Lights Out: 6 Ways to Replace Electric Lamps

It’s so easy to take for granted the thousands of comforts that come with a 21st century lifestyle. But as anyone who has ever been without power knows, the degree to which we depend on electricity becomes starkly clear in no time flat. The first thing you’re going to miss in a blackout is, of course, your eyesight. Without electric lights, do you have a way of illuminating your home? If not, here are six ways you can get ready for the coming darkness.

Let’s cover the most obvious tool first, because if you’re going to prioritize your lighting supply, this is a great place to start. You probably already have a flashlight or two around the house, but you can’t go wrong by stocking up. Do yourself a favor and skip the cheapo models. These provide little light and don’t come with the reliability of the more expensive options.

A flashlight can help you see into the dark corners of your home, but what happens when you need both of your hands free to work? For that scenario, it’s worth having a head lamp or two in storage.

You could probably light a room with some strategic positioning of your flashlights, but candles are a much more efficient solution. These versatile lighting options were commonplace before the advent of electric lights, and they are just as effective a hundred years later.

A mirror isn’t going to light up a room, but it can do wonders when it comes to magnifying the light you have. With a single mirror, one candle becomes two. With several mirrors, you can get much more out of your limited lighting.

The Sun
You’re not going to do much better than the sun if you want to light up your house. It’s not going to do you much good at night, but you can rearrange and modify your house to make sure you’re getting as much of that natural light as possible.

You don’t necessarily have to plug a lamp into the wall to light up a dark room. Kerosene, oil, and propane lamps can help you stave off the darkness when the power goes out. The only concern with these lamps is that they produce heat as well as light. If you’re trying to keep your home cool, they may not be the best light source. They can also be dangerous, so make sure you have ventilation. Never leave a burning lamp of this type unattended.