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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Hadlakas Neiros With Electric Lights

The Gemara says that we light candles for Shabbos for "Shalom Bayis". There should be light to eat and move around the house comfortably. It is considered "Oneg Shabbos". All poskim agree it is preferable to have a light source designated specially for Shabbos with a flame. Most poskim hold that in the absence of candles or oil one may rely on electric lights and many even hold that you can make a bracha. Even a flashlight is acceptable "Bshas Had'chak". When lighting Hadlakas Neiros with electric you should turn off the lights and then turn them back on and them make the bracha. Others say (Be'er Moshe) that although using electric lights is better than nothing you cannot make a bracha since you need to light a flame.

It follows, says Rav Binyomin Zilber (Az Nidbiru 1:79), that since all the lights in the house can be L'Kavod Shabbos a woman should shut and then open the lights in the house before lighting her candles and then have in mind during the bracha that it goes on all the lights. (Piskei Tshuvos 264:2)

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