Best Emergency Light Sticks

Best Emergency Light Stick – What Is It?

Emergency lights are useful tools to have when there is no electricity or gas. They provide illumination during darkness time. There are various types of emergency lighting, which include: flashlights, lanterns, headlamps and emergency light sticks. These items come in different sizes and shapes. Some of them may even be battery operated. You need to choose the one that suits your needs best and is comfortable for you to hold while using it.

The following table lists some of the most common emergency light sticks.

Type Size Weight Battery powered Flashlight 2x1x0.5 cm 1.2 g LED flashlight Headlamp 3x3x0.6 cm 4 g Bulb light Lantern 6×4×1.8 cm 20 g Fluorescent lamp Candle Lighter 5×2×1 mm 7 mg Paraffin lighter Candle Torch 0.25×0.75×1 mm 10 mg Gas torch


A flashlight is a small portable device with a bright light source. Most of these devices use batteries to run their lights. A flashlight is used primarily for safety reasons since they give off heat and could cause burns if not handled properly. The flashlight will allow you to see things in dimly lit areas such as dark alleys or other places where you would normally be unable to see without one.


A headlamp is a lighting tool that fits on your head like a helmet. It typically has the light source in front and has adjustable straps for a secure and comfortable fit. These tools are typically used by hikers, campers, cavers, hunters and other people who spend an extended amount of time outdoors at night.


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A lantern is a portable lighting device that is powered by either gas or batteries. It was originally designed to be used for lighting in the long winter months when nights get darker and longer. Lanterns are made in a variety of sizes and shapes. Some of them are very decorative and can even be hung up on a wall or placed on flat surface.

Light Stick

A light stick is a small plastic tube with glow in the dark material inside of it. The light stick is typically twisted or snapped in half to activate the chemicals and to produce light. These tools are very useful in situations where you may have to search for something in the dark such as a night time home invasion or power outage.


A candle is an object that provides light and heat through the process of combustion. The cheapest and easiest way to make use of a candle is to purchase one from a local store or market. However, if you find yourself in a survival situation it is also possible to make a candle from animal fat and a wick.


A lighter is a tool used to produce fire. It consists of a metal or plastic case containing a volatile liquid. The liquid is mixed with a special chemical on the inside of the case that can easily be scratched off by a rough surface on the side of the case. Ingesting the mixed fuel from a lighter can have dangerous toxic effects on your internal organs such as your liver and kidneys.


A torch is a lighting device formed by enhancing a solid piece of inflammable material or by binding together separated pieces of inflammable material. The first torches were made from wood and leaves, then later on people started using animal fats and oils such as sheep fat to fuel them. In modern times torches are still used in coal mines for lighting.

Gas Torch

A gas torch is a portable lighting device using gas as a fuel source. They typically use either propane or natural gas. The gas mixes with oxygen in a special container and the torch head produces a flame. It is important that these torches are properly ventilated since the by-product of combustion is carbon dioxide which can poison a person in a sealed area.

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A match is a tool used for starting fires. During the 18th century, the first friction match was invented. This type of match needed to be struck on a surface in order to stay lit. In 1826 the first ‘book’ of matches was published containing 24 matches and sold for the price of one penny. Today, most matches are chlorine free and made from P-Cellulose and they are still sold in books with around 36 matches in them.

Flint and Steel

A flint and steel is a tool used for creating fire. The tools were well known in medieval times, in fact almost every home had them along with the knowledge of how to use them. The flint creates a spark by making metal (such as the steel) move over other metal (such as the flint). This spark can be directed onto some tinder (very dry plant material) to start a fire.

Fire Piston

The fire piston is an ancient invention that uses the expanding gas created by a burning material to push a piston to hit another piece of wood which would create a spark. The expanding gas is forced into a hollow tube which has been sealed at one end with a piece of wood, this piece of wood is attached to the piston which then hits the second piece of wood and causes the spark. The spark sets fire to some tinder which can then be used to start a fire.


There are many different chemicals that can be used to create a burst of flames. The type of chemical that is chosen is dependent on the situation. There are also multiple ways to ignite the flame created by the chemicals, these include: combining the chemicals with a spark, exposing them to extreme heat or simply throwing them on a very hot surface.

Sources & references used in this article:

Emergency light fixture by J Steiger, S Mulligan – US Patent 5,446,629, 1995 – Google Patents

Chemiluminescent aerosol spray by HR Miller – US Patent App. 12/287,653, 2010 – Google Patents

Watercraft navigation light system by RJ Authier – US Patent 5,416,670, 1995 – Google Patents

Holder and packaging for a hardened medicated matrix by MA Hadaway, DE Kramer, RJ Best – US Patent 5,296,234, 1994 – Google Patents

Polygonal chemiluminescent lighting device by F Kaplan – US Patent 5,043,851, 1991 – Google Patents

Chemiluminescent light element dispensing and activating apparatus by JW Dodson – US Patent 4,959,756, 1990 – Google Patents

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Carols by glow sticks: a retrospective analysis of Poisons Information Centre data by R Cairns, JA Brown, AH Dawson… – Medical journal of …, 2018 – Wiley Online Library