Tuesday, December 11, 2012
You Asked: All About Oil Lamps
Hello! This is a "You Asked" Post. I was asked: "My question is about oil lamps. You mentioned your family loves reading by oil lamps. This just sounds so intriguing to me. I would love to know more-- like where do you get oil lamps these days? What kind of fuel do you have to use? What does oil lamplight even look like?"
We started using oil lamps about three years ago and purchased some from our local grocery store. You can see them above. They were quite cheap (about $15), and had oil and wicks for them. We enjoyed these oil lamps, but we needed about four of them to make any difference in a room for light. We quickly found that the oil we used was a smoke-filled burn as well, and the smell was not pleasant. However, at the time it was all we had... and we enjoyed the glow of them.
We then set our hearts on an Aladdin Lamp (click name for link). Aladdin Lamps use a mantle and burn as bright as a 60 watt light bulb. The oil used (Aladdin Oil) is clean, non-smoking,and does not have a smell!
Here is a photo looking into our house with our oil lamp lit. It is VERY bright.We would like to have two or three for around our home to use at night. We hope to switch to it eventually. Our oil lamp we have burns for 12 hours.
You can see some videos on the Aladdin Lamps below. I purchased ours from Lehmans, deep in Amish country.
So, yes, we love to read by oil lamp each night. We enjoy reading books from Lamplighter. Currently we are reading _The White Knights_. Lamplighter is a Christian book store that reprints books from the 17th, 18th, and early 19th century books that have good morals and values in them. We just LOVE them!
I hope this answered your questions.