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December 1, 2009

The 12 Days of Prepper Christmas

In the spirit of Christmas the Kentucky Preppers Network is going to present a 12 Days of Prepper Christmas series. Each day we will showcase a prepper product that would be a great Christmas gift. Prepper related gifts are a great way to show your family and friends you really care and hopefully spread the idea of preparedness. If you have a hard time talking with friends and family about prepping then getting them started with a prepper gift would be a great way to break the ice.

The series will start today and go on for the next 12 days to make the 12 Days of Prepper Christmas. Outside idea submissions are welcome and if we get a lot of ideas for gifts this series can and will be extended.

Day 1

One of the most important things for a prepper is being able to see at night. Especially off the grid during a storm or localized power outage preppers need to be ready to go without their power grid and still be able to get around at night. This can be accomplished with having plenty of flashlights and off grid lighting solutions. Flashlights are cheap and a great gift for the holidays. A lot of people don't have enough flashlights and the ones they do have might be old and outdated.

Enter in LED technology. It seems that flashlights and lots of other lighting is moving over to LED. There are many advantages to having your flashlights with LED instead of incandescent bulbs. The two main reasons are the life span and energy consumption. Current LED bulbs have a life span of over 100,000 hours. Enough for 11 years of continuous use. LED bulbs also use a fraction of the energy that incandescent bulbs use and will make batteries last, in some cases, twice or three times as long. LED bulbs are available in a variety of colors, emit no UV radiation or heat, are very rugged (as opposed to filament in incandescent bulbs that can be damaged by shock), and are small and simple.

Flashlight makers across the world are switching to the more efficient LED technology and what better gift to give this holiday season than a quality LED flashlight. There are a lot of options to choose from and a lot of different vendors. Golden Gadgets, a website that sells LED flashlights, has a great selection of different models ranging from very bright to all purpose flashlights. Meritline is also a great vendor of a variety of LED flashlights.

For general purpose, and to get your family members started with LED lights I would recommend the 9, 12, or even 21 LED flashlights available from the formentioned vendors. These have a long battery life, and would last the recipient years of use. Most of their flashlights require 3 AAA batteries to power them. The multiple LED flashlights provide a good beam of light and are great for general purpose lighting. The brighter lights do provide a very powerful beam of light but wouldn't be a good for battery life and ultimately not as good for emergency situations. Make sure you get what you think the recipient of the light will like the best, and stay tuned for more great holiday prepper gift ideas.