Monday, March 18, 2013

Oil Lamps

Someone asked about my oil lamps that I talked about in a previous post, and I thought that I would just answer them here.
Q 1: What kinds are they?  The larger one is an antique Giant, that I got at an antique mall.  The other I think came from Wal-Mart.
Q 2:  Do they produce good light?  These two lamps are the only oil lamps I've ever used, so I can't compare them to an Aladdin for example. Would I want them for everyday use?  No.  Good for power outage?  You bet.  I would like to get several more, but I'm still researching what will work best for us.
I just love the soft glow of an old lamp, don't you?

4 comments:

  1. My husband loves old oil lambs. He has picked up several over the years. They are great in a power outage. They also add some country charm to any room :)

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  2. I have a few cheap ones from Walmart. They are good for power outages just as long as the kids know to use caution around them. They are better than using candles.

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  3. Those are so wonderful!
    I wouldn't want to have to use them everyday. But, we use ours in a pinch! They are nice to have on hand for emergencies. It helps to have the oil too.
    I also think there are versions you can make with veg-oil as well. But, I've never tried it.

    I'm getting my supplies together right now to make some of my electric lamps into battery operated. I found a neat tutorial online. Our house has limited electric outlets since it's old...so battery operated lamps would be perfect!
    I want one for my bedroom and my new office space.

    I hope to do a post about it soon.
    Pat

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  4. This is a little freaky actually. Only last night as I lay in bed I was looking up on my phone about how to make oil lamps. :D How wonderful to wake up to a post on them.
    These are the 2 links I found:
    http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com.au/2009/07/how-to-make-oil-lamp.html?m=1
    and
    http://www.motherearthnews.com/Do-It-Yourself/Make-Olive-Oil-Lamp.aspx?page=2#axzz2NtM9fRuZ
    and both use vegetable oil. Olive specifically. :)

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