Let There Be Light!
Have you ever had to spend an extended period of time in the dark? Maybe you’ve been out in the wilderness at night, unprepared (I hope not!) and had to make your way without a flashlight.
Maybe you’ve had a power outage at your house and had to fumble in the dark to find a flashlight. It can be scary and confusing. We all need the safety of light, especially during emergencies.
I’ve rounded up a list of 10 emergency light gift ideas that can bring illumination to you and your loved ones in stressful times. These make great stocking stuffers and can be found at any sporting goods store.
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Headlamps, flashlights, and small lanterns for light gift ideas–
1. I carry one of these small portable flashlights in my purse, it has been handy on many occasions. Fenix and Maglite are some of the top brands, but any light is better than none. Consider getting one for carrying in each bug-out bag. LED’s are some of the best out there.
2. You can’t go wrong with a basic keychain flashlight with a carabineer. Something simple to keep with your keys just in case. These work well and are very inexpensive, you’ll be able to get one for every family member.
3. Sometimes it’s nice to go hands-free and if you know someone that always wears a hat, the hat clip lamp is for them. What a great way to free your hands in an emergency.
4. The head lamp while not being very pretty, is also useful to free your hands in an emergency. We have one of these for each family members survival kit.
5. A small rechargeable spotlight or flood light is handy to carry and easy to set down and point in the direction you need it to go. This works well for a car emergency kit because it illuminates your vehicle area when you need it.
6. How about one of those small push lamps for an unlighted area? Useful under sinks or in closets without power, these lights are helpful to have and are extremely portable.
7. This is my favorite night light! We purchased a Mini Eco-i-Lite™ (pictured left) for each bathroom. It serves as a power failure light, flashlight and nightlight, all in one compact unit. Just plug it in and the auto-sensor LED nightlight will illuminate at night and then shut off during the day. If you remove the portable LED flashlight from the base – it automatically turns on and provides seven hours of continuous light. There’s no need for batteries. The AC plug rotates to fit outlets of any orientation. It’s a thoughtful gift idea for families with children and for anyone who likes to be prepared for the unexpected.
8. This pack of 4 VONT Emergency LED lanterns (click the link for current price) is all you need when the grid goes down. A single VONT LED lantern can light up an entire room and the battery life is more than 30 hours of continuous use (p.s. batteries are included for EACH single light, which was a very pleasant surprise).
Plus, these LEDs are built like a tank, they’re compact, and they provide 360 degree illumination. And for the price, the 4-pack of LED lights by VONT is a steal. Just steer clear of the counterfeits.
9. Here’s a super bright emergency light that can be hung upside down to be used in various emergency situations. This 1,000 Lumen LED camping lantern sports 4 modes: 700lm (cool white), 300lm (warm white), 1000lm (cool white) to 1000lm (flash mode), and water resistance rating at IPX4.
The batteries (not provided) can last up to 25 hours of continuous use (on warm white), which makes this lantern ideal for prolonged power outages. Get this emergency light if you’d like a product that comes with warm-white and soft-white color temps instead of the regular cool white you’d get from other emergency lights in its class.
10. These easy-to-use, elegant high-quality portable solar lanterns (pictured below) are lightweight, maintenance-free, and waterproof. Find them at The Grommet – Luci Lux by MPOWERD: Warm Light Inflatable Solar Lanterns
11. Solar powered garden lights can add oomph to a backyard party, ambiance to your patio, or illuminate a walkway, but this smart light takes it up a notch. Choose colors (from an endless array), adjust brightness, and set effects – like flashing, fading, and pulsing – all from the app on your smart device.
You can even sync multiple lights as a group to create a mini light show, or set them to start glowing when the sun goes down. PLAYBULB: Bluetooth Solar Powered Outdoor Light
12. Handbag light SOI: Handbag Light SOI puts an end to blindly rummaging through your purse or backpack to find keys, wallet, or a pen. This clever little 1.5 ounce light turns on when it senses your hand. Battery operated and easy to transfer from bag to bag, SOI is the world’s first automatic bag light.
These are useful gifts, suitable for stocking stuffers and for someone who is putting together their survival kit. The cost is from $2.50 up – so give the gift of light the next holiday season and don’t forget about the batteries!
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Love these lighting ideas. I’ve also found the collapsible lights at the dollar store ($1.00 each, cheaper than the “As Seen on TV” ones that are 4/$10.00!!). They also have a handle so they can either be hung or carried, and sit on a table or other flat surface. They put out a decent amount of light. I have one in my purse, though it is easily turned on by whatever happens to land on the button. I’m trying to find a small clear plastic box with a lid so that it doesn’t accidentally get turned on. I find it quite useful when I have to check the oil and other fluids in the taxi before I start my 12 hour shift in the early morning darkness. Also comes in handy when I drop something in the vehicle (personal or taxi) and the overhead light just isn’t enough light.
Great idea Trish. I bet you could find a small clear plastic box at the dollar store too. They have them at the one near me.
Jason Roland says
Being prepared is such a smart thing for any family. Making sure you are stocked up with flashlights, candles and batteries, non perishable food and even some fun things to do, like board games.