I have always loved candles, ever since I was a kid. I keep a supply on hand, and not just to look at. Candle light adds a warm glow to a room. I prefer unscented candles, but the sometimes a pine scent is alright providing it isn't over powering. When Helene and I started seeing each other I was delighted to discover she felt the same way.
Since moving to HomePlace the candles have become much more practical due to our hit and miss electrical service. It isn't that we will lose power every week, or even every month. You can rest assured the power will go down without warning, and with a frenquency we have not encountered anywhere else we've lived. Sometimes for days at a time. So, as a precaution, every evening we light a candle when we first turn on the lights.
This way, rather than fumbling around in the dark trying to remember where the flashlight was used last, we are greeted by a candle's warm glow. Losing power is still annoying, but we skip the initial inconvenient transition back to light. It's a matter of starting the generator and running a cord to a power strip I already have set up for such events.
I know there are systems that come on automatically. That would mean buying a second generator (I use mine all over the property) and an expensive installation.
We'll just light a candle.