Wednesday, December 01, 2021 by Virgilio Marin
Lighting a candle is one of the most reliable ways to light up a room. Sure, there are other sources of light like flashlights, headlamps and solar-powered landscape LED lights that will come in handy during grid-down situations. But when the power outage takes longer than expected, you’ll need a back-up plan to keep the light and heat in your home.
Take a look at the following types of candles and how much they cost per hour to burn: (h/t to ModernSurvivalBlog.com)
Besides burn time, there are other things you need to consider when buying candles: (h/t to PrimalSurvivor.net)
You need to figure out how many emergency candles you’ll need. First, determine how many hours of lighting you’ll need per day and how many days you’re preparing for. A good rule of thumb is to estimate at least six hours of lighting per day and prepare for a minimum of three days of emergency lighting.
Now, calculate the total hours of lighting. Multiply the number of hours of lighting per day by the number of days you’re preparing for. You’ll probably need 18 hours of lighting for the entire duration of a three-day power outage. (Related: Putting together a three-day survival kit: What you’ll need in an emergency.)
Don’t forget to calculate how much space you’ll illuminate. Some candles burn brighter than others, but in general, you’ll need five to 10 candles per room. Therefore, if a candle’s burn time is nine hours, you’ll need 10 to 20 candles per room for 18 hours of lighting.
Take a look at the following safety tips to prevent fires:
Be sure to store your emergency candles away from direct sunlight to prevent the wax from melting. Though electric sources of light are safer, candles still have a place in your prepping toolkit. Use this guide when preparing for a power outage.
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