Quick Prepper Tip: Let There Be Light – Alternative Light Sources

By Lisa Metheny published on in Camping & Survival, Gear

Quick Prepper Tips from Cheaper Than Dirt!Perhaps you have lost electricity to your home during an emergency and need a backup source of light. Perhaps the high cost of electricity has you on the look out for alternative lighting options. Whatever the reason, we all need artificial lighting at some point during a 24-hour period. Whether for reading, work, cooking or navigating a set of stairs, light is more than a luxury; it is a necessity to maintain our lifestyles.

Flashlight head and light beam

After a power outage is not the time to start thinking about your options.

No one wants to be in left the dark, so now is the time to think about getting an alternative light source or sources. Here are a few options you may want to consider—before the lights go out.

Solar Powered Lights or Lamps

Pros: Environmentally friendly, little to no electricity charges and no toxic fumes.
Cons: No sunshine means no power, short life/light span and initial investment may be expensive.

Fuel Lanterns (Kerosene, Oil)

Pros: Fuels are readily available and units are often affordable.
Cons: May release toxic fumes (depending upon type of fuel used), fire hazard, must use extreme caution with these units when children or pets are present and some oils may produce odor.

Battery Operated

Pros: Non-toxic, readily available, affordable, portable and safe.
Cons: Need to keep supply of fresh batteries on hand.


Pros: Inexpensive, can be homemade and long-lasting.
Cons: Fire hazard, limited amount of light, dangerous around children or pets and extinguishes easily due to drafts or wind.

Do you have an emergency lighting tip? Share it with us in the comment section.


Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.

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Comments (11)

  • Lisa (author)


    Excellent comments! The goal of the article was to focus on a few popular alternatives sources for light. We can all learned from what others are doing/using for alternative light sources. Thanks again for the comments. Merry Christmas to all of the loyal Cheaper Than Dirt readers!


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