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New Pewter Oil Lamps

Now available a full range of brass Vermont Lanterns® in brushed Pewter finish! Handsome look of classic colonial pewter, adds a great color and finish option for your home or restaurant. Choose from many Vermont Lanterns Series like the Mini's, Dorset, Mansfield and Equinox table lamps, and new Wall Lanterns including the Mansfield Saloon lamp. Our same high quality Brass Oil Lamps in a striking Pewter finish.

Full selection of Pewter Oil Lamps here

Be prepared for power outages and storms with emergency lighting

Stay safe and be prepared for emergency power outages with Oil Lamps and Hurricane Lanterns. Our favorite go to item when we lose power is a Hurricane Lantern, they burn brighter than standard table lamps, and can be used in all weather conditions. They will shine bright even in high winds, rain or snow. They also put out a some heat, enough thermal BTU's to help in a winter emergency situation. Check out our expanded selection of Hurricane Oil Lamps and Lanterns here, and make sure you have extra lamp oil and spare wicks. Choose from rugged galvanized steel, and solid brass options.

Solar storms to peak in 2013

In September 1859 the largest known solar flare on record so far was hurled at earth from the sun.  All over Europe and North America telegraph systems failed, with some telegraph operators getting electrocuted and burnt by their morse keys as the storm hit. Pylons threw sparks, telegraph paper spontaneously caught fire, and despite being disconnected from power supplies it was possible to send and receive messages for days via the 'celestial power' humming through the wires.

Hurricane Sandy: More people left in the dark than any previous storm...

Hurricane Sandy caused $33 billion damage in New York alone, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today as the state began cleaning up from a nor'easter that dumped snow, brought down power lines and left hundreds of thousands of new customers in darkness. A damage estimate of even $50 billion total would make Sandy the second most expensive storm in U.S. history, right behind Hurricane Katrina. Sandy inundated parts of New York City and New Jersey with a storm surge as high as 14 feet, killed more than 100 people and left more than 8.5 million people without power at its peak.

Hurricane Sandy: "The best thing is be prepared."

As Hurricane Sandy moves toward the eastern third of the country bringing forceful winds and rainfall that could wreak havoc for days across 800 miles of the United States, officials are urging people in its path to take the storm seriously and heed any evacuation orders.

"The time for preparing and talking is about over. People need to be acting now," FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said.

Overloaded US power grid stretched to capacity?

Overloaded US power grid stretched to capacity; Will America follow in India's footsteps?

Could the U.S. really suffer the kinds of widespread power outages that struck two-thirds of India's billion-plus population recently? Absolutely, say experts, and fixing the problem won't be cheap.

While the nation's power infrastructure is referred to as a "grid," suggesting seamless interconnectivity, "the network more closely resembles a patchwork quilt stitched together to cover a rapidly expanding nation," the Washington Post reported.

DEADLY STORMS HIT WASHINGTON D.C. AREA 7/2/12

Nearly 4 million homes and businesses were without power on Saturday amid a record heat wave in the eastern United States after deadly thunderstorms downed power lines from Indiana to New Jersey. At least 11 people were killed.

Statewide emergencies were declared in Washington D.C., Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia because of damage from overnight storms, which brought hurricane-force winds along a 500-mile (800-km) stretch.

Forecasters predicted more severe thunderstorms as renewed heat blanketed the area on Saturday.

U.S. Storm Leaves Millions Without Power 10/31/2011

U.S. Northeast utilities were at work today, restoring power to more than 3.8 million homes and businesses after the region’s biggest October snowstorm in decades blanketed some towns with 31 inches. Connecticut Light & Power said 800,935 customers were without service this afternoon, surpassing the outages caused by Hurricane Irene. The state capital of Hartford set an October snow record with 12.3 inches (31 centimeters).