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standard candle

a unit of luminous intensity; the candela: not in scientific usage because of possible confusion with a former unit (international candle) See also candela, international candle
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  • A standard candle when burning vitiates the air in a room almost as much as an adult person.

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  • A standard candle may be considered to emit an amount of light approximately equal to 10 lumens.

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