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Message posted by gedsjeep on 25/8/2018 at 4:07pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Caligula on 25/8/2018
As a sailor, It is often said that red light is better to retain night vision and is therefore used for chart tables, etc. Is that then, not so?

Re reading it properly, certainly for usage as above, it does in fact endorse low level RED light as being preferable......

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then as a sailor, you should now know that this no longer happens.

also

theres a reason submarines no longer "go to red".they realised its more about how your eye works. there are no red receptors in the center, so you cant read instruments (like telescopes) properly. when they phased out the diesel electric subs, they phased out red light too.

also green blue at low level gives the fastest night vision recovery as well as enabling more precise work as there are plenty of green and blue receptors in the center.

so, no, not really.

if you want to use precision instruments then it advocates blue green...

as an aside, the MOD is now facing increasing claims from ex submariners and sailors for eye damage as a result of red light. as, and heres the bit i keep telling you, there are NO red receptors in the middle of the eye, you have to use peripheral vision to read the charts properly.

hence eye strain....

the only reason red light was used is that it has a long wavelength and breaks down the rhodopsin in your eyes less than white....


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Argh I hate it on campsites with people stuffing solar spikes into the ground and stinging fairy lights around their tent.

It is super selfish to be blasting out light all night. It is meant to be dark at night.

Use a torch / lantern / head torch if you need to leave your tent and go to the washroom at night.

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As a slapdash person, I realise my lighting is the least well developed and thought about of all my kit.

I have an ancient battery lantern for that ‘scrabbling around in the gloom’ phase of clearing up in the evening and getting ready for bed. A couple of those small hanging lights that are shaped like lightbulbs, one in the living area, one in the innertent, and Vango Eye Lights. I love eye lights. I use them to read by, as a close up torch, sometimes threaded through my pyjama top button hole. I use them as a nighttime torch, or on the table at night.

But we never sit inside the tent at night. We are always by the fire or if raining under the tarp. I am of the ‘keep it dark’ outlook and am actually thinking of getting a lie back chair so that I can watch for shooting stars without getting a crick in my neck.

Tupik, I would love to know where your ‘away from it all’ site is!

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Until last month my camping lights amounted to two camping lanterns which were ok but from last month for my new tent I now have 2x 150 led strip flexi lights... linked together and to the main EHU .. controlled with a remote control to switch on and off and also adjustable brightness... worked great .. laid on sofa reading a book until bed time.

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I don't know if this is a contentious point in the camping world, but one thing that I think is extremely selfish is caravans with blindingly bright security lights which illuminate yards of the ground right into the distance. And some owners leave them blaring out light until the early hours. I hate these things in residential settings anyway but imo they have absolutely no place on a campsite. Solar lights give out a gentle glow and do not illuminate any surrounding areas which is why I like them. But bright security lights - awful things.

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I completely agree with you, glampqueen. I also hate those poles with flashing lights that some people seem to be buying (I see them on one of the big camping Facebook groups).

But I never go to sites that take caravans, don’t allow campfires, or have set prescribed pitches. Where the vibe is more ‘camp in the woods’. Where there is loads of space between groups of campers. The campers who choose these sites (which also tend to feature compost toilets) really don’t go for bright lighting or anything that causes light pollution. Most people just sit by their fires with no other light, and then use head torches.

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For outside use, I use lanterns (with citronella tealights) on free-standing hooks stuck into the ground. Quite enough light for sitting out whether on a clear night or under the tarp; keeps the midges at bay and doesn't annoy others. Still looking for the right warm light for reading/getting ready for bed. Head torch for any night excursions to the loo. I don't use EHU and don't want the hassle of solar when I'm usually only away a couple of nights at the time. Most people seem to turn off their fairy lights etc. when heading for bed but some don't and that spoils it for everyone else.   

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Quote: Originally posted by DeborahTurner on 11/9/2018
I completely agree with you, glampqueen.



Awful, aren't they?

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But I never go to sites that take caravans,


Each to their own First time we've been to a site with caravans for years but we won't rule out an amazing site just because caravans are allowed. This site has stunning views from the top of a sea-cliff and the caravans are further back in a separate field. Oh, and the owner is sorting out the caravan light problem so all's good. We're defo returning asap, love the place!

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Quote: Originally posted by ficklejade on 11/9/2018
For outside use, I use lanterns (with citronella tealights) on free-standing hooks stuck into the ground. Quite enough light for sitting out whether on a clear night or under the tarp; keeps the midges at bay and doesn't annoy others.



Love tea-light lanterns on hooks too, use them at home as well

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