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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  015
DATE:  September 28, 2000
TIP:  Reading Lights or Lightbulbs to see
LOCATION:  Arequipa, Peru

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I like to read, but often the Hostel, Hotel, is dark. I have
trouble reading, writing, or playing on my computer.
So, I have come up with various solutions. Usually,
I can solve the problem.

I carry with me:
Extension cord.
Converter that changes one plug to 3
Screw in socket type plug, goes in normal light socket.
Clothes hanger for making a lamp.
Clothes line.
Eyelet screws to help hang things up.
Light bulbs.
Cord with light socket on end, and switch in line.
Plastic glass to hold light bulb.

Photos of these things:

Sounds like a lot, but really takes up hardly any
room. The biggest problem is protecting the lightbulbs.

OK, so where to begin. Most rooms, or about 60 percent
have a place to plug in extension cords, and lights. Very
few of the “traveler type” hostels, hotels have reading lights.
My guess is 3 percent. Now, they do usually have a light
in the middle of the room, on the ceiling. No matter what
they have some form of electricity provided to the room for

Now, how do I make more light in my room? So when I have
nothing to do I can read, write, or update my journal, diary. etc.
Write my grandmother. All of them necessary things in life.

The easy room: Has plugs

I went to a hardware store, or “ferreteria” here, and purchased
a plug, 12 feet of cord. inline switch, and a light bulb socket, and
light bulb. Basically a treble light setup, but lighter.
I put it together myself, but you can have the hardware do it for
you for almost nothing. I think this probably cost me 2-3 dollars USA.

Here is a picture:

Where, or how to hang up

Sit on edge of table:
Hang over curtain rod
Coat hanger Lamp
2 screw eyelets, or in this case a toothbrush
Hang on a clothes line


There are some small dangers. Like, burning up your cord....
burning up your table.... receiving small shocks....etc.

Boredom, can make a person creative.

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
Please send me questions, I will reference you, and
give you credit.


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