Have you ever been in a situation where your city was covered in darkness because all the lights were out? Yes? Kind of spooky, isn’t it? While a single night without light might be can be fun (kind of an adventure), several dark nights can result in a host of challenges, especially if you have kids who might be frightened by the prolonged darkness. Multiply these problems if you’re in the middle of a natural disaster, and then it’s too late to contemplate how crucial it will be to have access to emergency lighting. Most importantly light in a disaster means safety and security.
The best way to avoid the challenges of a power outage is to plan for being off-grid, which is why having an emergency light source at your disposal is essential to the prepper. However, several factors will determine what emergency light source will best fit your needs. Factors to consider include durability, safety, longevity, time to recharge and weight. Every prepper’s preference and budget is different so the best source of emergency light will vary from individual to individual. Below is a helpful starter list featuring the top emergency light sources to consider.
Sure, there’s a flashlight in every home, but do you have the right flashlight and if its battery-powered enough batteries to keep them functioning for days, weeks or months? Several flashlights, along with rechargeable batteries are a must for any disaster planning and preppers. A sturdy model can also transition into an emergency weapon to ward off danger as well.
We recommend flashlights that come with LEDs as the lighting source and standard alkaline batteries. They’re much handier and affordable than those featuring old-style bulbs and expensive lithium batteries. The latest LEDs are labeled to function 10,000+ hours, which means years of continuous use for the prepper.
Super Tac X is a high-performance illuminator featuring the newest in LED infrared technology for far-reaching illumination together with a tail cap switch that includes a push button for single-handed operation. Also, it includes a parabolic reflector that produces a wide long range targeting beam for aiding in navigation.
PD35 TAC Tactical variant is under 5.5 inches but produces 1000-lumen output. While it is ideal for keeping a pocket, it delivers high performance, with a beam range of 656 feet. It makes it easy to stay mobile and have handy for quick use.
This useful flashlight is something to consider for extended use in situations where batteries might not last for traditional flashlights. You can hand crank for 1 minute to get 10 minutes charge and you can also charge it up during the day via solar power for night use.
Candles are another useful light source should you experience a power outage. Not only are they inexpensive, they last long including several emergency variants that can last up to 36 hours. However, they do have their shortcomings in that they are a fire hazard and you can’t reuse them.
We advise getting durable metal containers and purchase holders when stocking up on candles to keep the flames away from curtains, rugs, and furniture. Also, you can consider stocking up on candle-making supplies and educate yourself on how to make your very own candle for both barter and consumption.
Each candle can burn for up to 115 hours! If you calculate, that is 3.5 hours of candlelight per day for a whole month. Not bad at all for an emergency light source. Also, it relies on liquid paraffin, which is sealed in a way that doesn’t produce odor.
This candle burns liquid wax and does so in a way where you don’t have to worry about wax drippings. It comes in a sturdy container that offers durability.
3. Solar-Powered House and Yard Lights
For planning for a disaster your outdoor lighting will obviously not be working. One option for preppers is to have solar yard lights ready for emergency use. They don’t require batteries to function and pose no fire risk. They can add lighting for around your home and help to keep it lit and secure. Also since they gather energy from the sun during daytime you can then bring them in at night as an alternate light source.
For indoor use, you can use Styrofoam blocks to push the spike into and keep the light upright. The value is in the renewable source – no fuel, no oil, no batteries. During daytime, just place them outside so that they’re able to soak up the sun rays. Even in gloomy weather, most are capable of recharging enough to give off light that lasts eight to ten hours.
These lights have clear plastic lenses and function without electricity. They take 6-8 hours of sunlight absorption to charge and offer illumination for 6-8 hours.
Solar Spotlight, 2-in-1 Waterproof Outdoor Solar Landscape Lighting Adjustable Solar Wall Light Auto On/Off
They take 6-8 hours of sun absorption to charge and can work 8-12 hours on low light mode and 4-6 hours on high light mode.
These come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some rely on citronella oil, others function by burning lamp oils, and the rest burn kerosene. If lit incorrectly kerosene results in darker smoke than oil-based models, as well as giving offs some odor. You might even come across models that can use all of these oils to function. You can typically buy fuel from drugstores or from larger outlets like Walmart and Target.
For use in well-ventilated spaces, old fashioned oil lamps are a tried and tested option. They give off sufficient light to render first aid, work, or prepare meals. Ensure that the wick is trimmed and the lamp has plenty of oil if you want prolonged use.
However, if you want to skip fuel burning, go for a solar lantern that is eco-friendly and can recharge itself during the daytime. These lanterns will be good for years if homeowners store them in a cool, dry space.
Features LED bulbs with 600 lumens output which offers usage for up to 100,000 hours.
Features 400l lumens, 6 modes (red and white), and 360-degree coverage. Runtime is almost 400 hours and the lantern can be charged from any power source, including wall sockets.
A headlamp is a light source that can be put around the forehead or combined with a piece of clothing for hands-free use. However, as headlamps rely on bulbs, it will eventually run out, so stockpiling bulbs for this light source is the key to using it with maximum efficiency. Make sure you label and store these bulbs specifically for use with the headlamp so they don’t get mixed up for other purposes.
Based on the situation you find yourself in, the lamp can be attached to your head, to your waist, or just placed on a table to light up a room. Headlamps are adjustable, zoomable, and quite durable. Some even come with modes that allow users to adjust lighting to low, medium, and strobe. Also, headlamps can be used even outside of disasters. They’re great to stock for hiking, camping and more. Make sure you stock up on batteries.
Solar Rechargeable LED Flashlight, SGODDE Super Bright 3 Modes Waterproof Head torch Headlight, Adjustable Elastic Headband for Outdoor Hiking Camping Fishing Cycling Running Walking
The great thing about this lamp is it can be recharged during the day with solar power for use at night. It takes 3 to 4 hours to charge and you can get 6 to 8 hours of use.
This is a lightweight headlamp that offers ease of movement. At just 1.25 ounces, it rests snugly on the forehead and includes an adjustable strap for kids and adults.
Zoomable LED Headlamp COB Led White Blue Red Light High Power with 3 Mode USB Emergency Headlight for Camping, Running, Hiking
A great option for a zoomable headlamp. It can easily adjust to any size head and can be worn for hours.
You wouldn’t think of light sticks for emergencies since they are used more for fun. But these are also a good option to consider. Lightsticks give off a glow (red, green, purple, etc.) but aren’t super bright. Homeowners can keep them in different places around their house for instant lighting to quickly gain access to other sources of emergency light or for low light situations to save your other sources.
Lightsticks are also great in the sense that they occupy little space, require no fuel, and are quite inexpensive. Of course, you can use them once only and you can’t turn them off. Once you light them up by shaking, they’ll give off glow for eight to twelve hours.
These are premium quality industrial grade variants with a long output that goes on for more than 12 hours. BUDI Glow Sticks can be used to navigate maps, survive, and fix things without lighting
These can last for up to 12 hours, which is almost 6 hours more than the standard 8-hour timeframe offered by conventional light sticks.
7. Stick On / Push On Lights
This might not be an obvious choice for your prepping supplies, but they can come in handy. These lights can be very useful if you want some easily movable stick on / push on lights for certain areas when the lights are out. For example, a bathroom or a pantry. They give a light glow and importantly don’t attract too much attention either. You can attach Velcro to the back of push-on lights will allow it to be mounted in just about any place.
3 Pack Tap Light,5 LED Battery-powered Wireless NightLight Remote Control, Goldmore Touch Lights Stick-on Push Light
This push-on LED includes 5 LED bulbs that offer natural white light in low or high brightness. It comes with a wireless remote that can be used to control multiple lights in the 10-20 meter range. A timer can also be set to auto-off the remote.
BUTTON LAMP Adhesive LEDs Light Package – Lightweight, Ultra Small, Ultra Bright LED Utility Lights on Click Light for Closet, Cabinet, Trunk
You can get up to 10 hours of use on the 3 AAA batteries. These can quickly be stuck anywhere for easy use.
8. Other Options
Below you will find some other ideas on how to make sure you have light during a disaster or power outage.
Power outages inevitable, so make sure you’re prepared with emergency light sources. Ensure that you’re well-equipped by storing these resources in a dry and safe space. You will be happy you did the next time the lights are out.