In a Blackout… Let There Be Light

What’s the first thing you think of when you get hit with a blackout? That’s a pretty easy one. The answer is light.

Whether it’s grabbing the nearest flashlight or lighting some candles, you want to see what you’re doing and where you’re going. And the same is true when you’re camping or walking outside in the dark. Lighting your path is essential for staying safe.

Today I want to talk about a variety of ways you can create light to break through the darkness. Some of these you’ve used for that purpose. But I’m guessing you haven’t used some of the more unusual ones.

And when I finish with my list, I’m going to introduce you to a new product that works great at lighting your surroundings. Whether you’re inside or out.

Flashlights, candles, etc.

Let’s get the obvious ones out of the way first. The quickest and easiest way to produce light is with a flashlight. Keep several around the house and take a couple with you when you go out.

Another is lighting candles. While this is also a quick way to produce light, candles can be a fire hazard. They shouldn’t be left burning when you leave a room or walk away from a campsite.

Oil lamps are another option. Using oil as the fuel source, these lamps have been employed for thousands of years. A textile wick drops down into the oil and is lit at the end. The oil burns as it is drawn up the wick. 

Of course, your smartphone can also serve as a flashlight. And you can always provide some light while camping (or in your fireplace) with a fire. Headlamps and glowsticks also illuminate your surroundings. As do battery-powered and solar-powered lanterns.  

Lighting with some color

OK, now for some lesser-known ways to break through the darkness. Remember those Crayola crayons you used as a kid? And maybe you still join in some coloring fun with your kids or grandkids.

Because crayons are basically wax, you can light them like a candle and they’ll produce light for about 30 minutes.

Break the point off a crayon and light the paper label at the end. The paper will serve as a wick as the wax melts. 

If you tie several crayons together, you can get a larger flame going, thereby producing more light.

Glowing water

I mentioned headlamps a moment ago. As the name implies, it’s a light that ties around your head with a strap so you can see in front of you in the dark.

But a headlamp can also be used to produce a glowing light to set the mood at home or in the woods.

Fill a clear plastic gallon jug with water. Then wrap a headlamp “belt” around the container with the light shining inward, toward the center of the jug. 

When the water diffuses and diverts the light, you’ve got a glowing lamp to provide some ambiance.

Crisco, sardines & bacon

Would you like to be able to produce a candle-type light that will stay lit for a long time? Maybe a month?

Just get a large can of Crisco. Using a forked stick, shove a natural fiber wick (such as a mop strand or a cotton t-shirt shred) down to the bottom of the thick grease.  

Here’s another idea. Once you’ve eaten sardines out of a can containing olive oil, place a natural fiber wick (like that mop strand I mentioned) into the oil that’s left over so it’s completely immersed.

Then bend the strand up at the edge of the can and light it. It should stay lit for several hours. The downside? It will smell like fish. Bacon grease can serve the same purpose – and will smell better.    

So… how about this SoLantern?

While there are a number of good ways to create light at home during a blackout or while you’re camping, I want to share a brand new one with you. It’s the 4Patriots SoLantern. It has a long-lasting battery and recharges with the sun.

This powerful light produces 800 lumens. Which is the equivalent to the light produced by 800 candles. It’s lightweight so you can take it anywhere. The SoLantern has five different light settings and can power up your phone and other electronic devices. 

Use it at campgrounds, on RV trips, and in your front and back yards. All at the simple push of a button. Carry it with you to light your path or set it down and read by it. 

And this is a great time to acquire the SoLantern because we’re offering one free whenever you purchase four.

Here’s how to get yours…


  • Regina Moore - July 30, 2023

    My family loves the SoLanturn. Convenient, bright, fail-proof light. We only wish there was some way to possibly extend it’s life of wonderful light. Thanks so much.

  • Donetta C. Clark - July 24, 2023

    First I want to say I love your MRE’S. They are very tasty for being in a package.
    With that said, I have a suggestion. You are advertising the solar lantern. All along I’m waiting to see a picture of it. Still have no idea what it looks like. Could you please show your product without me having to click on the buy now button? Thank you for you good products. Donetta Clark

  • Pauline Jarvis - March 14, 2023

    Great tips on lighting. Thank you for all my orders being delivered in a timely manner . Love your products and I recommend all items from you. Every time I try a different product I feel so much better about my family safety. THANK YOU.

  • Jon Schmidt - February 04, 2023

    Nice tips on the lighting, I bought 4 of your Power cells then I bought just 4 AA Battery and charger looking for some AAA battery’s if ya got some, im saving for the generator…. got my gas one till then(and my gas) I’m liking your blogs

  • Liz bond - December 09, 2022

    Thank you. I can do all of these except the fish. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing 👍😊

  • Sandra Hart - August 05, 2022

    You convinced me but I really liked that you shared the other options while I wait for my order.

  • Ralph Thornburgh - August 05, 2022

    The bacon grease candle is ok inside your house, RV or tent, if you like the smell of bacon, but the sardine oil candle really works better outside so that you don’t smell up the place. So, if you are camping, for example, set it outside on a table or something similar.

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