Mass Market. We were early adopters of Candela — the LED "candles" that hit design shops in 2002. Yesterday's The New York Times Magazine looked at the brief history and evolution of the Candela in Light Switch...
We read with interest how the innovators of Candela — the Boston-based design firm Vessel — expanded into the child-centric Candeloo (recently re-named Tooli) and the barbeque-friendly Luau. Expect to see a lot more of the various Candela products as they were recently purchased by Oxo, who now manufactures and more aggressively distributes the growing line.
As an early adapter, we also had some problems with our intial Candela purchase (and we know a lot of ATers did too) — fortunately we understand that these problems have since been addressed. As the product evolved, the technology improved and we imagine that Oxo has helped. The lamps now have a much longer-lasting charge (8 hours) and a 3-year warranty. Our problem was that our rechargeable batteries eventually died completely. Now, Vessel and Oxo sell the various parts to repair malfunctioning lamps.