Candle stick holders, like this one made of enamelled metal, were often used on bedside tables as they were easy to light and extinguish. The handle enabled them to be carried easily from room to room. Except in the kitchen, power points were uncommon in older houses until the 1950s. Bedrooms were lit by ceiling lights controlled by switches near the door. It was convenient to have a candle near the bed if you had to get up in the night.