Hurricane candle holders get their name from their ability to shield a candle flame from all but the stiffest passing breeze. It is thought that perhaps they originated in India, during the time when it was ruled by Britain. The "candle shades" as they were called were tall glass cylinders in which a candle or a coconut lamp could be placed. This was during the 18th century.
Paraffin was less expensive than oil, therefore it became customary to put a chimney on a paraffin lamp. Natural oils were even less expensive. In 1780, Francois-Pierre Aime Argand invented a lamp with a glass chimney and a control knob to adjust the wick. The design caught on and was even translated into the classic lantern often depicted as hanging from the rafters of a ship. The adjustable knob that helped control the wick as it drew up the oil, and the glass that surrounded it helped to allow the protected light to ride out even the most wicked storms. Modern versions of these lamps are still used today as camping or survival lanterns.
Candles and Hurricane Lamp Shades
As it has become less necessary to have a hurricane lantern or lamp to light your home, candles placed within protective glass tubes or bulbs have again become popular. Candles are a little easier to store for “just in case” than lamp oil and are a little more attractive as well as usually having a better scent. But candles do tend to drip and their flame can flutter in the slightest breeze, so it is still handy to have them shielded from drafts. Therefore, hurricane candle lamps are again popular. More than that, decorative hurricane candle lamps can be an attractive part of your décor even when not needed as emergency lights. Some of them can even look as if the candle flame is floating independently above the table, while others resemble some of the fancy lamps that were introduced around the time of Queen Victoria. Hurricane candle lamps partake of some of that fanciness and introduce some kinds of ornamentation only possible with today’s technology. Here are ten examples of hurricane candle lamps for you to look at and enjoy. They are both decorative and useful. While electricity is usually reliable these days, you never know when you might need an independently powered light. It doesn’t hurt for it to be beautiful as well as useful.