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3 Ways to Light a Candle Without a Lighter

Candlelight can be magical but you might not always have a lighter handy. How do you light a candle without a lighter? Here are three ways to get your candle lit easily even when you find yourself without a lighter.

The Traditional Way—Using Matches to Light a Candle

Since the first candle match was made in 1836, striking a match has historically been how to light a candle without a lighter. However, those trusty little books of matches that were once so commonplace in restaurants are slowly becoming a thing of the past. 

It’s still possible to find matchbooks—often free of charge—in convenience stores or some gas stations. It’s always handy to have matches around, especially when there’s a power outage and you need to light a candle for warmth and visibility. So, if you find spare books of matches, take a few—it could come in handy when you need to light a candle without a lighter.

Lighting a Candle Using a Kitchen Appliance—and Spaghetti!

This method of lighting a candle might sound a bit odd but it does work! You’ll need to turn on a kitchen appliance with a heating element, either a toaster, stove burner, or oven. As it gets hotter and the heating element turns red, take one long piece of dry spaghetti and carefully place it on the heating element until the spaghetti starts to flame (this usually happens quickly). The dry spaghetti works like a long matchstick to light your candle. (This also can work in place of a long match stick). 

Lighting a Candle with a Magnifying Glass

A popular science experiment, this method is tried and true. Grab a magnifying glass, a piece of paper, and head outside. Using the magnifying glass, focus the sunlight onto the paper. Once you get the angle right, you should see a bright spot on the paper, which will slowly heat up and catch fire. 

You can then use the flame to light your candle. Be careful so you don't burn yourself, and always put out the fire right away. 


    Hopefully we’ve sparked your adventure by candlelight with these helpful tips on how to light a candle without a lighter.

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