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Real-flame smart candle requires no matches — just your smartphone and an app

It’s been over 3 million years since we first tamed fire, but that doesn’t mean we’re done innovating with it. Far from it, in fact, as we’ve now found a brand new way to control those flames. Meet the LuDela, branded as the world’s “smartest and safest real-flame candle,” one that can be lit and controlled by a smartphone, eliminating the need for matches. Stone Age, meet digital age.

On September 20, LuDela introduced a new kind of candle — one that features “unprecedented Wi-Fire technology” that can be “lit, extinguished, and controlled” by nothing more than an app. This candle, the LuDela team claims, “addresses safety and aesthetic concerns that candle burners have faced for centuries, resulting in “a safer, more convenient, and hassle-free approach to burning candles that delivers increased peace of mind and enjoyment to users.”

While the candle wax featured in a LuDela candle is the wax traditional candle burners prefer, there are no traditional wicks in this candle to speak of. Rather, there’s an “Everbrite Flame” that keeps this particular source of light burning bright.

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“There’s nothing quite like the glow, smell, and ambience of candles, but with it comes the fire risk, wax mess, hassles with wicks, and the time it takes to light and extinguish multiple candles,” said Jamie Bianchini, co-founder & CEO, LuDela. “LuDela addresses these issues with a smart candle that delivers the convenience and increased safety benefits of LED candles, but with the magic and fascination of a real flame. Combined with our social mission, LuDela delivers better light and better lives around the world.”

Thanks to this candle’s Wi-Fire control system, you can set a timer on how long you want the candle to burn, tap to extinguish it, check out a candle-remaining meter, and even set different scene modes. Moreover, various safety features include the ability to extinguish when the candle has tipped over, a child-lock app, and safety alerts.

Right now, the LuDela smart candle is available for $99 at www.ludela.com, with delivery expected in early 2017. And while this may seem steep for a candle, Bianchini notes, “LuDela literally pays for itself. Within the first year, candle refill savings allow most LuDela users to recoup their $99 investment and begin saving money while continuing to enjoy safer, clean burning, beautifully smelling natural candles that light up their space — and their lives.”