Which is correct, "He lighted up the candles", or "He lit up the candles"?

What is the difference between, "He pulled at the rope" and "He pulled the rope"?
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He lit up the candle

Some further examples you might encounter:

light - as a noun – an emitted brightness, such as a lamp or a bulb

light - as a verb -- to ignite (as to light a match or a cigarette, or to brighten)

light – as an adjective – either weight (not heavy) or colour (pale or not dark)

alight – as a verb – to land gently (as a bird alights on a branch)

alight – as an adjective – the condition of a cigarette while it is burning (it is alight)

lit – as a verb – past tense of light (he lit a candle – ignited it)

lit – as an adjective – there is a lit candle on the table (the candle is burning)

lit – also an adjective – the room is lit (it is illuminated by a light source)

light up – expression – put a lighted match to a cigarette

light up my life – expression – (you make me feel better)

lit up – expression – past tense of light up

lighten – verb – to make something lighter (either weight or colour)

lighten up – expression – (become more relaxed)

lighter – noun – a device that ignites (a cigarette lighter)

lighter – adjective – comparison (one thing weighs less than the other)

light-hearted – adjective – cheerful or not serious (as in one’s attitude)

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