Friday, June 19, 2015

Power Failure Light Review

I recently attended the CERT program training classes in our area.  Over a period of several days, our class learned a great deal about emergency response and being prepared to help in a disaster.  In our area, that would most likely be a tornado, or possibly an earthquake, but the classes also covered blizzards, floods, volcano eruptions, mud slides, and more.   That training could easily come in handy while traveling.

In addition to emergency response techniques including putting putting out a small fire, we learned a lot about being prepared for the disaster before it occurs so we could act quickly when needed.  Part of the very basic preparedness is something everyone should do whether you are CERT trained or not.  Every home should have a power failure light that automatically comes on during power outages.


Sylvania Power Failure Light


This is a very simple way to assure light in area darkness.  The LED Sylvania Power Failure Light is actually a 3 in 1 light.  When the power is on, it acts as a night light.  I placed one in each of the hallways in our home and one in our kitchen.   The nightlight is a bit too bright for us to have in a bedroom, but it would be perfect for a child's bedroom.



When the electricity goes out, the LED flashlight comes on.   It provides a flood of light so you can easily see it and the surrounding area.  The very best attribute is that you can remove it from the electrical outlet, fold under the collapsible plug, and carry it like any other flashlight.


Pros of the Sylvania Power Failure Light
  • Cost under $15
  • Power Failure Light, Nightlight, Flashlight all in one
  • Built-in Rechargeable Batteries
  • Nightlight Feature can be Turned Off
  • Bright LED Flashlight light
  • Lightweight


Cons of the Sylvania Power Failure Light
  • Non-Replaceable Bulb
  • Unit may last less than a year
  • Flashlight battery only lasts about 3 hours


Conclusion


Because of it's brightness, I actually prefer this emergency light to some others even though it will most likely only last a year.  I would rather spend $15 a year and have a very bright flashlight than to purchase a longer lasting unit that doesn't provide as much light.  

I think a combination of power failure lights would be optimal.  This one for it bright light and a different one for longevity in case the lights are out for longer than 3 hours.

I selected the Amerelle 71134CC Slimline Power Failure Lite as our back-up light.  It has the same automatic on response when the electricity goes out and can also be carried like a flashlight.  It lasts 24+ hours, but it is not as bright as the Sylvania LED Power Failure Light.

I keep wondering, why did I not know about these really awesome power failure lights before!


     




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7 comments:

  1. What an excellent product to own! We live in the country and when the power goes out, it's really, REALLY dark. Although we have emergency flashlights, we don't have anything like this. I love that the plug folds in so you can carry the light like a flashlight. The price is definitely right, too. Thanks for this!

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  2. This light would be perfect for power failures and emergencies. I've never gone to a CERT training, but I definitely know what to do in case of a hurricane, having 'evacuated' twice in my lifetime. (Always need to be prepared when you live in a coastal community!).

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  3. Ah, yes - excellent advice. Being a rural dweller, the power can be off for some time. So I like the idea of having multiple sources of emergency light. But one that doubles as a night light and rechargeable, too - that's my kind of double duty. Now you have me ready to check both of those lights.

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  4. This is an excellent suggestion - I'm going to keep this one in mind next time I'm out and about - would love to have one of these - we use LED night lights everywhere, but the power failure aspect of this makes it a must-have - thanks for the heads-up on another nifty product

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  5. This would be perfect for the hall. Currently I have an ordinary night light there.

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  6. always good to be prepared. a power failure light seems like a great idea!

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  7. What a great product. Thanks for the review!

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