Tents & Lighting Tips

Tents & Lighting Tips
Camping in the back country or in remote areas where directional lighting is not immediately available can be dangerous. Poor lighting can lead to accidents and may prevent a camp member from finding his way back to the campsite if a fire is not available to attract his attention. Camping lanterns and hanging lights use light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs to offer a bright light with low intensity.

Rechargeable Lanterns

Rechargeable lanterns are safe to use inside a camping tent. Hang the lantern from inside the tent or position it on the ground. Camping lanterns can be charged using an auto car charger plug or with a hand crank. Standard batteries may also be used to power the unit if you do not have access to an automobile. Switch operation allows you to change the light setting depending on how much light you need. To light your way during low visibility, use a higher LED setting. A middle LED light setting provides soft, diffused light, which is ideal for reading.

Single-Head Hanging Light

Single-head hanging work lights are compact, durable and lightweight. Hang from a line running across your tent or hang from a hook on the side of your tent. An instant-on switch makes it easy to use the light, especially during twilight hours and low visibility when it may be difficult to see. Swivel hooks allow you to rotate the lamp as needed. Battery-powered and electrical lamps are available. Working lights are generally only 60 LED, so large tents may require additional lighting sources. Choose a plastic head material to avoid scratches and other damage.

Glow Tubes

Glow tubes are ideal for scuba, camping and roadside emergencies. Glow tubes are compact (small enough to carry in a pocket or small travel bag), highly durable and lightweight. Campers can carry the tubes around the neck for optimum visibility when traveling by foot or you can position them around the tent. Expect to receive about 40 hours of light. Lithium batteries are required. Waterproof varieties are available. A push button or twist cap power feature allows you to power on the light without any effort.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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