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How to Create Light During a Power Outage

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During a power outage, there are still things you can do to have light in your home just by using day to day things and other stuff you might have in storage.

5-Minutes Crafts has found 6 ways for you to still have light, even if the power’s out.

1. Using candles

If you have a few candles at hand, you can turn to those.

  • Having a candle lantern can help ensure safety.
  • Candles provide a low light, but burn for a long time.
  • Do not extinguish the candle with water. This can increase the flame and even break any glass container the candle might be in.
  • Do not blow on the candle to extinguish it.
  • Extinguish the candle by smothering the flame. The recommended way is to use a snuffer.

2. Making a sardine oil lamp

  • Empty the container of sardines.
  • Place a natural fiber string into the remaining oil.
  • Leave it slightly over the edge of the container.
  • The string will absorb the oil, and it will burn for a long time.
  • Light the wick once it’s fully soaked.

3. Using crayons as candles

  • If you want, you can melt the pointy part of the crayon first.
  • You can use the melted wax to make a stand for your crayon candle.

Important: Burn it on a fire safe surface, like for example glass.

4. Using a flashlight

Flashlights are always nice to keep at hand. A handheld one or even a bigger one that illuminates the room more, will do the trick.

5. Using glow sticks

Glow sticks usually aren’t that expensive and they last for a long time.

  • Place them in the corners of your room to create ambient light.
  • You can tie them to your clothes, and they will act almost like a flashlight.
  • Some colors might even be bright enough to read with.

6. Making a candle out of an orange

You’ll need an orange and cooking oil for this one.

  • Cut all the way around the center of the orange’s peel. Make sure to not hit the flesh of the orange.
  • With your thumb placed between the peel and the flesh, carefully loosen the peel of the orange by rotating it.
  • After it’s loosened up, with your hands on both ends of the orange, slowly twist it until you’re left with only the peel.
  • Place the peel on a fire retardant material.
  • Pour the oil slowly over the top of the wick (center column), to soak it.
  • Light the center column of the orange.
  • Add oil as you go to maintain the flame.
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