The number of lumens in flashlights is always the top point that people bring up. Let’s clarify what they are and what you actually need. When the lights go out, what’s your plan? Do you know exactly where your flashlights and lanterns are? Good. Are they strong enough?
This guide to will shine some light on your flashlight lumen questions. We’re going to cover how to prepare for a blackout or grid-down scenario so you’re not left in the dark wondering what went wrong. We’ll cover how many lumens you need for flashlights and what kind of survival kit is ideal to prep.
How Many Do You Need
If you’re in the market for a new flashlight or lantern. You may be wondering exactly how many lumens you should get this time. And what exactly is a lumen?
As you might have guessed, it’s true.
More is better when it comes to lumens. A lumen is a measurement of energy. Not illumination. But energy.
The more lumens a light has, the brighter it is. So how many do you really need?
As always it depends on what you’re going to use it for. In general, 20-40 lumens is good for indoor use. If you’re going to go outside with it to search for a campsite, you may want to go with a light brighter than 70 lumens.
Now there are tactical flashlights that have upwards of 1000 lumens. But those lights are for just that. Tactical purposes. The lights get very hot when being used.
How many lumens does your heavy-duty flashlight have? 500? 1000?
Too many lumens may be overkill.
Some flashlights with a high number of lumens are only necessary for some professions that require that level of light power.
Some mechanics use flashlights that have lumens in that number range. But they have to be able to get light into some deep and dark corners of a car engine. Not have to see into their home hallways and kitchen when they don’t have power.
Stocking a blackout kit is a good step to take for preparing for power outages.
Having a blackout survival kit prepped will be ideal. The kit should have illumination and fire starters. Lots of candles and lighters.
Hopefully, this guide has shed some light on you ( no pun intended ).
Now you have some understanding of illumination and what means what. Use these tips when going to buy any lighting gear.
To recap your home lighting plan for power outages.
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