Basics of Emergency Lighting (Part 2)
A really creative idea that we came across was using car’s under-carriage strips. These lights are flexible and shouldn’t take up a ton of energy. If you needed to tack them on to a wall or ceiling they would be really easy.
If you have the means to get a generator, you’ll need to decide on purchasing a permanent or portable generator. The Learning Center at StateFarm, mentions that a permanent generator “remain permanently outside the home and on standby. They run on an existing fuel source – either liquid propane or natural gas – and are capable of generating enough wattage to re-energize your home only seconds after it loses power.”
Make sure that you have a qualified electrician look at how you set up your permanent generator. If they are hooked up incorrectly, they can lead to “back feed” of a home’s wiring. These generators can also be fairly expensive.
[Portable generators ]offer a more affordable option, when only a few vital electrical items are needed during a power outage. These generators are smaller and can be wheeled out of the garage. Their primary fuel is gasoline, so they should never be run inside the home or any enclosed area, where deadly carbon monoxide gas can accumulate.
In order to select the best backup generator for yourself and your family, determine just how much power you would need in the event of a blackout. What could you do without for a few days? Hot water? Cold food? Check the manufacturer information for each appliance to find out the wattage of your necessary appliances, and then tally their numbers. A portable generator may be your best option if you stay aware of your energy consumption, and hold to using the wattage limit of the generator. Depending on the model, portables can generate between 2,500 and 4,500 watts. By using energy wisely, you’ll still be able to comfortably endure a blackout. (Read full article at StateFarm’s Learning Center.)
If you are wanting more information about generators, please read a post that we sent out a while back.
There are a lot of options for emergency lighting needs. While some might just be getting started with their lighting needs, others might be well prepared. Just be sure to be prepared to give yourself peace of mind in an emergency situation.Updated January 24, 2012