About Tea Lights
A tea light is a candle encased in a thin metal or plastic cup so that the candle can liquefy completely while lit. They are typically small, circular, wider than their height and inexpensive. Because of their small size and low level of light, multiple tealights are often burned simultaneously. Tea lights have been used to warm the tea pots, therefore the name - tea lights. They are also a popular choice as a votive. Tea lights are suitable for accent lighting and for a decorative effect.
Tea lights come in many varieties and generally burn from 3 to 5 hours. Tea lights are very popular for use with candle holders. Tea light holders come in a wide range of styles and shapes and contain an appropriately sized cup in which to insert the tea light candle.
History of Tea Lights
Tea lights were originally used during the traditional Japanese tea ceremony for decoration and to keep the tea warm. They were encased in a special holder designed to keep the melted wax in place. The tea light has an amazing ability to produce heat and light and above all, create an lovely eclectic ambience.
The Japanese tea ceremony developed as a "transformative practice", and began to evolve its own aesthetic, in particular that of "sabis" and "wabis" principles. "Wabi" represents the inner, or spiritual, experiences of human lives. Its original meaning indicated quiet or sober refinement, or subdued taste "characterized by humility, restraint, simplicity, naturalism, profundity, imperfection, and asymmetry" and "emphasizes simple, unadorned objects and architectural space, and celebrates the mellow beauty that time and care impart to materials." "Sabi," on the other hand, represents the outer, or material side of life. Originally, it meant "worn," "weathered," or "decayed."
Particularly among the nobility, understanding emptiness was considered the most effective means to spiritual awakening, while embracing imperfection was honoured as a healthy reminder to cherish our unpolished selves, here and now, just as we are - the first step to "satori" or enlightenment.