Wednesday, February 15, 2012

~ Great Idea for Power Outages ~

                                                                                    Home Depot

I received this in an email today and figured with spring storms and then hurricanes, it might prove helpful to some. Who would have thought!!  Might be worth a try ~

I have a friend who used her solar lights inside at night when her current was off during a hurricane. She stuck them in a jar or bottle and said they gave off plenty of 'free light'. She put one in each room and would put them back outside in the daytime and bring them in at night as long as the current was off. They are safe to use and cheaper than batteries. Bring in a solar light one night and test it.

Due to a thunderstorm, we lost power for about 5 hours. We were scrambling around in the darkness, looking for matches, candles, flashlights, etc. We looked outside, and noticed our solar lights shining brightly all around our patio, stairs, dock, etc. They were beautiful. My wife walked outside, and brought several of the solar lights inside.

We stuck the solar light pipes into plastic drink bottles containers and they made the nicest, brightest, safest, lighting you could ever imagine.

We put one in the bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, etc. There was plenty of light. There are all types of solar lights available. We bought ours at Harbor Freight. We put them all around our yard. They look nice and they do not attract flying bugs like the outdoor lights around our doorway.

The lights we have fit into the small (20 oz) water bottles and they also fit into most of the larger liter bottles. If you need a weight in the plastic bottle to keep them from tipping over, you can put a few of the pretty colorful "flat marbles" that they put in aquariums, and vases. (you can also use sand, aquarium gravel, etc., whatever you have available).

The lights we have were perfect inside our home. They burn all night long if you need them.

The next day, you just take your solar lights back outside and they will instantly recharge and be ready for you to use again any time you need them.

Perfect for power outages, hurricanes, etc. I never thought of it and now you don't have to. So go buy 3-4 solar yard lights--they're cheap!


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Great idea Pat..I'll use this one for sure..Hope you have a GREAT Wednesday my dear friend..I send you an email did you get it..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Debbiedoo's said...

Awesome idea Pat. We have some solar lights too. COuld have used this idea back in my SOuth Florida days and hurricanes. Power out for weeks at a time.

Ginger Zuck said...

What a great idea, who would have thought?? Next power outage, their coming in!!

Candace said...

What a fabulous idea!!

Karina Russell said...

I thought about this, but never actually tried it. I'm glad to know it works and wish I'd thought of it when we went days without power after H. Katrina!

Lisa said...

Why do I never think of things like that? What a great idea!!

Daffodil Hill said...

What a clever idea! I am your newest follower:-)

Jacqueline said...

I wouldn't have ever thought of that! That is a great idea and as I like them out in the garden I have a few. Guess I will have to get more this year. They have definitely improved them and they now give off a lot more light.

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Pat,

This is a wonderful idea.


Lisa said...

What a brilliant idea...I am definitely sshowing this to my hubby. Love to YOU!

nanny said...

What a wonderful idea. I have lots of them in the flower If I can remember this idea...ha

Karena said...


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Janice@GypsyFarmGirl said...

Great idea! I'll use this as an excuse to by lights for the yard!Fortunately, our power isn't out very often, but you need to be prepared when it does.

Julie Harward said...

I think this is a real good idea Pat...and also my big dog wouldn't be able to chew them anymore! LOL

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Thanks so much for this great Idea Pat. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend with your family.
Also thank you for becoming my newest follower on my Blog. I also follow you but. I don't have a photo for my new Linky followers yet.
xxoo Diane

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

What a great idea! During the Christmas season, I put battery operated candles in all our windows, and they were timed to automatically light up for eight hours each day. When I took them out of the windows at the end of January, I set them on a dresser in a spare bedroom so the batteries could run out. They are still lit every night, and I enjoy the warm glow. Thank you for stopping by! I am your newest follower.

Cindy said...

That is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!