I live in the country, and I have almost all my life. We have power outages every now and again. They might last a few hours or a few days in an ice storm, you never know. After the lights go out is not a good time to address this problem. The wife keeps oil lamps around the house. I just looked and she has 7 oil lamps, and 3 Alladins. We have another 5 Dietz Lanterns of various sizes also. Most of the oil lamps are antiques. They are normally better quality than new ones made in China. The mechanism that runs the wick up and down is the weak point. Check and make sure the wick goes up and down smoothly. You also need a few other things to go with your light source. The big one is lamp oil. I believe Indoor Kerosene is the samething. Then you will need matches to light the lamp, or lantern. If you are prepairing for the lights being off for a while, extra wicks are also handy to have. Make sure you have the correct size for your equipment, they might or might not all be the same size. Alladin Lamps seem to be great at first glance. We have never used ours in the 11 years we have had them. We have friends who live off grid 24/7, and have for years. They gave them a try when available before Y2K, and decided they were more trouble and expense than they were worth. They went back to the old oil lamps. A pump up Coleman Lantern is a good addition also. They put out more light than Dietz Lanterns. Now a Coleman Lantern is not as bullet proof as a Dietz Lantern normally is. A Dietz is pretty much light and it works. A Coleman has mantles that are fragile. You also have a pump that can dry out, and a generator that can mess up. With a Coleman being more complicated, you need to use it with some frequency so you can get it going when needed. It also works better when used frequently. Keep spare mantles for it also. Propane Coleman Lanterns are pretty good for a short term power outage also. They are normally easier to get running, and keep running than a pump up one. Now the other side of the coin, they require a propane cylinder to be portable. You will need several spare cylinders of fuel for an extended outage, or a method to refill the cylinders from a larger tank. They will also work with hoses from a barbecue tank. A flashlight is also a good addition for the short hall. Little ones have gotten into style lately with folks I hang out with. I still keep full size 2 D-Cel battery Mag Lights in the cars, and around. I like them for several reasons. One they are hard to loose, and easy to find. The second is if you might need to swat someone or something with one, they have the shape, size, and weight to do some good. You can get parts and keep them working, and even upgrade them. They are fairly inexpensive to buy. CHECK THE BATTERIES. When you have a flat, etc is not the time to discover your batteries are dead.