Basics of Emergency Lighting (Part 1)

You don’t realize how much lighting and electricity you use until you don’t have it anymore.

While most of us probably don’t have the means (or time) to make our own solar/wind turbine power station like this guy in the video below.

There are still a number of things that you can do to have light and electricity during an emergency.

The good thing is that candles are inexpensive. However, they only last for a certain amount of time. If you need a quick solution, candles are a great alternative.

LED Flashlights
When purchasing flashlights, LED is probably the best route. LED flashlights are typically a little more expensive than other flashlights but they kick incandescent and fluorescent flashlight’s trash. Check out the comparison of for the different bulbs:

LEDs Incandescent Fluorescent
Avg Life Span 50,000 hrs 1,200 hrs 8,000 hrs
Watts used 6-8 watts 60 watts 13-15 watts
Turns on instantly Yes Yes No
Heat emitted 3.4 BTU/hr 85 BTU/hr 30 BTU/hr

(Statistics courtesy of The Light Authority. Click to see more statistical data about lightbulbs.)

Some people wonder about keeping batteries in case their is an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). If you feel the need, you can place your batteries in a container wrapped with tin foil and other EMP protective elements.

Lanterns are a little easier to handle than flashlights. The best part is that you can just set them down. Make sure that you get a lantern that has a car battery extension or solar panels.

This is just part 1 of 2. Tune in later today for part 2, where we’ll discuss some innovative lighting techniques and generators.

2 thoughts on “Basics of Emergency Lighting (Part 1)”

  • Maureen

    it is something even I a granny could do as far as the solar part goes, not sure about wind turbine tho.

  • Terry

    I have seen a similar set up using a hand truck, panel, battery, and inverter for portable power around the homestead. I am currently collecting parts to assemble one this spring. I may add the barrel for aesthetics and a weather barrier.

    I think his wind turbine is a bit small to be useful. I could be wrong though, I have not studied vertical axis wind turbines. But it's a very kewl idea.

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