There are a number of means to meet lighting demands. Candles remain the most widely-used lighting source in the world. Kerosene follows candles as the next most widely used energy source for lighting.

There are a number of kerosene lamps, ranging from simple wick lamps (simple to "hurricane" with a glass globe) to high pressure kerosene (or "paraffin" as it is known in many parts of the world) lamps.