With loadshedding worsening by the day, here are four must-haves to get you through the darkness in 2024.

Keep the lights on during loadshedding with four tips from Eurolux

Solar outdoor lights

You do not need to get a full solar photovoltaic (PV) system to keep things illuminated. By installing a handful of solar lights around your property and perimeter wall, you can absorb the sun’s energy during the day, store them in the fittings’ rechargeable batteries, and have outdoor lights at night. “When the sun sets, this energy that has been harvested is used to turn on the fixture and you are provided with some level of illumination for up to three hours,” says Eurolux’s team. While solar-powered lighting works well with illuminating flower beds and architectural features, there is the added benefit of providing a sense of security. “Intruders look for dark corners to lurk in. If the power goes out while you are asleep or away for the weekend, your home will be shrouded in darkness, making it a prime target. Solar floodlights, whether they are on throughout the night or switch on when movement is detected, are a great deterrent for would-be intruders and give you the peace of mind that your home is well-lit when it needs to be,” adds Eurolux.

Rechargeable bulbs

These bulbs have been designed to function when there is no electricity available. “They contain an internal battery that charges up when switched on and there is power supply. As soon as the electricity goes off, the bulb automatically turns on, powered by the now fully charged internal battery,” says Eurolux. The types of bulbs should give users up to three hours of illumination, which is usually enough time to cover loadshedding stages, while also having enough time to recharge until the next one.

Rechargeable emergency lights

While these used to be important for campers and hikers, they have become increasingly more popular with regular home users thanks to loadshedding. “Our range of emergency lights and bulbs come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some are charged by plugging them into a socket when electricity is available while others are solar powered,” explains the lighting manufacturer.

Rechargeable fans

During summer, a cool breeze is a welcome distraction from the rising temperatures. You can even go a step further with a portable rechargeable misting fan. “These fans are lightweight and can be moved around the home as you need it. Simply fill up the built-in water tank and switch it on to enjoy a fine mist of water and a cool breeze from a powerful fan,” says the team. “Eurolux Lighting has a range of fans that are reliable and convenient, as well as rechargeable fans without the misting feature. They are compact and can be charged via supplied USB cable


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