no surprise that LED candles continue to have a significant role in the world of event lighting. So why are event pros taking to this option? And how do they play into this year’s trends?

Environmentally conscious

One of the biggest reasons that LED products have rocketed to popularity is that they are eco-friendly, which is becoming a top priority for event professionals and clients alike. They are reusable and produce no waste, and some are even rechargeable. In a market that is increasingly aware of green products and sustainable practices, they are a great décor answer for a responsible consumer.

Infinity Events employed floating luminaries in its Soka University of America 12th Annual Celebration of Peace Gala


LED candles are also long-lasting, making them highly practical for special events. Clients are relieved to know that their four to five hour events are easily covered by today’s pillar candles, tea lights, floating candles, and submersible accent lights. Many are choosing LED products knowing that they are reliable and will look just right no matter what time the party ends.

“Instead of forgoing the look clients desire, designers can now substitute LED technology for wax candles and fulfill a vision without compromise.”

Flameless candles from Sterno at Catersource's Monday Night Party added another layer of warmth to the s'mores bar

Flameless Sterno pillars set inside colorful vessels at the Catersource Monday Night Party, Tour de Lis

Compliant with venue and safety rules

Many venues have strict fire regulations that prohibit the use of open flame, which can be extremely limiting when the vision for an event includes chandeliers with tapers or generous collections of candles on various surfaces. Fortunately, LED candles have become very realistic-looking and have flames that appear to naturally flicker. Instead of forgoing the look clients desire, designers can now substitute LED technology for wax candles and fulfill a vision without compromise. Venues appreciate the reduced risk and increased safety, and clients appreciate the overall reduction of liability.

LED luminaries in eye-catching shapes from LeoLight lit a path to the outdoor portion of Tour de Lis, Catersource's Monday Night Party


Designers love LED candles because they can be used for multiple events with little labor investment. They can be stored easily and are affordably priced to begin with. Multiple uses make them the clear choice for saving money without sacrificing quality.


available in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes, only the limits of one’s imagination can restrict the options for using LED candles in event design. Floating candles can be safely set adrift indoors or out and even submersible varieties shining through clear containers completely transform floral design. Bold colors won’t threaten to drip wax on rental tablecloths, so you can design around vibrant pillar candles and tapers of all hues without fear!

LED lights for 2017

Lighting in all forms to continue to grow in popularity. Creative design will take center stage, with additional emphasis on the vertical space above tablescapes. Expect string lights to play a pivotal role in this look. Additionally, LED lights will serve as a complement to the whimsical and industrial themes particularly catching the eyes of clients and vendors this season.

Versatile, conscientious, and cost-effective, you just need to spend a little time getting to know your options, and your clients will be thrilled by your ability to offer the latest technology in design!


Audrey Isaac is the spokesperson for 100 Candles, a wholesale market for candles and lights. Since 2002, thousands of wedding and event professionals have entrusted 100 Candles with their wholesale candle accounts. For more information, please visit http://www.100candles.com/.

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