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    Posted: May 24 2006 at 7:42am
So I was thinking how rolling blackouts would happen once a pandemic hit. My wife and I (along with our new born) live in downtown San Francisco in an apartment and power has been acting up lately. Anybody have a suggestion on cheap but descent battery powered laterns? I don't want to use to many candles or oil lamps (we have 2 cats) . Also don't really want to get uber tacti-cool but would glowsticks help?
 
P.S. We are moving soon to another part of the Bay Area ( a condo) in a few months since there are too many darn pigeons.Dead
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Hi Mikey and welcome!

We have a few rechargeable lamps/lanterns that will provide up to 5 or 8 hours of light from a full charge, depending on whether you operate on low light or the hightest setting.   
This type is widely available - ours are made by Vector I think.
Also have some battery operated candles. Many here have purchased the larger, more expensive ones, but I opted for the little bitty tealight sized ones that run on a cell battery. The ones I picked up allegedly provide up to 100 hours per battery and the batteries are replaceable.

We have a brat cat too so I only burn candles when I can really keep an eye on them.
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Glow sticks are expensive to use. The best "hands on" suggestion, would be to go to a hardware store or sporting goods store, and look at camping type lights. I prefer the non rechargeable type, just for the fact that I can change the batteries when they are dead. If you don't have power, you can't recharge. (well, that and the fact I have hundreds of batteries stockpiled)
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solar yard lights work great for indoor lighting.  Just a pain in ass putting them out every morn and bringing them in every eve....you can get solar flood lights, or accent lights..

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Great post Nawty,
If you get the flood light it would be very muchlike a lamp! Thanks for that idea.
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LED camping lanterns.  They run on batteries. MANY hours. Re-chargable batteries are best.
 
 
Illuminate your campsite or tent without the worry of open flame or fumes from fuel lanterns with this long-lasting LED light source. The main light bar has LEDs on all four sides for a flood of light in every direction. And, because the light is provided by energy-efficient LEDs, the four D-cell batteries (not included) will last much longer than in fluorescent or incandescent lanterns (more than 1,000 hours or 41 days). The remote enables you to turn the lamp on and off from anywhere within 35 feet.
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Originally posted by Mountainwinds Mountainwinds wrote:

Glow sticks are expensive to use.
 
I agree but they're great for emergency lighting. Small, light, self-contained, safe and last either eight or twelve hours. I have at least a hundred that I paid less than $.80 each shipped. I have 'em stashed everywhere; trucks, boat, etc.
 
Our last two hurricanes I handed out a few to two of my widow neighbors when our power went out. They loved 'em! That reminds me, I need to check and see if they need a few more.
 
 
 
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2ifbyc, I have some about 12 years old. They light good for about 40 minutes then fade rather quickly. I hate to just use them up for the fun of it, cause in a pinch, 40 minutes might come in handy.
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If you place your lighting source in front of a mirror, you'll get more light in the room.
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Originally posted by Mountainwinds Mountainwinds wrote:

They light good for about 40 minutes then fade rather quickly.
 
Sounds like you have the high intensity sticks. New they last for an hour. So you're doing good for 12 y.o. sticks!
 
I hate to just use them up for the fun of it, cause in a pinch, 40 minutes might come in handy.
 
I totally agree!
 
 
 
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Also look for a crank-powered flashlight or lantern--NO BATTERIES NEEDED!

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Even though you don't think you want an oil lamp, research Aladdin lanterns. They still make them, they can burn good K-1 kerosene or synthetic kerosene (Kleen-Heat) without any noticeable odor and if you are careful they aren't dangerous and they put out very efficient, warm lighting.   
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Use basic Li-ion powered batteries and white light lanterns. Don't go for glow sticks. They won't help much.
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Originally posted by wrote:

If you place your lighting source in front of a mirror, you'll get more light in the room.
You won't magnify the light, you will just redirect it where it might be needed the most.
But this does help.
 
 
 
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