LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE
Repeatedly, the most annoying aspect of PSPS events is the absence of household lights at night. Countless PSPS “survivors” report that, even after five days without power, they still walk into a room and reach for the light switch.
With sufficient batteries and enough devises to put them in, there’s no reason to go lightless through a PSPS night. Almost all flashlights sold today employ light emitting diodes (LEDs) instead of bulbs, which results in longer battery life and more lumens of light.
Among the innovative uses of LEDs are the inflatable, floatable, solar-powered lights that are bright enough to read by and soft enough to serve as comforting night lights. One of the first on the market was the Luci light, by MPowered, which typically cost about $20 each and make ideal holiday gifts. They can be charged in direct sunlight or under a lamp.
Other useful lights for PSPS events are LED puck lights that typically take three AAA batteries, adhere to flat surfaces and can be turned on and off with a press of the hand. Brilliant Evolution Wireless makes warm white versions with a run time of 100 hours. They’re sold in three-and six-pack units
and average less than $10 per light.