Emergency lighting

mini-eco-i-lite-flashlight-emergency-light

The Mini Eco-i-Lite from the Container Store plugs into an outlet and can serve as a dim nightlight.  If you need a flashlight, just lift the cylinder out of the charging base and turn on the LED flashlight.  If you lose power, the flashlight comes on automatically, and it can provide 7 hours of continuous [...]

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blackout-buddy-h2o

I recently reviewed the Eton Blackout Buddy, which is a combination night light, emergency pathway lighting, and flashlight in one compact unit.  It's a great way to have a flashlight in your home with constantly charged batteries when you need one.  Eton's new Blackout Buddy H2O is a perfect flashlight for your emergency kit in [...]

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nokero-solar-bulb-2

I don't know if this is the world's only solar light bulb, but the Nokero Solar Light Bulb certainly looks useful for off-grid situations.  It charges its AA-sized NiMH batteries with a high-efficiency solar panel, and it can provide 6+ hours of 13.5 lumens of light from its four LEDs.  The bulb has a shatter-resistant polycarbonate globe, [...]

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champ-emergency-preparedness-1

Were you aware that it is National Preparedness Month?  Are you part of the sixty percent of Americans determined by the American Red Cross that are wholly unprepared for a disaster?  Emergencies don't have to be huge things, like hurricanes, tornados, or floods; they can be smaller things like car accidents or smaller damages to your [...]

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blackout-buddy-review-2

We live in a high-rise condo building, and the main hallways and stairways are all interior and windowless.  The building does have emergency lighting, as we found out during a recent power outage, but those are only in the public areas of the building.  Most of the rooms in our condo have floor-to-ceiling windows, so [...]

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eton-blackout-buddy-2

Several years ago, a terrible storm in Greensboro knocked down a pine tree across the street from us.  The pine took down the power lines, which lit the tree on fire and caused the most incredible noises as the line arced and jumped around.  I knew just where my flashlight was, but was dismayed to [...]

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bottlelight-rechargeable-lamp

As a matter of fact, it looks a lot like a wine bottle cork.  Pop the cork end off of the Bottlelight to expose the USB plug that's used to charge the internal battery.  When you need emergency lighting or even some ambient mood lighting without the risk of candle flames, you just twist the [...]

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olde-brooklyn-lantern

The Olde Brooklyn Lantern has an unusual look for an LED lamp.  Instead of the sleek, modern look LED lighting usually has, it looks like an old-fashioned lantern like my Dad used to use for camping.  Inside are 9 ultra-bright dimmable LEDs that are said to last 100,000 hours.  The lantern requires two D-cell batteries, [...]

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The LuminAID is an ingenious portable LED light that was designed by architecture graduate students Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta as a product to assist post-earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.  Simply leave it laying in the sun to charge up the internal battery (rechargeable up to 500 times), inflate the bag, and the LuminAID can provide [...]

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