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Subject Topic: Best Camping Lantern? Post Reply Post New Topic
01/8/2016 at 7:37pm
 Location: Gloucester UK
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Hello all,
I'm new to camping and have just purchased a family tent (Hi Gear Voyager 6 Elite) and I'm looking for a lantern to hang from the ceiling.

Looking on Amazon it's hard to tell what's a good choice. I thought I should defer to your wisdom. Please could you advise me on a good value lantern that will last?

I'm wondering particularly if there are lanterns that can run off mains electricity or battery power since I'm likely to have an electric hook up most of the time but not all the time.

I'd also prefer a softer white than bright/blueish white.

Many thanks.


01/8/2016 at 7:54pm
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For use on EHU we use a Bulk Head Lamp, with tough polycarbonate lense, it is fitted with a 105watt (1800 Lumens) Halogen Bulb regular BC type fitting.

Being so bright, it has an inline rotary dimmer at the lamp end of the 7m meter rubberised cable c/w double pole 6amp rocker switch.

Total DIY build cost was under 20.

For battery Lanterns I would avoid the fluorescent tube type, well bright at 7watt but the glow is garish, and they use lots of battery power.

LED is the way to go, and the best of the bunch is the Outwell Carnelian at 600 Lumen, we have two of the Outwell 400LX Lanterns which are both remote control and Have built in dimmer function.

Of course 600 Lumens is bright, but only half the brightness of a single mantle gas Lantern, so LED still has a way to go, but they are not doing to bad as far as it goes.

I would not buy a rechargeable Lantern, but would run a regular battery Lantern of rechargeable batteries, any LED Lantern that runs on "D" Cells (LR20) will run for ages.

Lidl/Aldi often have decent rechargeable "D" Cells available for 1.50 each, EBay has plenty of scam rechargeable "D" Cells on offer, but it's buyer beware!


01/8/2016 at 8:12pm
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Think ALDI have the bulbs that use a AA Battery - same as the ones that are sold at decathlon but cheaper. You can use a couple of them and use rechargeable batteries. The light is good, not too dazzling. We have a couple in the bedrooms and use for the main room when not on EHU

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/ambilight-camping-lights-and-lanterns-frendo-id_8211291.html


01/8/2016 at 10:24pm
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I just got some rubber sheathed cable and attached a pendant light fitting onto it with a paper lantern shade. Use any bulb you wish then. We use 11 watt Philips fluorescent eco bulbs because we had spare bulbs


03/8/2016 at 12:34pm
 Location: Gloucester UK
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Thanks for the replies. That's all very helpful :)


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03/8/2016 at 1:07pm
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For hanging from the ceiling, and on EHU, you could go for the Outwell Castor light , although that is just the lampshade and cable etc. No bulb included.
(Make sure it has 5m cable... there were reports a couple of years ago about 2m cables, despite the box stating 5m!)

The beauty of that, of course, is that you can choose the wattage and warmth of light, as you get to choose your own bulb!


We went a little OTT, and spent more on our bulb than we did for the lamp, but we do now have quite possibly the best camping light going... cold or warm hues, dim, bright, and all in between... oh... and remote control!

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Well, I did say it was a little OTT!


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05/8/2016 at 8:39am
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D light lantern
This what we use, its solar powered and quite powerful. D Light do several lanterns, they are expensive but they are good.

The other lantern we us is the Luminoodle. They run of a rechargable battery pack.


14/8/2016 at 11:55am
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For battery powered i have a coleman lantern from go outdoors, takes 4 x D batteries and on high or low setting suitable for the living area and batteries lasted the week. With an EHU i use a LED 1.5M bar light but a little more tricky to pack but provides great all round lighting at night


14/8/2016 at 11:56am
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Should of added that Coleman CPX6 CL10 lantern i was referring to :)


14/8/2016 at 3:19pm
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I really like my Alpkit Trinity. It can be used as a torch or dimable lantern and runs off of AA batteries. They do a smaller version too.

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I use this type. Theres various versons of the same lamp on Amazon. This is about the cheapest.


15/8/2016 at 8:12am
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Quote: Originally posted by Mucker1884 on 03/8/2016
For hanging from the ceiling, and on EHU, you could go for the Outwell Castor light , although that is just the lampshade and cable etc. No bulb included.
(Make sure it has 5m cable... there were reports a couple of years ago about 2m cables, despite the box stating 5m!)

The beauty of that, of course, is that you can choose the wattage and warmth of light, as you get to choose your own bulb!


We went a little OTT, and spent more on our bulb than we did for the lamp, but we do now have quite possibly the best camping light going... cold or warm hues, dim, bright, and all in between... oh... and remote control!

Link

Well, I did say it was a little OTT!




We also have the Outwell Castor lights for when on EHU (which is basically all the time, nowadays!) and would highly recommend them.

Mucker, for info, we safely store and carry 2 x lights in an Isabella peg bag which is a zip-top, padded bag (lots of uses - we also carry our cooking utensils in one). Far too good for pegs alone!


15/8/2016 at 10:12pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Opensauce on 14/8/2016
I use this type. Theres various versons of the same lamp on Amazon. This is about the cheapest.



I have the same one, bought two years ago...I can't believe how cheap they've got!

I used it this weekend past - there's a great light from it. I can easily read by it.





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