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If one is lighting Chanukkah candles inside (for whatever reason) relying on the publicization to himself and his family, then what should he do on Friday night if he is eating out? Must he make the candles long enough to see for half an hour when he comes back, or is half an hour after nightfall enough?

In terms of shabbat candles, I was always told to either light at the host or light long enough candles to see when I return. Is this halacha parallel?

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I would just advise lighting where you eat for reasons of safety. –  Seth J Dec 19 '11 at 19:48
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@SethJ But it's not my house! Do I even fulfil any obligation by lighting there? –  Double AA Dec 19 '11 at 20:04
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@SethJ, is an unattended m'nora less safe than one in a house with children? –  msh210 Dec 19 '11 at 20:21
    
@msh210 I would think so. They both certainly pose their dangers, but dangers in a home with adults present and alert can be mitigated. –  Seth J Dec 19 '11 at 20:57
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@DoubleAA | Practical answer: If possible, go home after davening, and hang out with the candles for a few minutes before going out to eat. –  Shmuel Dec 20 '11 at 2:40

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