This post isn’t likely to help the 1.2 million people currently without power on the East Coast (meaning currently without Internet access), but maybe it can help some of you plan for a future power outage. Here in Atlanta, we’ve already had a couple of power surges just in the past few weeks — I’ve heard through the grapevine (and a reliable source) that there’s some tinkering going on with the Southeastern power grid. True or not, it’s got me thinking about what I can do to prepare my home and family should we be without power for any extended period of time. (As a matter of fact, as I write this a nasty thunderstorm is crossing Atlanta right now, the day before July 4th.)
Right now, the power panel for my home is in the basement workshop. The very dark, no-windows workshop. When we lose power, I inevitably have to go hunting for a flashlight just to find my way through my… let’s say unorganized… workshop. Well, I’ve had enough of that. I’ve installed the Mr. Beams Home Power Outage Lighting System 3, with a Ceiling Light in my basement workshop and a Stair Light in the upstairs hallway – where its light will affect the largest area.
It’s a patent-pending system that works just as described: When your power goes out for any reason, instantly light up your home. As soon as the power goes out, the Power Outage Detector lights-up and sends a radio signal activating all Mr. Beams wireless LED lights throughout your home.