Energy crisis: Genius light bulb hack to provide light during potential winter blackouts |

2022-10-09 12:17:41 By : Mr. Zhike Wang

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In the National Grid’s winter outlook report, the unlikely - but possible - scenario of predefined power cuts was raised. This would leave households with three-hour periods where electricity is cut off.

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One man spoke to GB news about her savvy idea for keeping power during these periods should the power shortages happen.

He told the news outlet: “Good morning, greetings from South Africa. We’ve had power outages for the last 10 years and we can buy light bulbs that charge up when not being used.

“We have about two-hour outages a day and we cope with it quite well. The bulbs last for about two hours.”

These light bulbs may prove to be an important energy hack if these blackouts are to occur during the winter.

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A pack of four Laborate Lighting Rechargeable LED light bulbs with battery backup, emergency LED bulb, LED 60-watt bulb are available at Amazon for £72.79.

At Argos, a larger source of light, the Lutec Pepper Rechargeable Portable Light, is currently retailed online at £40.

This rechargeable light has up to 16 million colour options and can include preset scenes such as forest, romance and fire.

The website states that they are “ideal for camping trips and evenings in the garden”, however, could alternatively come in handy during the event of these pre-planned power outages.

Investing in rechargeable light bulbs means that you can access electricity no matter what.

Additionally, it could reduce cost over time, as they are an item that can simply be recharged as opposed to continually repurchased.

Plus, it does not pose the same fire hazard that lighting candles may create.

Green Matters added: “Rechargeable bulbs also often use LED light, which doesn't get as hot as traditional light bulbs (even if they're on for hours) and is also much more energy efficient overall.”

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This Winter Outlook covers the period from October 31, 2022, to March 31, 2023.

Two scenarios have been outlined regarding electricity this winter.

The first scenario is reduced electricity imports from Europe, which would require the National Grid to deploy its mitigation strategies.

The second is reduced electricity imports from Europe combined with insufficient available gas supply in Great Britain.

The report from the National Grid reads: “Should this scenario happen, it may be necessary to initiate the planned, controlled and temporary rota load shedding scheme under the Electricity Supply Emergency Code (ESEC).

“In the unlikely event we were in this situation, it would mean that some customers could be without power for pre-defined periods during a day – generally this is assumed to be for 3-hour blocks.

“This would be necessary to ensure the overall security and integrity of the electricity system across Great Britain.

“All possible mitigating strategies would be deployed to minimise the disruption.”

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