In many photos of impressive Lararia I see traditional oil lamps. I have used a combination of candles and oil lamps for many years.
What is more authentic to antiquity? Candles or lamps?
We know Romans had candles, they invented the modern wicked candle in the 500s BCE. We also know that oil lamps were used for everyday lighting over candles. This is assumed to be due to candles being considerably more expensive than olive oil. Yet during Saturnalia candles were common gifts. So what was used at the Lararium or temples in antiquity? Candles or oil lamps? What is best to use today?
Personally I am learning towards candles at the lararium. The more expensive candle, such as a high quality bees wax candle seems more appropriate than the messy and cheap oil. I would be curious to learn about your practice.