Restaurants Can Save Thousands this Year by Switching to Smart Candles Now

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LED powered candles can save thousands of dollars over using votive candles or lanterns for centerpieces. Online retailer Smart Candle offers a new calculator on their website to let restaurateurs determine how much they stand to save.

Cutting costs without sacrificing quality is a constant pressure for anyone who owns or operates a restaurant. Ideally, the best way to save money is to find items that are not related to the food quality that can be cut from the budget. Often these are “front of house” expenses, like décor items. But there is a difficult balance that must be struck. While non-essential décor gives the restaurant ambiance and atmosphere. If front of house cutbacks are taken too far, they can mean a less pleasant experience and fewer repeat customers in the end. The key to cutbacks is to find cost effective ways to provide the same feel customers have grown to love.

One easy way for restaurants to save potentially thousands of dollars is to stop using traditional votive candles as centerpieces on tables and use flameless candles instead. Flameless candles are battery powered and use light emitting diode (LED) technology to give the look of being lit. LED flameless candles from Smartcandle.com can be powered by batteries or recharged by plugging them in every month. These candles offer the same ambiance that traditional candles would, but last much longer.

For example, even a small restaurant with ten tables can save in excess of three thousand dollars each year by switching from small tealight candles to smart candles. Wax tealights are expected to last around 5 hours, while Smart Candles can last more than 10,000. New for 2013, Smart Candle now offers a savings estimator via their website, which allows clients to see exactly how much they can save by switching to flameless candles.

In addition to LED flameless candles, Smart Candle also offers related products, like candle holders and battery powered accent lighting. Many of the company’s candles are available with timer settings and remotes to make them even easier to operate. The company even offers a free trial of their rechargeable flameless candle system so restaurant owners can test its usefulness for themselves. More information about this free trial can be found via the Smart Candle website, or by contacting Smart Candle's customer support team.

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