Residential Power Failure Safety Lighting – A New Standard?

Why You Need Power Failure Safety Lights

Power Failures happen to millions every year. A power failure lighting strategy for your home could be as simple as ‘black and light’. Photo: National Grid

I came across a groundbreaking new invention recently while searching for a power failure lighting. It’s likely to change the way we prepare our homes and allow us to see when  power fails.

My client asked me to find a good looking built-in power failure lighting solution for her newly renovated home. I got to thinking that this wasn’t such a bad idea and did some serious research on power failure lights for homes. No standard solutions were available, but I came across a “Residential Power Failure Safety Light” that was invented by PowerSURE Corporation. It’s not on the market yet, but I thought it was a great idea.

According to the U.S. Government, there are hundreds of major power failures across most of the 50 states in the US. The US Energy Information Administration publishes this data in a series of on-going monthly reports that can be found here.  Needless to say, my client was pretty forward thinking in wanting to protect her home with some long lasting, permanent power failure safety lighting. She also wanted them to blend in with her decor, and that’s what struck me when I saw this power failure light. It seemed like a no brainer.

PowerSURE's Power Failure Safety Light

Nice looking solution for millions of homeowners from PowerSURE

I contacted PowerSURE Corporation to find out where I could buy them and was disappointed to find that the lights were operational but they are looking for investors to help them bring them to production. In a separate email, I asked them why the power-grid companies like National Grid, Florida Power and Light, or Duke Energy weren’t asking them to make them available to customers. Their response was that most of the major wiring device manufacturers were already interested in reselling them once PowerSURE manufactured them and the power grid companies would be interested when more manufacturers were selling them. Again, I was disappointed. I hope they make them soon.

I also found something similar that was once offered by Intermatic Corporation known as the EL Series safety light. It’s the same concept as PowerSURE’s but not as elegant and is more industrial looking. The basic premise is that the safety light is an LED light integrated with a standard switch or receptacle and battery powered with long-lived or rechargeable batteries. This makes a lot of sense to me. Electricity goes out and every receptacle i n the house knows it! I’m sure it works if a breaker pops too.

The receptacles or switches are standard form factor and could replace any switch or receptacle anywhere in the home. Sounds like a standard to me. The Power failure light would last 8 hours for rechargeable batteries, and up to 48 hours with the replaceable coin cell batteries. The safety lights also act as night lights. So I could replace any of my client’s switches and receptacles and get power failure lighting coverage whenever a power failure occurred, with the added bonus of having an every night night light!

I read more about PowerSURE’s invention and found out that the night light was dimmable so it could be high for say a bathroom or low for a bedroom. It can also be turned off if you really didn’t want a night light in the bedroom but wanted power failure lighting. Pretty good thinking about homeowner comfort I thought.

The power failure light operation was designed in the same way; it could be dimmed or turned off too. However, if you turned it off, say for example, to conserve battery, and you forgot about it, the next time a power failure occurred, it would come right back on again at full brightness! The model with the rechargeable is charged as long as the power is normal.

Best of all, the light goes off when the room is bright and only comes on when the room is dark because it has a light sensor built-in. I thought the solution was so great that I signed up to stay informed using their contact page.  I want them for my home too.

I could think of numerous locations in my home where they would be a blessing: Bathroom (nice to have a night light with or without power), kitchen, basement, near the breaker panel, stairways, and for finding location of exits, right near the front and back doors. I could just replace the current switches and receptacles and I’d be ready for any power failure.

I reviewed the combination night light and GFCI from Pass & Seymour in a previous post. It has many of the same night light benefits, but is useless in a power outage. Read that review here.

I want to know when these lights come out on the market. They would look good in any room according to the pictures on their website.

Check them out for yourself at www.power-sure.com and see if you don’t agree with me. Tell them Bart Rogers sent you.

Always looking for a cool solution… and this one’s a keeper!

 

- Bart

 

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