Re: alternative energy
I have a solar charged, battery operated landscape light that I bought at Walmart.
Usually it just provides a decent glow over the backyard every night. During the last night time power outage I propped it up in the living room so it shone on the ceiling.
While not particularly bright like a regular lamp, when your eyes got used to it the light was more than adequate to illuminate the whole room.
I now have 3 of the lights for just this purpose.
As for something worthy of an alternative energy forum subject, I don't know if all the above really qualifies.
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