Be prepared for loadshedding with rechargeable LED light bulbs.
One simple and cost-effective solution that doesn’t require an expensive inverter is the use of rechargeable LED light bulbs. These bulbs work like standard LED bulbs when there’s electricity, but they have a built-in rechargeable battery. When there’s a power failure, these bulbs continue to light up your home using their built-in battery.
Assuming you’ve used the light enough and the battery is fully charged, the backup light is activated by completing the continuity between the positive and negative terminals on the bulb. By simply touching your finger across these two terminals, you complete the circuit and the light switches on. This clever design allows you to control the continuity with the light switch, so even without power, the light switch can still turn the light on or off.
To fix this, start by cleaning the terminals inside the light fitting. Ensure the power is off and use steel wool to clean the contacts. Corrosion on the terminals inside switches may also cause poor contact, so check these as well.
For those who need a dimmable option, consider the Eurolux Rechargeable Emergency Lamp, a 5W bulb with three preset brightness levels that can be controlled using a regular light switch. To adjust the brightness simply switch it on once and the bulb lights up at 100%, switch off and on again and the bulb dims to 50% brightness, switch off and on for the 3rd time and it dims to 25% brightness, giving you better control of the level of brightness and extending battery life.
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