Ideal Lights to Have in Case of an Emergency

Light is something that most of us take for granted.  We are used to flipping a switch and having an entire room illuminated.  In many emergency situations you would no longer have electricity in your home or building.  Here's a rundown of a few of the different options:

There are several options to choose from when choosing a lighting source for emergencies. The first options are candles and light sticks. many people assume that they will use the candles they have for decorative purposes if they were to loose electricity.  The standard votive candle burns for about 15-23 hours and the often times the scent of the candle can cause someone to get a headache if it's burning constantly.  They also don't give off very much light.  I recommend the 115-Hour ReadyCandle.

It burns odorless and smokeless-liquid paraffin and can light even the large areas as well as an average room.  If you have children and don't want them to wander around exposed to an open flame, a 12-Hour
Light-Stick would be an ideal collection to your 72-Hour Kit or any other emergency supplies.

Some other good options are flashlights.  There are many different ways to provide power to some of the emergency oriented flashlights out there. They have crank-powered, battery powered, AC/Adapter, solar rechargeable, and even lights you can just shake to provide power.
Crank-powered lights are ideal because, for about a minute of cranking, you can get about 12 hours of power. Many of these emergency lightscome with other features such as radios (that can also help with communicated), cell phone chargers, USB
outlets, sirens, strobe lights and some are even waterproof!

Last, there are emergency lanterns, which are the best for lighting large areas. We carry two different lantern models. The first is the Hurricane
Lantern, which runs on kerosene and allows you to control how bright you want the light. If you're looking for the most reliable, longest lasting light source available, the GE Steel-beam Krypton Lantern is battery powered, uses a krypton bulb, and is good for 8,000 hours of light!

These are all great sources of light for an emergency situation, and for everyday use. Have you looked to see which light source is best for you?  I hope this blog helps you decide.  When deciding on which light source to use, be sure to take into account the different emergencies and
factors, such as children, water, and any other circumstances that may apply.

7 thoughts on “Ideal Lights to Have in Case of an Emergency”

  • John

    With regard to your description of the GE Steel-beam (sic) lantern, you are confusing the lifetime of the bulb with run-time. Yes, the bulb is estimated to last up to 8,000 hours, but it will put out light only for about 4 hours and 8 minutes on one set of 4 non-rechargeable D-cell batteries. The description on the Ready Store's product page for this lantern is similarly misleading.

  • Cindy Merrill

    We're lucky enough to have a fireplace in our apartment, but our landlords need it repaired ( we live in Richmond, KY): During the last Icestorm-Feb 2008, our power was out for 5 days. Any suggestions on what we should do?

  • emma

    Headlamps are great for emergency lighting, you can wear around your head for spot lighting for different tasks, and at night put the headlamp around the water jug and diffused lighting. Just make sure to have enough batteries ahead of time for the headlamp.

  • kirk

    WARNING light sticks/cylume sticks DO have a shelf life.
    they are good for about 5 years then stere light gets flakey. I bought some off ebay and out of 100 4 worked correctly. keep some around but don't depend just on lights ticks as after a few years they WILL let you down.

  • george

    The 60 day lantern is a great choice for lighting a room. It's bright and has a good battery life. 60 days on the lowest power. 72 hours on high, and medium a week.

    Lumens on the lantern
    18 lumen low
    200 lumen med
    508 lumens high

    Also it has a strobe light if you press it hard enough for a moment. I own one and had for nearly a year.

    There a few drawbacks it's a bit tricky putting the battery cover back on the lantern, it's on the bottom. The other drawback it takes 6 d batteries. It can get a bit pricey with batteries.

    However the lantern is nice and bright and worth having around for power outages.

  • Kay

    What about solar landscape lighting. It can be used as guides through the house, one in the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, placed right it serves as enough light to get you down the hall or across the house and all you do is place back outside to recharge in hopefully sunny weather. We used them when our neighborhood was dark for three days due to a storm and they were the only light outside on the street. The other lights mentioned could be preserved since battery is precious and others don't regenerate.

  • Gary smith

    A great way for sustainable emergency lighting is to use eneeloop AA rechargeable batteries with a goal zero guide 10 solar charger. I have charged, in the height of a northern New England winter, by placing solar panel against the glass with a screen even! Goal zero says you can't do this but I have, many times successfully. 4 AAs take 2 days but if you use them with one of the many high effiencency LED flashlights or head lamps it's a great way to go in an emergency . The charger will also do AAAs. I have two of these and recommend them highly!

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