candle, in weights and measures, unit of luminous intensity; it is defined as 1/60 of the intensity of a blackbody, or ideal radiator, at the temperature at which platinum solidifies (2,046°K). The candle is one of the fundamental units of the International System of Units; its official name is the candela. See photometry.

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