You probably have at least a few flashlights at present, maybe quite a few. In considering whether to update your flashlight collection, consider what you’ve got now. (That’s a tip that may turn out to be quite useful. It might even save you some money.)
Some of them may not work due to age, dead bulbs, corrosion, or other reasons. Some of them–maybe most of them– are fine, and you might consider where you keep them. How convenient is it to get to them when needed?
I’ve had my share of useless old flashlights lying around. This picture is luckily a bit out of date now, but it makes the point:
Several of these were useless and had to be thrown away, but we still have most of them. For me, being a packrat was part of the problem. I had kept too many old flashlights that used bulbs. Now with LED lights so widespread, they are better choices. And I’ve added a small bright orange tactical flashlight that is one of my favorites.
Finding Those Flashlights
We had ours mainly in a junk drawer, but we had the advantage of having moved just a few years ago. If you’ve been in the same home for a long time, chances are your flashlights have crept around to odd places. But then if they’ve done that, they might not even count as ones you know about! Really if you don’t know about it, you might as well not have it.
Flashlights to Keep Handy
These are some flashlights I recommend to everyone:
- Something near your bed, easy to grab
- Flashlights near the doors to your home
- One in each vehicle
- An easy-to-grab LED flashlight in purse, tote bag, or backpack
- A pocket-sized one for people who don’t carry a purse, tote bag, or backpack
Depending on your home and your activities, there may be some more.
What Flashlights Do You Have Now? That You Can Think Of?
I’m not asking you to drop everything and make an exhaustive list of every one that every member of your household has someplace… What can you remember off the top of your head? Please add a bit of a list in the comments! And if you post questions there, I’ll answer them!