When I was a kid, I remember my dad would always bring me a flashlight when he went out at night and in the middle of the night to the neighbor’s house. It was an old, metal-framed, two-bulb kind. It was a pretty good flashlight if you needed to see well.

A flashlight is a flashlight. That’s a pretty good reason to make a flashlight. Even better, you can make a flashlight that has no light. That is a flashlight made without light.

I’ve always loved that old flashlight. I’m sure it has some very good uses, but it did have a very strange, almost hallucinogenic way of shining, which was just one of the things I loved about it. When I was a kid I would come home from school and check the flashlight to see if it was still on. If it was on, it got me out of bed.

The flashlight has a lot of uses, but it also has pretty strange uses, too. A little while back I found a flashlight that was almost literally a light bulb, but without batteries, and without a motor. It uses a little piece of wire wrapped around a piece of cardboard. When you insert the cardboard piece in the middle and press it, the wire draws a circuit and lights up.

Of course, this is a pretty stupid idea and a little bit of a safety hazard. But if you live in an electrical area, or if your house is wired, you may be very interested to note that the wire you use to light up your flashlight could also be used to light up a car. A motorized flashlight would be nice, but a simple light bulb is quite nice.

I can’t imagine anyone really wanting to be driving around in a world that lit up by a piece of wire, but just think of all the opportunities we could offer a car for a quick trip or just to drive around with a very powerful flashlight.

To make your own electric flashlight, you’ll need a simple battery and a switchable light bulb. You can get this stuff online, the most common ones are called “incandescent bulbs,” which can either be very strong and bright or very dim and very small.

Incandescent bulbs, by the way, have a life span of 3,000 to 5,000 hours, so you can probably find one on eBay for a lot less than you’ll spend on a battery.

The good news is that you can buy them at your local hardware store. The bad news is that they use toxic mercury and lead-based batteries, which are both dangerous if you go outside in a rainstorm. But hey, the flashlight is a cheap and cheerful solution to your problems. And the best news is that the whole setup is probably pretty quiet and unobtrusive.

The flashlight is a product of Philips, which makes a whole lot of stuff that is very nice. But it takes a lot of toxic mercury from a high-pressure mercury vapor lamp to actually make a bulb. And it’s basically a very efficient LED light bulb that uses very little power.


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