I spent a couple of years in northern Ghana, in a town called Tamale
. Sometimes the power would be cut for a couple of days, and there were frequent brownouts in the early evening. At night, you'd see a few rich people houses with their own inverter system lit up, they looked like little islands in what's an otherwise sea of darkness.
There might be a few flickering dots here and there where people have lit things like kerosene lamps, or flashlights, and sometimes larger glows of cookfires in back yards. But mostly a lot of black, with tiny bits of light.
Because of that, you'd tend to see a lot more of the sky. It's amazing how much more of the starlight is visible without all the lights on the ground.
I remembered in Tamale where a lot of the bars would hook up Christmas lights to a car battery, so that people would know where the bars were in the darkened streets. I incorporated that into Roverville for my Gamma Road game, the flickering Christmas lights kind of a security rope around the hostile darkness around them.