The development of the candle bridge light set started with the Scandinavian tradition, that goes back many years, of lighting and burning candles at Christmas. The issue was that due to this, the number of house fire related accidents around the festive period at the time was rising.
The development of the electric candle bridge came about in the 1940’s in Sweden by the indoor and outdoor lighting manufacturer Konstsmide, as a safe alternative to real wax candles. Once introduced, the decline of real flames burning in the traditional Swedish wooden homes had a drastic reduction of house fires, and the emergence of the designs today.
Due to this, the meaning of the candle bridge is symbolic and has become a tradition in many households. Konstsmide are the oldest electric candlestick manufacturers and supply high quality manufactured mains powered welcome lights.
A candle bridge is essentially a tiered arrangement of seven electric candles that are set into a wooden or metal A-shaped stand. They are often positioned in a window to offer an inviting and atmospheric light at Christmas.
More recently, these lights have been styled to be used indoors on a window sill, table or mantel piece. They feature modern lacquered wood arch designs, moving away from the traditional A framed styles and often include contemporary décor colours. All Konstsmide wooden designs have candle shaped light bulbs which all have realistic flame shaped LEDs that are very economical to run.
Metal brushed stainless steel candle bridges have a very striking style and are perfect if used as a centre piece candle stick on a dining table as they come with 12 or even 16 fine candles lit with fine led pin bulbs.
Another popular decoration for Christmas lighting is the Konstsmide village welcome light. This is a winter village scene made from wood, that is decorated with the traditional candle bulbs. The Christmas scene has extra illumination to create a magical effect. These are often placed on sideboards or windows to add a warm welcome to passers-by.