Living in the mountains, our electricity often disappears during the stormy winter months. It did today for the first time this year. A good alternative for illuminating important activities is the Bogo light, a solar powered flashlight with a bright LED bulb.
BOGO stands for Buy One, Give One. When you buy a flashlight, another one is sent to someone in the world who has no electricity.
Of course I use it only for important tasks like weaving, cooking, reading, and feeding the cat. Here it is suspended on a cord above my loom. I also have found that I can thread my raincoat sash through the loop at the top and hang it around my neck so I have light wherever I go. It has the additional advantage of being flat so it can be set on a surface and pointed in the right direction without rolling around. And an afternoon in the sunlight will charge it for a good six or seven hours worth of light. I love it.
Give Bogo lights as holiday presents. (Not sure where you can get one now 5/17/2015.) I did two Christmases ago. See us above with all our Bogo lights.