I started by looking into Dorcy 41-1032 Failsafe Rechargeable LED Emergency light that I found at Build.com. This light stays plugged into a convenient wall socket and can serve as a night light and a flashing beacon when the power goes out. This looks like a great solution for kids rooms and perhaps hallways also. The only drawback with this one is that it is not really very bright as a flashlight. However as a first line of power-out illumination defense, it looks like a good solution. If nothing else, it will serve to get us to the brighter lights that I plan to stash around the house.
For brighter lighting I started off looking into the same flashlights that our armed forces seem to use a lot. These are made by Surefire and while top of the line, they are VERY expensive. For example my favorite light that stays at my nightstand is the G2X™ Pro Dual Output LED light This light comes in at a whopping $70.00 and uses special 123A lithium batteries. These batteries have a 10 year shelf life and they are not cheap either at $22 for 12 batteries. The G2X puts out a very bright 320 Lumens full brightness and 15 Lumens an low brightness.
So what else can I find that is close in quality and features with a much lower price point? I did not have to look any further then Build.com to find a the Dorcy 41-4278 Black Weather Resistant LED Flashlight at less than half the price $29.50. This light is also made out of durable aluminium with dual light output and it runs off regular AA batteries! The down side to this light is that it has a little less light output then the Surefire, however it is still more then adequate at 260 Lumens at full and 122 Lumens on the low setting.
I know that there are much cheaper solutions out there, however I am looking for quality here. After all, my Wife and Kids, not to mention my toes are relying on me to keep them safe as I can and If I have to spend a little extra to have good quality tools and equipment to help with this task, I will happily do so.