So you’ve been thinking that you need an alternative lighting source in your home in an emergency situation.
You are right to consider your options. In years past, emergency lighting was candles and oil lamps. I have both. I love and recommend both…BUT technology has advanced. Now solar emergency lighting is a safe supplement to your supplies. Everyone has some little solar lights in the yard, right? You can even buy cute ones at Harbor Freight and sometimes even Dollar Tree. I have a bunch of them scattered around for path lighting and ambiance.
Did you ever consider them as emergency lighting? They require no fuel or batteries. They are safe around kids. They are fairly break resistant. They are reasonably priced. And you can buy ones that are easily portable. Now I know that you are not going to use a solar dragonfly light on a 2′ stick as a flashlight.
But I have a bucket of sand that is my charging station. I have small candle style lights along my path. In an emergency situation, I can grab the lights, stick them in the bucket and I have light at will for years with no source of fuel. Most of these lights have on/ off switches. The ones I have in my yard have lasted between 2 and 6 years, depending on this year’s weather conditions. I also keep a couple in the closet that still have the tabs on the batteries, so they will be new if I need them.
I am leaning toward solar emergency lighting more and more. If I can have clean quiet light that has no smell and can be extinguished quickly, that is the light for me.
And for those security minded, all those cute little glowy eyed yard frogs can be re positioned as perimeter lighting, in the event of an emergency. Just a thought…
Hello there. I have some also in my yard. I never thought of them as emergency lighting. With all the hurricanes we have here in Louisiana, I’ll have to keep that in mind. Great tip
Glad to help. Hurricanes don’t happen around here but this idea sure comes in handy in blizzards, so it should work! Have a great day.
Hi. What a great site and this article on solar emergency lighting is really useful. Solar lights really do make a lot of sense. Keep up the good work!
That is an amazing tip! I’ve actually been thinking about getting some night lights or motion lights because my house gets really dark at night but solar lights are such a genius idea. Thanks a million!
Most welcome. I love finding stuff that can be used in several ways.
I can’t believe I didn’t think of this. I have these and use them in the summer and then store them in the winter. We have had winter storms that knocked out power and we never have enough emergency lighting. I am using this tip thanks.
Glad to help. It’s amazing the stuff we have but its hard to look at it in a different way sometime. Have a great day.
Thank you so much for the advice! I will definitely be considering solar lights now.
I am glad you like the solar light idea. There are so many small changes we can make that make a big different. Have a great day.