Emergency Lighting Ideas for Your Holiday Survival Kit

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Emergency Lighting Ideas for Your Holiday Survival Kit

There are days when I think that I am taking steps to earn a PhD in emergency lighting.  Having 4 different flashlights in my nightstand has certainly earned me a masters degree, don’t you think?

Staying with the topic of emergency lighting, today I am introducing three items from OxyLED that are nifty emergency lighting ideas for your holiday survival kit.  One is a combination solar motion detector and lamp, another is a headlamp with motion sensor, and the last is a powerful rechargeable flashlight.

Emergency Lighting Ideas for Your Holiday Survival Kit | Backdoor Survival

I have been testing all three items for the past few weeks and find each of them worthy of finding their way into your survival kit.  The best part, though, is that I have one of each to giveaway. More about that in a moment because first I want to give you the rundown on each of these items.

Emergency LED Lighting from OxyLED

First up is the OxyLED Solar Motion Sensor Lamp, which was the first item I tested.

The way it works is that you set it outside facing an area that will get 4 to 5 hours of sunlight a day.  I set mine on a table under the overhang of my house.  When it gets dark, the upper light comes on, offering a modest amount of light which I consider enough to brighten an area so it is not pitch black.

The magic happens when you walk by.  There is an integrated motion sensor that signals the second, lower LED lamp to turn on.  If found that the combination of two LEDs gave me more than enough light to read and considering that batteries were not required, I was golden.

Next up in my testing schedule was the OxyLED Motion Detecting Headlamp.

There are some that may disagree and say that brightness is the most important feature of a headlamp but I disagree.  Comfort trumps everything because if a headlamp is awkward and uncomforatble, you won’t use it.  Been there done that with three that I purchased at Costco a couple of years back.

Both Shelly (aka the Survival Husband) and I agree that the OxyLED headlamp was comfy.  The fact that you could put it on motion detector mode was a bonus.  You can switch between high, low, and strobe beams, plus you can tilt the lamp up and down to zero in and focus on your work.

This is a great headlamp for the price.

Last up is the OxyLED MD50 Rechargeable Flashlight.  Let me tell you, this is one bright flashlight especially when you consider I did my testing using the included rechargeable battery.  (You can also use AAA batteries but I didn’t bother.)

For testing, I focused the beam out into the desert with the OxyLED in one hand and my HP Coastal in the other.  This is probably not a fair comparison since the HP1 is quite a bit smaller, but the MD50 had almost double the range.  I am convinced if there was rattlesnake out there, I would have seen it.

oxyled flashlight 400

The flashlight has five modes that are accessed by pressing the switch: high, low, medium, turbo-strobe, and SOS.  It comes in a kit that includes an AC charger for the Li-ion battery, adapter for AAA batteries, and a case making it an excellent value.

The Giveaway

The nice folks (and they ARE nice) at Hisgadget are holding one of each of these items for this special Backdoor Survival giveaway.  There will be 3 winners, each getting one of the items.

In one of the easiest giveaways ever, all you need to do to enter is vote for your favorite.  Of course, as always, there will be some additional options for bonus entries, so be sure to check them out in the Rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

The Final Word

As far as I am concerned, you can never have too much food, water, or emergency lighting!  Perhaps that is why I am always on the lookout for new items whether they are lanterns, flashlights, headlamps, or wireless motion detectors.

Each of the items I have shared with you today are well-priced and come from a company that takes customer service seriously.  I encourage you to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some emergency lighting this holiday season.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

If you enjoyed this article, consider subscribing to email updates.  When you do, you will receive a free, downloadable copy of my e-Book, The Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide.

You can also vote for Backdoor Survival daily at Top Prepper Websites!

Below you will find the items related to this article plus selections from the 2015 Prepper’s Gift Guide.

OXYLED MD50 Cree 500 Lumen Bright LED Flashlight Bundle with Rechargeable Batteries & AC Charger:   This sturdy and compact flashlight is lightweight yet delivers an incredibly powerful beam.  It comes with a total of five outputs including 3 brightness levels, Strobe and an SOS option. You can use it with the included Li-ion rechargeable battery or standard AAA batteries.  This is a great flashlight!

OxyLED Solar Motion Sensor LED Wall Mount Light:  There is not much to say about this solar  motion sensor LED light other than it simply works,  It runs for up to ten hours on a full charge, and the photocell sensors automatically turns it on at dusk and off at dawn.

OxyLED Headlamp with Motion Sensor: First of all, this is a comfortable headlamp, something I consider very important. Three AAA batteries power one Cree XP-E white LED light for good, long-distance illumination.  it has a high beam, low beam, and a motion sensor setting.

The Non-Electric Lighting Series (6 Book Series):  These books by Ron Brown are an education on all types of non-electric lighting.  I wrote the foreword in most of them so I might be biased but honestly?  Any one of these books will make a wonderful addition to your preparedness library, although you can also purchase them in print format or singly.

Preppers Holiday Gift Guide | Backdoor Survival

Live Fire Original Emergency Fire Starter: This emergency fire starter is compact and a cinch to use. Completely waterproof! I know because I tried to drown my tin in salt water.  The Live Fire Sport is the same product, but in an even smaller, 1 inch by 2 inch tin. Both would make excellent gifts.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  The LifeStraw is considered the most advanced, compact, ultra light personal water filter available. It contains no chemicals or iodinated resin, no batteries and no moving parts to break or wear out. It weighs only 2oz.  making it perfect for the prepper. For more information, see my LifeStraw review.


Help support Backdoor Survival. Purchases earn a small commission and for that I thank you!


Aff | Tactical Flashlight

[DEAL] Ultrabright Tactical Flashlight

Never be Vulnerable in the Dark Again

Get This Deal
Aff | Tactical Flashlight
[DEAL] Ultrabright Tactical Flashlight Get This Deal

104 Responses to “Emergency Lighting Ideas for Your Holiday Survival Kit”

  1. I would have to vote for the headlamp. I use one every evening when I go to shut up the chickens. It gives me light without having my hands full!

  2. I’m trying to keep all of my battery operated device the same type AA. Even If I have to get adapters.
    That is so much easier than stocking several sizes.

  3. I like the idea of a solar powered motion detector light. Perfect for security and for thos times when you need to check something out back in the middle of the night!the

  4. Having lots of choices for flashlights or lighting sources is always a good idea, redundancy rules! But I shy away from integral battery units except when it can be hand charged (like with a handle or by shaking back and forth.) I have some solar battery chargers, but I doubt they’d help with recharging a built-in battery on a gadget. And my SunJack is reserved for keeping the phones, Kindles and tablets juiced up as necessary.

  5. I like the solar motion detector one. It would be great on the porch for coming home late without having to leave the actual porch lights on.

  6. The Oxyled rechargeable would be ideal for me. I don’t like throwing spent batteries away so this is the answer to that. Lights were out recently and darkness sure puts your mind to thinking about those preps you don’t have yet.

  7. I like the solar powered motion detector light. I get frustrated with my porch light wiring being loose which creates no lighting problems on my front steps. This light would be awesome to have on my front steps.

  8. I like the solar motion detector. Anything that can take care of itself (powering up with the sun) is a winner in my book.

  9. The Oxyled rechargable looks like my choice. Excellent for security, but how long will it run once it goes bright

  10. As a nurse, I would appreciate the headlamp more when I’m taking care of business. I have one already and would like a backup or second one, stashed away.

  11. Great product reviews and giveaway. I hope to win the tabletop motion sensor light. Recently I tried to estimate how long my large candle collection would last in Grid Down and realized I better fortify my lighting redundancy.

  12. I’m really into lighting. It’s a tough call, but I think I have to vote for the flashlight. It would definitely be more reliable than the ones I have currently!

  13. I vote for the head lamp It would free up both hands and being able to tilt it up and down that’s great along with being able to adjust from hi to lowbeam

  14. I like the solar-powered motion detector light. I’ve got several of their SL30 Bright Outdoor LED Lights outdoors at my camping area and they’re great for night-time trips to visit Mrs Murphy.

  15. I don’t understand why a headlamp would need a motion detector. Your head will be constantly moving. Anyway, they look like they have a good bright beam.

  16. I’m torn between the motion detector and the flashlight. I’ll vote for the flashlight since I would use it more regularly.

  17. Any of the three choices would be good. I agree with John on solar power. Our lighting supplies include hand crank, solar power, battery operated, candles and oil lamps. You can never have too many light sources.

  18. The headlamp is the best and, I agree, comfort when using a headlamp is very important. If it isn’t comfortable it doesn’t get used.

  19. I would love to have the head gear lite. That is the only one I’m missing. To be hands free in so may situations, is heaven.

  20. I would go with the head lamp. Hands are free, can be used like a flash light-just put it in your hand. You can also set it down and light up one area. Less likely to lose it if attached to your head. A motion detector has its uses like for a perimeter alarm. This is definatly the one to pick.

  21. Hands free headlamp is my fave. On a normal day I need six hands, so having my only two available makes a big difference!!

  22. You can never have enough flashlights(sound familiar),but I do think the motion sensor lantern would be the right choice for me now.

  23. I vote for the motion sensor light, we live outside the town and it gets really dark, so it would be a big help putting the key in the lock.

  24. I think like the sensor lamp best, because in a SHTF scenario, it would be nice to know if someone was in the area.

  25. My vote goes to the OxyLED Solar Motion Sensor Lamp; for the fact that it does have the motion sensor feature. It would be the most helpful for my husband and I.

  26. I like the Solar light/motion detector combo!!

    Personally useful, and would potentially alert you someone is nearby.

  27. I vote for the motion detection headlamp. I really like having my hands free instead of having to hold on to a flashlight.

  28. Would love the OxyLED Solar Motion Sensor Lamp for my back patio. It currently has poor lighting and I think this would be a huge help when I let the dogs in and out.

  29. I’m going to go with the headlamp. You say it’s comfortable, which is a big plus. I’ve used headlamps and most are anything but comfortable. Hands free lighting is always a plus when you are trying to do something in poor or no light.

  30. The OxyLED Solar Motion Sensor Lamp is very appealing. I appreciate the battery-free operation as I occasional forget to maintain my other home security devices. I fear “human rattlesnakes” more than reptiles.

  31. The mounted light–is it waterproofed to use as an outdoor light, or is it strictly interior? Very cool either way.

  32. I like the rechargeable flashlight. My husband and I were talking tonight about getting another flashlight and this one would be perfect. Especially the way we run through batteries.

  33. I like the hand held flashlight the best. I have 2 headlamps from my truck driving days and they both work well when I need to be hands free.

  34. Didn’t think about necessity of so much lighting. I would vote for headlamp bc it’s most versatile – can make it into a lantern w jig of water, wear it, focus it, etc.

  35. The head light is the most useful when you need your hands to work. Though any light, when light is needed, will work.

  36. the headlamp would be my first pick. I am somewhat disabled and this would be the most benefical for me. Thank you

  37. The headlamp looks like it would be well balanced, with the batteries in the back. Not sure how the motion detector part would work.

  38. The headlamp looks great (and I could use a new one for SAR callouts), but that rechargeable flashlight looks pretty handy, too.

Leave a Reply