Best Emergency Lights for a Power Outage

Lights for a Power Outage

Light plays an important role on our emotional well being.  When there is no light our minds can get overly active and in a crisis situation darkness can feed our fears.  Lights allow us to prepare meals, read, work, and feel safe when the sun goes down.  Some Hurricane Sandy victims were without power for 13 days.  Hurricane Katrina victims were without power for 23 days.

There are several factors to take into account when determining what emergency light source you prefer:  cost, brightness, safety, length of usefulness, etc.  Every Prepper’s situation is different so the best source of light during a power outage will vary from person to person.  Below is a list of 8 emergency lights to consider when preparing for power outages. (See comparison pictures below after #8)

Lights for a Power Outage

Best Emergency Lights for a Power Outage

1. Kerosene Lamp
Longevity:  approximately 225 hrs for 100 ozs of kerosne oil
Safety:         produces carbon monoxide gas, potential to be knocked over and start a fire
Pros:             about 37 lumens (brightness), adjustable brightness, produces heat
Cons:            odor, co detector &  fire extinguisher needed, keep out of children’s reach

2. Candle (6-Inch Column Unscented Emergency Candle)
Longevity:  55 hours
Safety:      produces carbon monoxide gas, potential to be knocked over and start a fire
Pros:           about 13 lumens (brightness), produces heat
Cons:         co detector & fire extinguisher needed, keep out of children’s reach

3. Landscape Path Light
Longevity:  8 -12 hours, lasts approximately 1 ½ -3 years
Safety:      relatively safe
Pros:           renewable, it’s a very inexpensive source of light
Cons:         2.5 lumens (brightness), requires approx 8 hours of direct sunlight each day

4. Lantern 
Longevity:  12 hours—  —-
Safety:       relatively safe
Pros:          60 lumens (brightness), light weight
Cons:         no renewable power feature

5. Emergency Nightlight/Flashlight 
Longevity:  flashlight on high approximately 2 hours on low approximately 15 hours
Safety:        fire hazard potential (check amazon reviews)
Pros:            automatically turns on when power goes out, adjustable brightness
Cons:           8 lumens (brightness), easy to break, keep out of children’s reach,
—  —   ——   – main source of power is electricity unless you stock up on unique battery

6. LED Mini 3-AAA Flashlight
Longevity: over 144 hours/ 6 days (used new Rayovac batteries)
Safety:       relatively safe
Pros:           about 30 lumens (brightness), compact, light-weight, weather resistant
Cons:          sensitive on/off switch which can drain battery power

7. Head-lamp (updated model)
Longevity: approximately 28 hours
Safety:         relatively safe
Pros:            70 lumens (brightness), compact, hands-free, adjustable brightness
Cons:           you may look a little funny, blinds others when you face them

8. Luci Solar Lantern (my favorite)
Longevity: approximately 6 – 7.5 hours on the highest setting
Safety:         relatively safe
Pros:            up to 65 lumens, renewable, charge indicator, water resistant,
—- — — —  adjustable brightness, compact, versatile
Cons:           needs to charge in sunlight 6 – 8 hours

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Lights for a Power Outage

Originally posted in April of 2014

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