Since my wife saw this, we have used it in several
power outages. Just shine a flashlight at a
clear jug of water. Presto! A lantern:
I prefer the ceiling thing. More light into
The jug thing is fun for Christmas, some
friends had a string of milk jugs out, with
a string of old style Christmas bulbs into
the jugs (over the water line). Made a
string of milk jugs, each lit with a separate
I've got a couple of LED lanterns too and they are OK to find your way
around or have comforting light but even with a couple of dozen LED's,
there is not enough light to read by. Like my old Coleman gasoline
lantern but only if weather is cool as heat can be a problem indoors
during the summer if power fails.
I've got one with 20 focused LED's and can get by with it to read.
I have a generator for longer power failures but only fire it up as
needed, usually for longer outages.
Lot of these older LED lanterns and flashlights were quite wimpy and
might advertise multiple LED's but not lumens. Most of us have those
free HF 9 LED flashlights that don't put out a tenth the illumination of
newer single LED lights.
I got a 12VDC flourescent lantern somewhere. I also have a 12 V little
car fan and a deep-cycle 12 V battery kept on a charger. I use these when
the power goes out. Doesn't happen that often but it is very handy when
it does. Light is bright enough to read by.
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
I've had everything, including harbor freight flourescents. Nothing works
anymore. Sometimes replacing batteries gets tiring.
I just bought a automatic hall light operating off 4 AA for a house. Kinda
neat. Has on or auto. Would be a good multipurpose light for things. $15
A clear bottle of water fitted into a hole in the roof acts as a very
effective "solar light" - or skylight. Quite commonly used in the
slums of central Africa, South America, and the Philipines, among
other places. Brings the sunlight into dark windowless hovels during
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