Hanging metal tea light inserts

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Hanging metal tea light inserts
Tea lights add ambiance and fragrance to your home. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Metal tea lights are small candles that are used as inserts in a wide variety of outdoor garden lanterns or for indoor ambiance lighting. They are popular because of their versatility and beauty. You can find lanterns to match almost any kind of outdoor decor. The lanterns contain slots into which you fit the metal tea light inserts. You hang the lantern from a secure hook in your desired area and light the candle. The tea light will provide a soft, diffuse light over a small area. Tea lights are open flames, so you will need to take precautions when hanging to prevent a fire hazard.

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Things you need

  • Metal hook
  • Lantern
  • Metal tea light inserts
  • Matches or candle lighter

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    Hanging the lantern

  1. 1

    Check to make sure that the surface to which you will be hanging the hook is heat-resistant.

  2. 2

    Secure the metal hook to the surface from which you plan to hang the lantern. Ensure that it and the surface to which you have attached it are capable of bearing the weight of the lantern, the tea lights and anything else that you plan to place on the surface.

  3. 3

    Hang the unlit lantern and any other items that will be sharing the surface before proceeding.

  4. 4

    Insert the unlit metal tea light insert into the lantern's cup holder. Check to make sure that it fits securely.

  5. 5

    Light the tea light candle.

Tips and warnings

  • Carefully read the manufacturer's instructions for the lantern before inserting the tea lights. Follow the instructions to prevent the risk of a fire hazard.
  • Do not burn your tea lights near any flammable surface or close to any voloatile household chemicals.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher close at hand and ensure that you have a safe means of extinguishing the candle, such as a damp cloth, damp sand or a jug of water.
  • Maintain an adequate spacing between multiple tea lights.
  • Some tea light candles are scented, adding aromatherapy benefits as well as lighting, which can greatly enhance the atmosphere of your decor.
  • Exercise caution when using the tea lights at all times, as careless use or disposal can result in fire.
  • Do not use the lantern in windy weather conditions.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit tea lights.

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