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Flashlight on the Fuse Box

Organizing Good Things 2005

When you blow a fuse, it's frustrating to have to fumble around in the dark to find the right switch. To ensure that you will be able to see the fuse box when you need to, attach a flashlight to the box itself. You can use magnets for metal flashlights, and strips of Velcro brand or strong double-sided adhesive tape for other types.

Comments (14)

  • ToriR2 17 Sep, 2009

    This got me thinking that perhaps I should find a way to velcro flashlights to the bottom edge of the metal bedframes rather than keep them in nightstands as things can shift quite a bit during an earhquake. I'm open to intellegent suggestions.

  • ToriR2 17 Sep, 2009

    This is a great idea - if you're worried about it being stolen, use a cheap flashlight, for goodness sake! I have nice ones that cost less than $5. We live in earthquake country, so everyone has a flashlight in this/her nightstand drawer as well.

  • KPang 17 Sep, 2009

    won't someone steal it if you have a fuse box that is outside?

  • suzannie 17 Sep, 2009

    How are you going to get to the fuse box if the lights are out? I agree with bmanouliam

  • Little_Iowa 9 Sep, 2008

    Instead of using a full-sized flashlight as shown in the picture you could stick one of those small credit card or keychain style flashlights inside the box itself with magnets or velcro. You know the ones I mean...they always turn up in Dad's stocking at Christmas for want of a better gift - I know we've got two languishing around in drawers useful to no one.

  • doxy 8 Sep, 2008

    Ah...one more set of flashlight batteries to worry about. I think I'm going to skip this one.

  • janetforbes 8 Sep, 2008

    might be even better to use one of those flashlights that you crank up to generate light.. just in case the batteries are out.

  • G_MA 8 Sep, 2008

    My fuse box is outside in the back yard, but I don't think it would work for me but if I had the fuse box in the house that would be a great place a flash light.

  • wordsnob 8 Sep, 2008

    Virginia's right! Somebody's thinking out there.
    In Canada, they sell flashlights that are magnetic, so you can just throw one on the garage door, the filing cabinet, wherever, and they stay put.

  • silverqueen 8 Sep, 2008

    Interesting idea... Now if I can just figure out a way to get the men in my house to put the flashlight BACK on the velcro strip.

  • lantsha 8 Sep, 2008

    Super good idea. I have been doing this for some time now, as I read it in a magazine and thought it was clever.

  • jnapier 8 Sep, 2008

    Brilliant, I am headed to my basement now to velcro on a flashlight!

  • lbuser 8 Sep, 2008

    This has got to be the best tip ever. And with the new batteries lasting years, you can almost always count on this working. Or just change them when you change your smoke detector batteries. Thanks for this one.

  • virginiabound 8 Sep, 2008

    This is crazy - you need a flashlight to get to the damn fusebox, not once you get there!!