Have you ever had the power go out while you were in the room of a large building that didn’t have any windows? If you haven’t, imagine for a moment what it would be like to try and navigate out of that building while experiencing complete and utter darkness, while at the same time not hurting yourself while running into anything. This has happened to me before and I won’t lie, it was rather eerie. You couldn’t see a hand if it was about to smack you in the face. I think bat caves have better lighting than what I experienced that day. Let’s talk about what to use for emergency lighting. In case you missed this post, How To Store Your Food Storage
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What to Use for Emergency Lighting
The same thing could happen to you the next time you’re dealing with a natural disaster or a simple power outage in your home. Maybe you have your own business that needs emergency lighting so that your employees or customers are able to evacuate the building safely. This is why it’s important that you have emergency lighting already set aside for you so that you aren’t fumbling around in the dark. Here’s what to use for your emergency lighting so that you’re prepared after the power has gone out.
One of the most obvious forms of emergency lighting that should be in everyone’s emergency kit is a flashlight, and don’t be afraid to have more than one. It wouldn’t hurt to have one for every room of your house, but some may consider that a bit overkill. Just remember to have plenty of extra batteries on hand. Goal Zero Solar Flashlights are my favorite. If you stock battery-powered Flashlights, don’t forget to stock batteries and rotate them as needed.
Lanterns are something nice to have, not only when you’re camping, but also when you’re needing more illumination than what a flashlight can provide you. No, I’m not suggesting you get the type of lantern that has a real flame, because a fire could take place in your home by accident, besides the smoke the unit puts out. This Wakeman outdoor 3-in-1 lantern would be a great option in your home because it comes not only with a lantern, but a flashlight, and a lighted panel as well. These collapsible camping lanterns are also super bright and seem indestructible.
Rechargeable Flood Lights
Another valuable lighting tool to have would be a rechargeable floodlight, which is great not only for every outdoor activity that you can think of, but also when your vehicle is broken down on the side of the road and you’re needing to see under the hood or to change a tire at night. They’re waterproof and also come with a lower strobe brightness mode that you can use in your home, should you choose to.
When your power is out for a longer period of time, you may want to think about having a portable generator that can not only keep your lights on, but power important appliances like your refrigerator or microwave.
It will give you peace of mind that you’re not losing hundreds of dollars worth of food, and you don’t have to continually rely on a small flashlight to be able to see.
The two downsides I think of when it comes to a generator are, first of all, most homes don’t seem to have them set up prior to a power outage. That means there’s the possibility of being in the dark for a period of time until you have it up and running. The second issue is having to store the fuel to run the generator, and then making sure the fuel stays fresh enough to use when needed.
Battery LED Lights
Battery LED Lights are another great idea that you can already have implemented the next time the power goes out. LED lights do an excellent job lighting up rooms while running on batteries instead of electricity. You can find them pretty cheap at Walmart and they’re very easy to install.
Motion Detector Lights
When you’re still looking for battery operated lighting, you may want to look at battery operated Motion Detector Lights. They won’t look ridiculous in your homes like the emergency lighting that you would find in grocery stores and public buildings. You know which ones I’m talking about.
There are even ones that you can buy which come on the moment that they sense motion in a room. Just remember to change out the batteries every so often so that they work when you need them most.
LED Emergency Spotfire Lights
Maybe you’re looking for lighting that is of higher quality than a cheap one from Walmart, along with a battery that will last you for a much longer period of time? I’ve got the perfect answer. An LED Emergency Spotfire Light will work wonderfully. Don’t be confused with the Spotfire light beams that are put on vehicles. There are ones you can put in your home and would be great for businesses to have as well. On average, their battery life will get you about 50,000 hours of usage.
If you don’t happen to have any of these emergency lighting options in place, that doesn’t mean you’re necessarily stuck in the dark with all hope lost. These days all you have to reach for is your cell phone, and there’s a good chance it’s already attached to your hip like it is for everyone else. Most cell phones now come with a screen light built into them and come to life simply by shaking them. My iPhone has a nice flashlight that is pretty bright and is turned on by pushing the flashlight icon. I’ve found that they light up a room rather well, even better than some flashlights out there.
Your cell phone charger that plugs into an outlet will be useless when the power has gone out. Unless you have a cell phone power bank that you can plug your phone into to keep it charged, it’s only a matter of time before the flashlight on your phone goes out.
Outdoor Solar Yard Lighting
A reader once suggested having Solar Yard Lights because they not only light your walkway in your front yard, you can bring them in the house if the power goes out. Then take them back outside to recharge when the sun comes out. It’s a win-win for everyone.
What to Use for Emergency Lighting
When an emergency situation strikes, it’s always best to be prepared with a backup, especially when it concerns your lighting. Several of these lighting options are what businesses use for their emergency lighting. Also, try not to resort to using candles like our parents did when the power went out. That just opens up more possibilities to your house catching on fire. May God Bless this world, Linda.
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