Here is our farmhouse at dusk, I love the way the oil lamp create a soft glow. It relaxes the children and the grown-ups! By 9:30 those of us not in bed are ready for it!! It hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be to not have electric lights, the children use flashlights upstairs, and we use the lamps and lanterns on the main floor. I have been surprised by how quickly we have gone through lamp oil. We have always had oil lamps, but we just used them for fun and power outages, when you use them every evening for 2 or 3 hours, it really goes fast!
If you have any questions please feel free to ask, we're not experts on off-grid living, but would love to help you if we can!