Category Archives: lighting

Hybrid Solar Headlamp, a Review

Hybrid Solar HeadlampI like flashlights. My wife says, I am obsessed with them I have so many.  There are all kinds of different ones around the house from expensive to cheap.  Even I will admit I have way more than I need.  But the other day I received one that I really like.  I have always been a fan of headlamps since they let you go hands free.  The new one I just received is the Hybrid Solar Headlamp.

I have several of the older handheld solar powered Hybrid Lights around the house.  I have had them for about 5 years or so and I leave them on the windowsills and they stay charged. …

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The T-Lite LED Lighting System Works Great, When the Power is Out

T-Lite LED Lighting SystemI normally don’t repeat a post, but I am about to make an exception in this case.  Most of this information was posted a couple of years ago.  It is about the T-Lite LED lighting system made by Sundaya.  The T-Lite led lighting system was developed for third world countries and is one of the simplest and easiest to use solar systems that I have seen.  I have had one and have used it extensively and have found it to be reliable and work well.

What caused me to write about it today was that my granddaughter was looking at it and thought it was amazing. …

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Luci, a Neat Little Solar Powered Lantern.

The other day I received Luci by MPOWERD in the mail.  This is a small inflatable solar powered lantern that is very lightweight at less than 4 ounces.  It is about 5 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick when deflated.  Inflated it is 5 inches in diameter by about 4 inches thick.   It has a 3.7 VDC lithium polymer battery.

After getting it, I immediately had to inflate it and play with it.  It wasn’t hard to blow up once you found the trick.  You need to bite on the valve as you blow.  Once it was inflated, I pressed the on switch and it lit right up. …

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What Color Light Should You use at Night to Protect Your Night Vision

For as long as I can remember, I have been told to use red lights at night to protect my night vision.  This has been used by the military since before WW2.  Recently, the US military has changed from red to green.  Part of the reason for the militaries change is the use of night vision equipment.  However, as it turns out, green light or blue-green offers some advantages over red as a means to retain night vision capability.

The biggest factor in protecting your night vision is the brightness, or illumination level of the light.  This has a more significant effect on night vision retention than does the choice of red or green.  …

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Glo-toobs are an Interesting Light

glo-toob

Recently I read the Survivalist Series by A American and enjoyed it.  In the first book, he kept mentioning a light called the Glo-toob.   He made it sound so good that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.  So a while back I ordered a couple.

Since they arrived, I have had a chance to play with them and learn more about the product.  The Glo-toob​ is a multi-function, light that can be purchased in one of several configurations.  The Glo-toob is different than a flashlight in that it gives off 360 degrees of light.

The Original Glo-toob is powered by an 23A alkaline battery and will last for 30 hours. …

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LED Flashlights, and AA and AAA Rechargeable Batteries.

LED flashlightsI like flashlights, having worked in both fire and law enforcement I have had many occasions in which have I needed to depend on one.  In the old days, the majority of us carried D cell Maglights.  I still have a few around and they are still reliable.  Maglights were big and heavy which was both good and bad.  Bad when you had to carry it, but great when you had to hit someone with it.  However, technology has improved and the LED flashlights are a better choice for my purposes.

I always have at least one flashlight in my everyday carry and often two.  …

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Homemade Oil Lamps are Easy to Make

homemade oil lamps

Yesterday, I wrote about alternate uses for rancid cooking oils.  One of the ideas was to make an homemade oil lamp.  This morning I showed one of my grandchildren how easy, it is to make one.

I took a small metal can that had contained hard candy.  The can was about 3 inches in diameter.  I punched a hole in the top with a nail, just big enough for some jute twine to fit through.  The bottom of the can was then filled to the brim with olive oil.  The jute twine was then dipped in the oil and threaded through the hole in the top. …

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How to Maintain your Kerosene Lamps and Improvise Wicks.

 

Making the best use of kerosene lamps requires some practice, like everything else there is a learning curve.

When purchasing lamps, get extra chimneys, burners at least 2 or 3 of each and a substantial number of wicks.  I found some old wick material in rolls in a surplus store in Nevada.  About ten yards to a roll.  The wick store http://wickstore.com sells flat cotton rolls, 25 yards long for $9.50 to $14.00 depending on the width.

When using, everyday trim the wicks by rubbing the crust from them with your fingers.  Occasionally you may need to use scissors to trim the wicks. …

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The Problems of Blacking Out Your Windows When Bugging In

Many of us who plan to bug in have alternate lighting systems.  Now after a major disaster or TEOTWAWKI a light will be a beacon that will draw attention to you.  If you have light, people will come to your location and expect or demand help.  So what good are your lights?

Our natural reaction is that we will blackout our windows and hide the fact that we have light.  Now I done a bit of research on this and it is not as easy as it seems.  One idea that always comes up is boarding up all your windows with plywood or something similar. …

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Convert Your Old Maglites to Work with LED Bulbs

I have written before about how I love flashlights.  They fascinate me.  As a result, we have more than we really need.  Everytime a new one comes out, I have to have it.  Because of this, we have several older Maglites.  Now these were good flashlights in their day.  However, with the advent of LED bulbs and the smaller flashlights that are now available most of us have stuck our Maglites in the corner.

The larger Maglites had one advantage over the smaller flashlights they made a decent club.  Back in the day when I was in law enforcement, we liked them for this purpose. …

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