Long ago, paper bag luminaries really helped spark luminary useage in America. People put sand in the bottom of paper bags they acquired from a market and used candles for the light source. The look is very informal, but attractive in it's simplicity. From experience, people have learned that paper luminaries create a definite risk of fire. Even when the candles are inserted carefully in the paper bags, a slight breeze can carry a flame over to the paper, or can bring the paper over to the flame. Anytime fire is involved, fire prevention should be a major concern, and the use of paper in such close proximity to fire will always pose a risk. A spin-off from paper luminaries are the aerial luminaries (known as "sky lanterns") and their obvious risk to setting fires has created legislative bans in many States and more States are sure to follow.
FLIC luminaries are built of rigid, polymer plastic. Our luminaries have a formal, "dressed up" appearance especially when compared to paper bags. Because of the rigid design and plastic construction, our luminaries are considered a much safer selection when comparing to paper bags with fire used as the light source. FLIC Luminaries offers candle light sources but also extends the level of safety by offering non-fire light sources including electric light strings and LED tealights.
Perhaps the biggest reason to choose FLIC luminaries over paper luminaries is the lack of potentially creating a messy situation. Sand-filled paper luminaries and rain/snow storms (or sprinkler systems) simply do not mix! Once the paper gets wet they have lost their structural integrity and you can expect that to be the end of your luminaries and be stuck with the burden of cleaning up piles of sand and paper trash left in their place. Suddenly the cheap price paid for paper luminaries is no longer worth it. They will need to be replaced once they get wet (what is your time and effort worth?), while FLIC luminaries will be used for many years, perhaps beyond a decade of use!
Photo "A": we gently sprayed both luminaries with a garden hose. The paper luminary collapsed from the wetness of the bag. Photo "B": we gripped the sides preparing to lift the paper luminary. Photo "C": we lifted and the sand wasn't going anywhere. Photo "D": a glimpse from the top. Notice the sand neatly stays in the FLIC luminary.
In recent years, several of our competitors have branched into plastic luminaries in hopes of competing with our patented premium luminaries. Typically, their thin plastic luminaries foldup for storage or are constructed of a flimsy plastic material simulating a paper bag construction.
No other luminary on the market is built as well as FLIC Luminaries. Our luminary walls are constructed of 1/8" polyethylene injection-molded plastic and because of their rigid construction, can not be folded or collapsed similar to a paper bag, like many of our competitors' plastic versions of luminaries do.
Our luminaries are engineered to stack inside of each other (nesting) to reduce storage space. And it is advised that you keep your original shipping box and use this box to store your luminares. Our luminaries are not built for just a single use (like most luminaries sold today). Our luminaries are built to last for many years and we exceed all other competitors with our Limited 5-Year Warranty given on our luminaries!
FLIC luminaries stand apart from all other luminaries created in our industry, and we are the industry-leader in residential and commercial luminaries because of our outstanding quality.