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A number of ways existed to light your period home, of which candles were probably the least used.  Unfortunately few [[recreationist]]s investigate and recreate these.  Choice of lighting source depended upon price, activity and smell from burning the light.
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A number of ways existed to light your period home, of which [[candle]]s were probably the least used.  Unfortunately few [[recreationist]]s investigate and recreate these.  Choice of lighting source depended upon price, activity and smell from burning the light.
  
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==Lighting Methods==
 
Main period lighting sources:
 
Main period lighting sources:
 
*[[rushlights]] - used by the poor because they were cheap
 
*[[rushlights]] - used by the poor because they were cheap
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*[[fires]] - added general illumination to the room, so only lamps or candles were required in specific spots (eg to eat, sew or cook)
 
*[[fires]] - added general illumination to the room, so only lamps or candles were required in specific spots (eg to eat, sew or cook)
  
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==Lighting an SCA Feast==
 
How to light a feast with materials from modern shops:
 
How to light a feast with materials from modern shops:
 
*[[modern candles]] for period feasts
 
*[[modern candles]] for period feasts
 
*constructing a oil lamp from modern materials- [[making oil lamps]]
 
*constructing a oil lamp from modern materials- [[making oil lamps]]

Revision as of 22:31, 21 May 2006

A number of ways existed to light your period home, of which candles were probably the least used. Unfortunately few recreationists investigate and recreate these. Choice of lighting source depended upon price, activity and smell from burning the light.

Lighting Methods

Main period lighting sources:

  • rushlights - used by the poor because they were cheap
  • oil lamps - used by everyone because they were economical and good
  • candles - used mainly by the church and in late period, less prefered than oil lamps
  • tapers - used to light oil lamps and candles
  • fires - added general illumination to the room, so only lamps or candles were required in specific spots (eg to eat, sew or cook)

Lighting an SCA Feast

How to light a feast with materials from modern shops: