The Essential Guide to Choosing the Right Emergency Light for Your Home

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The Essential Guide to Choosing the Right Emergency Light for Your Home

Follow these tips and you’ll find the perfect emergency lights to keep your home bright even when the power fails.

Stormy weather, unexpected accidents, rolling blackouts – you never know when you’ll get caught in the dark. The last thing you want is to be stumbling around, trying not to bump into furniture or trip over toys. While candles can provide temporary relief, they aren’t the safest solution. And fumbling around to light them is less than ideal. What you need is a trusty rechargeable emergency light to illuminate your path until the electricity comes back on.

This guide will explore how to choose a rechargeable emergency light designed to withstand the test of a power outage while still providing the bright, long-lasting glow you need.

  • Power Source
    First things first – determine how the emergency light is powered. While some run on disposable batteries, rechargeable options are ideal for preparedness. They can be powered up before a forecasted outage and offer continuous light without having to swap out batteries. Look for lithium-ion batteries that hold a charge over time.
  • Battery Life
    In a short outage, a few hours of light may be fine. But for extended blackouts during severe weather, you need an emergency light that can go the distance. Ideally, seek out rechargeable models that provide up to 3 hours of light or more per charge. That gives you flexibility if the power is out for an unknown period.
  • Brightness And Illumination Range
    Lumens indicate brightness, so look for emergency lights with at least 200-600 lumens. That provides enough illumination for most household activities without being blindingly bright. Also check the beam distance or range. A good emergency light will shine up to 20 to 50 metres to cover a decent area. This helps you safely navigate rooms, hallways, and stairs when the lights go out.
  • Multiple Lighting Modes Add Versatility
    The ideal emergency light does more than just turn on when the power fails. Look for adjustable brightness levels to light up a small area without glare. Flashing and SOS modes allow the light to double as a distress signal. Night light functionality provides ambient lighting for navigating safely.
  • Size and Portability
    Think about where you want to use your emergency light and how portable it needs to be. Small, handheld lights are great for checking on things around the house. But for stationary illumination, larger lights that can stand on a table or mount on the wall are useful. Models with handles or straps allow you to hang or mount the light for hands-free convenience.
  • Design
    Finally, consider the light’s design. Will it blend into your home’s style, or will it look out of place when not in use? Is the size and shape convenient for placement on counters, shelves, or hanging on walls? Look for compact but powerful lights that fit your spaces.

Where you place emergency lights during a power outage is just as important as the lights themselves. Here are some of the best spots in your home:

  • Main living areas: Your family room, kitchen, dining room – where you spend the most time. 
  • Hallways and staircases: Avoid bumps and falls throughout the home’s circulation paths.
  • Bathrooms: Be able to find the toilet and sink safely!
  • Bedrooms: One by each bed gives everyone visibility at night.
  • Entryways and exits: Illuminate doors so they’re easy to find.
  • Utility/storage rooms: Find your way safely if retrieving supplies.
  • Basement: Musty basements need light the most!

Power outages can strike at any time without warning. But with the right emergency lights installed in key spots, you can stay safe and keep your home illuminated. Just follow this guide when choosing emergency lights, think strategically about placement, and test them regularly. Let me know if you have any other emergency lighting questions.

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