My first experience with an oil lamp was at my grandparents’ house several years ago. We were sitting in the basement playing Scrabble (my grandpa’s favorite game) when suddenly the lights went out. Poof.
If you have ever been in a room without windows and no light, well, then you know – it’s almost impossible to see.
My grandma calmly got up from the card table and made her way to the far corner of the room where a lonely oil lamp sat. It was a simple, clear glass table lamp they’ve had for years, no bells or whistles, but when my grandma lit the wick, that little lamp put out a welcoming light, bright enough for us to resume our Scrabble game.
Going off the grid?
Yep, they’ll be there ready to give you bright light. No outlets or cords required.
Non-electric lighting is like insurance for the unexpected. It’s nice to know that if that winter storm heads your way or if your local power lines go down, you’ll still have enough light to get by.
If you’re using an oil lamp or lantern for the first time, check out our how-to videos below.
You can also find Lehman’s frequently asked lighting questions by clicking here.
Let there be light!