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EMP safe light sources. A light in dark times

Imagine a world without light. Few of us have seen permanent darkness. Even if you walk home at night, lamps will still light your way. Even in the forest, the chances are not bad that enough residual light is shining from civilization. In the event of an EMP strike that would paralyze the entire power supply, we would all find ourselves in considerable darkness. Do you know how to create light after an EMP strike?

Can we get by without light?

One might argue that we don't really need light to survive. In many ways it is true. After the initial chaos as a result of an EMP strike subsides, people will adapt to a life without artificial light (for who knows how long). It would even be healthier because our circulation would synchronize with natural daylight again.

If you want to get to safety far from the cities (keyword: bug-out), it would certainly be problematic to get along without light. But not all of us can curl up. There are just too many people on earth and sooner or later they will form communities.

Light or the creation of light sources is one of the decisive inventions for the flourishing of a civilization. With the help of light we can carry out activities at night, such as reading, learning, producing. And with the illuminated streets and squares, on the one hand we doubled the usable time available to us and on the other hand we reduced the risk of getting into dog poo. Thanks to the light, we have made our survival safer and more comfortable.

And we're only talking about light. An EMP would paralyze the entire power grid and therefore also our communication, warmth and other areas of our lives.

The effects would be devastating.

You don't need a fully lit house after an EMP strike (or any other cause that would cut the power), but a reliable light source will greatly increase your chances of survival.
Solar energy and an EMP?

It has great advantages to obtain your energy from your own solar system and thus to be independent of the local energy suppliers. But solar systems are not immune to electromagnetic impulses.

According to some specialist magazines for solar technology, the solar panels would survive an EMP due to a solar storm, as this would only endanger large transformers. However, in the case of an EMP, the panels would also be destroyed by a nuclear explosion or something similar.

It is also pointed out that even if the panels survived this, all other electrical devices in your house would be toasted. So the solar system would be useless. In addition, many systems are already connected to the local power grid and would be destroyed in this way.

If you have an independent power supply that is isolated from the grid, you can protect it too. For this you have to install your power converter (DC-AC converter) in a Faraday cage. The same applies to the panels and circuit.

Flashlights and an EMP?

There's a lot of debate about whether flashlights would survive an EMP blow. Some argue that the blow would go through the grid first and thus most of the energy would be channeled. Therefore, when the flashlight is off, it should survive the EMP.

However, others say that an EMP would very well destroy a flashlight - even if it is turned off. The EMP could get to the lamp and cause such a surge in volts that the lamp would be ruined. Even the incandescent lamp or LED light would be destroyed.

But we probably cannot say exactly what would actually happen. Because there are only a few tests on this subject - which is not the worst when you consider that many of these tests would be atomic bomb explosions.

With a smaller EMP, flashlights would probably still be intact if they were turned off.
With a larger EMP, a metal flashlight might last, as its sheath would act as a shield.

However, the lens would be a weak point and would have to point in the opposite direction of the EMP in order to remain intact. But we lack reliable knowledge here. For this reason, the flashlights should be protected from an EMP, for example by packing them in a Faraday cage or a special EMP bag (something like this one here or the NATO variant here).

EMP bags protect your electronic devices with alternating layers of metal and polyester alloys. The incoming blow is diverted around the devices by the outer metal layers - which is why the bags are also small Faraday cages.

Candles, oil lamps and other EMP safe lighting options

When the grid goes down, of course, the most reliable light sources are those that don't need electricity. I still recommend keeping a lamp protected in the EMP bag - just because I don't want to run through the forest with a small candle. But it is a good idea to have a couple of candles or oil lamps armed with you.

Above all, this light source can be reproduced sustainably if it burns down. There are a lot of instructions on the net on how to make candles and wicks.