A d.light for those pesky power cuts
You feel very close to a storm here in the French countryside when it is rattling away outside your window and the advice is to sit tight and take plugs and telephone cables out of the wall sockets.
But I recently bought a d.light solar lamp so at least I knew I had some illumination should the house be plunged in to darkness.
The lamp features a solar panel that plugs in to the side of the lamp, and if placed in the sunshine swiftly charges up the battery offering you light as well as the chance to charge up basic mobile phones.
Within the sturdy orange casing you have a highly efficient LED bulb that offers up four different light settings from a high option that easily fills a room, to a bedroom side light for those that need a little reassurance.
D.light developed the lamp to enable people living in countries dependent on kerosene or other fuels for lighting to have a safe and renewable option, letting people cook, read and study without the fumes and risks of oil based fuels.
And the lamps have proven so successful that two other smaller versions have been developed, again featuring solar panels that enable people to take them with them to work, or for children to use when studying.
Any of the d.light lamps could prove a handy tool to get you through the next power cut should the dark clouds rumble in to view.
Amazon: d.light S250 Solar LED Lantern