There is a family of 6. For some reason, the mother has been lighting 8 Shabbos candles. She would like to downsize to 6, corresponding to the members of her family. May she do so? Is a Hatarat Nedarim required?
A woman should not decrease the amount of candles that is used to lighting. If she doesn’t have a choice she would need to be matir neder. The reason for this is because it is a mitzvah and a kavod shabbos to add neiros and light to the house.
Shmiras Shabbos Khilchoso 43-3, in the name of Minchas Shabbos. Maaseh Rav 140, KItzur Shulchan Aruch 75-2.