As soon as the power goes out, my kids assume that’s it time to party and they immediately enter camping mode. For whatever reason my husband has taught the kids that camping in the living room is the best thing in the world. Before I have time to call the power company and report an outage, the kids have dragged out sleeping bags and constructed a makeshift tent in the middle of the living room floor. Needless to say, I hate it when the power goes off. Not only does a loss of power render your appliances useless, but it also makes your regular routine screech to a halt. Perhaps the most frustrating part of a power outage is the lack of lights. If you live in an area with frequent power outages, make sure that you are prepared by stocking up on these options for emergency lighting.
Flashlights are really the staple for short term power outages. They are small, portable, and produce a relatively good amount of light. The only issue with flashlights is that they all take different types of batteries and they always burn out at the most inopportune time. Still, it’s important to stock up on flashlights and extra batteries. Keep a flashlight in every room of the house so you can quickly grab one if the lights go out.
2. Battery Powered Lanterns
These are very similar to flashlights except for one major difference. Battery powered lanterns really put off a great deal of light. A good lantern will illuminate an entire room. Surprisingly, these lanterns have a good battery life, especially if you only use half power. On the medium light setting, you can expect about 8-10 hours of light from your lantern before you have to change the batteries. Even though battery operated lanterns are a bit pricey, they are a great investment, especially if you like to go camping.
3. Kerosene Lamps
Kerosene lamps and lanterns function much like the battery powered kind, but the light is brighter and they last much, much longer. They also work well to warm your hands. Just remember that kerosene lamps get hot! Make sure you place your kerosene lamps out of reach of small children and in a place where they won’t be knocked over. Avoid close contact to curtains or upholstered furniture to prevent a fire hazard.
These are NOT to be used inside, but if you are outside and there is no power source, flares work well to provide a decent amount of light. They will last for a few minutes and they will produce enough light for you to accomplish a small task.
5. Glow Sticks
My kids love glow sticks and I must admit, they even make me smile during a power outage! I have found that glow sticks work well to create a cool vibe in the house. When the power goes out for a long period of time, the family morale can go down. Glow sticks give a spooky light that the kids love and it actually makes it a little easier to see. While they certainly aren’t the primary lighting choice for a power outage, you should still stock up on glow sticks to lift the mood and provide some kid-friendly lighting.
Fire might be the most obvious source of light, but it is still worth a mention. When the power goes out during cold winter months, building a fire in your fireplace is the perfect solution to provide both a source of light and heat.
Every prepper should have a good supply of candles. They are an optimal lighting source because they require no batteries and they are long lasting and portable. Stock up on large candles and you can place them around the house when the power goes out. Make sure you also have plenty of matches or extra lighters on hand too.
These are just a few of the best lighting options for power outages. What is your favorite way to provide light for your family when the power goes out?