How to Make a Spotlight From a Flashlight

How to Make a Spotlight From a Flashlight

If you’re preparing an emergency kit for your home, it’s important that you remember to pack away something that you can use for signaling for help. While a radio is always a good way to go, sometimes a basic signal mirror is all you need to signal for help if you’re ever stranded or in need of assistance. However, in order to use a signal mirror effectively, you need to be able to use it during the day. Without direct sunlight, a signal mirror is pretty much useless. So, if you need to signal for help at night, and you can’t exactly build a signal fire, what can you do? Well, believe it or not, but you can actually make a pretty effective spotlight using only an LED flashlight, some 2 by 2s and a magnifying glass. Here are some tips on how to make a spotlight.

According to Survival Life, here are some of the ingredients you’ll need to get started:
A flashlight
Velcro strips
Magnifying glass
A drill (including a bit that’s roughly the same size as the handle of your magnifying glass)
Two 2 by 2 planks, one long and one short

Start off by drilling a hole into one end of one of the planks. Then place the handle of your magnifying glass into said hole—remember, you need to get the biggest magnifying class possible in order to make this spotlight an effective one.

Then, take the shorter board, and mount it directly to the first plank. That shorter piece of wood will match up the flashlight with the magnifying glass, bringing them both to roughly the same height. Place the flashlight on the shorter piece of wood and secure it with the Velcro pieces (or some duct tape). You can also mount the entire set-up to a tripod—once you do that, you’ll have yourself a genuine spotlight!

With a little bit of improvisation, and by preparing a basic emergency kit, you can help to increase you and your loved ones’ chances of successfully surviving nearly any emergency situation. Remember, when it comes to the safety of your family, there’s no such thing as being over prepared.


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