Battle of The Bulbs: 25W and 40W with a Yankee Candle Tart

I love my Scentsy bulb melters. I have bought several and use them throughout my home. Since discovering their melters, I’ve also noticed the ones by ScentSationals and I’ve even purchased one of them. Love them!

All the bulb melters I have purchased come with a 25W light bulb. I decided long ago to change these out to 40W light bulbs. Although there are a number of different reasons to stick with the 25W light bulb, the 40W bulbs work better for me and my melting habits. I get a larger scent throw faster and I can melt just about any type of wax easily with the 40W light bulbs.

Here’s a pictorial of the fate of two Yankee Candle wax tart melts. First up, Honeydew Melon with a 25W bulb.

Yankee Candle tart in bulb melter with 25W light bulb.

Yankee Candle tart in bulb melter with 25W light bulb.

30 minutes later the wax is starting to melt and appears gel-like.

30 minutes later the wax is starting to melt and appears gel-like.

One hour later, there is little melting progress. Scent throw is mild.

One hour later, there is little melting progress. Scent throw is mild.

Two hours in I start to see some deformity of the wax melt shape. Scent throw is picking up.

Two hours in I start to see some deformity of the wax melt shape. Scent throw is picking up.

Even after three hours, the Yankee Candle tart was not fully melted.

Even after three hours, the Yankee Candle tart was not fully melted.

I ended up turning the melter off after 3 hours and changing out to a 40W bulb to finish melting this tart. Now for Fresh Comfort with a 40W bulb melter:

Fresh Comfort Yankee Candle wax melt with 40W bulb in the melter.

Fresh Comfort Yankee Candle wax melt with 40W bulb in the melter.

Fifteen minutes in and the wax is starting to melt. It has that gel like appearance and the scent throw is developing well.

Fifteen minutes in and the wax is starting to melt. It has that gel like appearance and the scent throw is developing well.

It takes about 30 minutes to notice the deformity of the wax melt shape. The rest of the wax pool is liquid, no gel consistency.

It takes about 30 minutes to notice the deformity of the wax melt shape. The rest of the wax pool is liquid, no gel consistency.

One hour in, the Yankee Candle tart has fully melted and the scent throw is fabulous.

One hour in, the Yankee Candle tart has fully melted and the scent throw is fabulous.

 

So there you have it. I will do another pictorial at a later date with other types of wax for comparison.

Do you use bulb melters? Which bulbs do you use?

Happy candle burning ~

Andrea

 

 

 ***Disclaimer – Candlescoop does not in any way promote or endorse changing the bulb wattage on electric melters… this was a personal choice Andrea made and was posting her results. Should you give this a try, you will do so at your own risk and understanding that manufacturers of these melters do not recommend doing so.***

 

Author: Andrea

Andrea is the voice behind Candle Scoop. She is a long-standing member of Candlefind and loves all things scented. While she enjoys scents across the spectrum, she is a die-hard bakery and fresh-scent fan. She enjoys rooting out bargains and candle discounts, but she won't hesitate to pamper herself with a luxury brand. When not writing or talking about candles, she enjoys spectator sports and playing with her pups. Andrea would love to hear from you, so don't hesitate to contact!

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  1. I have also heard people say that their 20 W bulbs are too weak – I think I’m going to purchase a non-bulb electric and see how that fares.

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    • That’s what I’ve found, Gil. I think my softer (soy) wax melts well with the lower wattage bulb, but I just use 40W bulbs all the time. Certainly works for me!

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  2. I have about 4 large size Scentsy 25 watt light bulb melters, 2 mid size Scentsy melters and 2 plug in Scentsy melters. I also have one Candle Warmers large 25 watt light bulb melter and one Candle Warmers electric plug in melter.
    I have tried to melt YC tarts in all of the 25 watt melters and have had no success just like you Andrea. All they really do is “glob”. That is why I purchased the electric plug in 40 watt melter and can melt anything! It is my very favorite melter I own.

    In your post you mention you have a 40 watt light bulb melter. Can I ask who makes it and where can you buy it? I have only heard of 40 watt electric melters but not the bulb kind.

    Great post!!

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    • Thanks, Yolanda. I have a couple of electric plug-in melters, too. Love them!

      I should have specified in the above post – I have not found a 40 watt light bulb melter. I have only found the bulb melters with 25 watt bulbs included. I keep a stash of 40 watt bulbs around and just get rid of the lower watt bulbs.

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  3. How do you take the bulb out to replace it.Do you just pull it or twist it thanks Maureen

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  4. I’ve heard changing out the bulb to a 40w can make the lightbulb explode and cause fires. Is their true for anyone that has switched theirs?

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  5. When I use a bulb that’s higher watts than called for the wax melts faster but it also smokes! The wax and smell is very strong but doesn’t last very long either..

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