How to Create Light During a Power Outage
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.