Flashlights are terrific for focused, directional lighting, but they don’t always fill the bill when it comes to emergency lighting. Sometimes what’s most helpful is ambient lighting that lights up an entire room or area. We discovered this on a recent camping trip when we used the lantern portion of outdoor solar path lights. We left them outdoors to charge during the daytime, and by the time the sun went down, they were fully charged. We removed the lantern from the post and kept two or three of them in our tent. They provided soft light throughout the tent.
However, when it was time for a nighttime trip to the outdoors potty, we needed the directional light of a flashlight. Lesson learned: both types of lighting are important in an emergency.
It’s super easy to make your own solar lanterns. Stores like Target, Walmart and Home Depot carry inexpensive solar pathway lights. Look for a style that is very basic and easily allows the removal of the lantern. Once they’re charged, they can be used as is or you can follow these instructions for something more aesthetically pleasing.
So, stock up on a variety of flashlights, headlamps and batteries, and then add a few solar lanterns for important ambient lighting.
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