You Can Have Light Even in a Blackout

"Shake, shiver and shovel." That's what The Farmers' Almanac is predicting for the 2022-23 winter in the U.S.

They say there will be plenty of snow, rain and mush, as well as record-breaking cold temperatures in some areas. I guess we don't need to tell the folks in and around Buffalo, New York about this. A couple of weeks ago they got nearly five feet of snow. 

Winter will not take long to get started elsewhere, according to the folks at this 200-year-old publication. They say, "December 2022 looks stormy and cold nationwide with an active storm pattern developing and hanging around for most of the season" in parts of the country.

Now, we know extreme weather usually results in power outages. And that means a dark home. Your first thought may be to grab the nearest flashlight or light some candles. The same is true when you're camping or walking outdoors. Lighting your path is essential for safety. 

Today I want to discuss 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 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 ‚Äď and will smell better.¬†¬†¬†¬†

So… how about this SoLantern?

There are a number of good ways to create light at home during a blackout or while you're camping, and I want to share 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…

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