UPDATE: 02/20/2014.  It looks like 1–800-Prepare is no longer car­ry­ing the Ascel­la Flash­light Light­bulb.  How­ev­er, I found it on Amazon.com for you here.

Well, I’ve been talk­ing to one of the guys over at 1–800-Prepare about a new prod­uct they brought on.  It’s a light bulb.  No, it’s a flash­light.  No, it screws into my light sock­et, so it’s a light­bulb.  Well, It’s both, real­ly.  A light bulb and a flash­light.  See, Ascel­la designed this cool and inge­nious lit­tle device that dou­bles as both a light bulb for your lamps at home or in the office, as well as an emer­gency flash­light in the event your pow­er goes out.

Let me give you some of the fea­tures:

  • 26 LED bulbs.  I count­ed them.
  • 150 Lumens (about the same as a 25 / 30 Watt incan­des­cent bulb)
  • 20,000 hours of life capac­i­ty
  • Only uses 5 Watts of pow­er
  • Just like the emer­gency lights in your office, if the pow­er goes out the light actu­al­ly turns on.  I played with this by unplug­ging my lamp humor­ing myself until I was sat­is­fied that it worked.
  • When you unscrew the bulb from the sock­et, the neck extends like a flash­light  so you can ergonom­i­cal­ly get a bet­ter grip on it to car­ry around the house with you…
  • It nev­er gets hot to the touch, so you don’t have to wor­ry about the bulb burn­ing you if you have had it on for a cou­ple hours in your lamp
  • Lifes­pan of the inter­nal bat­tery last­ed just over three hours when I let it burn… Not bad.

Over­all, a pret­ty cool device.  The self­ish guy in me wish­es the Lumens were higher/brighter so that I could use it in my liv­ing room all the time.  I think it would be fine if you had sev­er­al of these bulbs in a chan­de­lier type of lamp in the kitchen that might be attached to a ceil­ing fan as you would have mul­ti­ple bulbs as a source of light.  The prep­per in me says that this is a cool bulb that is going to make it to a lamp either in my bed­room or in my home office and always be in emer­gency mode, so that I can find my way to it if the pow­er goes out on me.  In fact I may buy a cou­ple for myself as well as a cou­ple dur­ing hol­i­day sea­son as stock­ing stuffers / gifts for fam­i­ly, prep­per, and non prep­pers alike.

Over­all, I can see hav­ing a few of these around the house.  I give it 4 sol­id stars out of 5.

Here is a video I found after writ­ing this up:

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