Is it improper to light votive candles in front of veiled statues?

Answer: AFFIRMATIVE
Authoritative: SOMEWHAT

During the latter period of Lent, statues are typically veiled, including devotional statues that have votive candles in front of them. Is it proper to light votive candles in front of veiled statues?

Besides the obvious concern about whether or not the candles will light the veils on fire, we could look to "Ceremonies of the Liturgical Year" by Bishop Peter Elliott; in ยง217 he indicates that there should not be votive candles available prior to the Gloria at the Easter Vigil. Effectively, this means no votive candles until after the Easter Vigil Mass. However, Elliot applies this only to the Triduum, but his reasoning seems to be relating to the fact of the statues being veiled, and therefore it seems the same would still be true anytime when the statue is veiled. Thus, the tradition seems to be that votive candles are definitely not supposed to be lit in front of veiled statues during the Triduum, and that the same rationale applies prior to the Triduum but with less authority.