When to use Tea-light Candles vs Votive Candles

Do you know the difference between Tea-light candles & votive candles.

Tea-light candle:

A tea-light candle is actually a smaller candle option. It comes in it's very own contained cup. You can get tea lights in either an aluminum cup or a clear cup.

A votive candle is a little bit bigger of a candle option. The difference here is that a votive candle will completely liquidfy itself and it's little bigger than a tea-light. It does not have a contained cup. So this candle does need to be place in it’s own container.

Burn Time:

Burn time on Tea light candles can be anywhere from 3-5hours. This is important bases on what you need them for. You might just be having some friends over for dinner they might be there around 3 to 5 hours. This candles is a great option.

 A votive candle will burn 10 full hours in its holder, so this candle is really used more for weddings or corporate events so it’s going to last a really long time.

Clean up:

 When it comes to clean up tea light candles is much easier. Once your party is over you just toss it in the garbage and you're all done. Clean up is finished!

Your votive candle on the other hand might have a little wax left in it's container. And if your looking to reuse the holders then you might need to do some work. But don't you worry we have a quick fix......All you have to do is pop the holder in the freezer and the wax will contract and pop right out of the holder. Just give it a good clean up and you're all set for the next candle.


The cost of tea light candles can be as low as $0.08 a piece in the little aluminum cup or about $0.25 a piece with a clear cup.

Your votive candle if you already have your holder can be as low as $0.17 a piece. But if you need your holder and your candle you can get that combination for as low as $0.56 a piece.

 I'm sure we all love candle glow! who doesn’t .....Both of these candles have a beautiful glow when lit and the appearance can be just what you want it to be depending on your setting. So really at the end of the day both these candles can create a beautiful!…beautiful! beautiful appearance for your need.

So what are your needs?

Is it burn time? Is it the cost? Is it how easy it’s going to be to clean up after a long day? or long event? Or simply how beautiful it's going to look! So take both of these options think about it and create your very own AMAZING candlight


Julia Feliciano

Date 3/26/2021

Your tip on how to get used wax out of my candle holder is very helpful. I'm gonna try this as I have so much beautiful holder that I'll like to reuse.

Milliennium Candles

Date 3/26/2021 9:52:51 AM

Would love to hear from you after you've tried it. Please keep us updated

Mitzy Miller

Date 3/26/2021

Another tip that you can use to get your wax out of your candle holder is add a droplet of water at the bottom of the holder before placing your votive inside. when you're votive is finish burning the reminding wax will pop right out of the holder.... and Wallah! your holder is clean and ready for use again

Jen Laporte

Date 3/26/2021

We use these candles all the time for oil warmers and alter. They stay lit for several hours I guess it depends on the size of the tea-light.

Courtney Soares

Date 3/26/2021

Personally Iove these kind of article about candles and especially this ones! Votive Candles are my preferred option.They are really long lasting and they help you to create such a nice atmosphere!

Jason Carlin

Date 3/26/2021

I also like tea lights! It's great when you want a nice soft candle light. They light easily and the aluminum holder catches all of the wax. I agree clean up is easier

Carolina Pierre

Date 3/26/2021

I'm an event planner and I do like using Tea-lights for my dinner parties since it's usually a shorter event. They are a nice low-cost addition to décor overall. The soft glow do enhance the ambiance of the space.

Marie Scott

Date 3/27/2021

Who knew there were so much to lean about Candles! Found this blog to very informative. I appreciate the content

Samantha Ibotta

Date 3/27/2021

I love Candles! And I also like the tip of freezing the leftover wax. But you can also use a hair blow dryer and melt your leftover wax.

Borgia John

Date 3/27/2021

Thanks for clearing up the difference between Votives and Tealights. Because of my busy lifestyle I preferred to use Tealight Candles over larger candles. It gives me just enough time to meditate and manifest my intention.

khali Esposito

Date 3/29/2021

Your right, " I'm sure we all love candle glow! who doesn’t" candles have always been a favorite of minds. its just something about warm glow of candle light that relaxes me and set the mood. Jar candles are my go to option but Im also in for votives as well.

Anthony Garcia

Date 4/1/2021

Candlelight is important! So choosing the right candle is also important. Candlelight let us feel , like the most attractive version of ourselves.

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