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Camp Lighting

Postby slug » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:21 pm

What does everyone use for lighting around camp?

I currently have Coleman dual fuel lantern which is started up about dusk and used while preparing dinner, playing cards, checking rods etc.

Until the last trip i had a Princton Tek LED headlamp. Its supposed to be an excellent brand but the rubber button had fallen out so cant be turned on or off, except maybe with a fork or sharp stick.

Im wondering if i should go back to the headlamp, which admitedly is easy for getting into the sleeping bag, tent and when working with both hands. I really like some of the new LED torches though, like the Led lenser ones.

Whats everyone else thuoghts?
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Postby amanda » Fri Nov 16, 2007 12:53 pm

Purely for the camping ambience, I love the sound of the old gas lantern!
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Postby Komodo » Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:09 pm

I use gas lantern mostly - it throws light the best. But I also have a fluro lantern that I use after dinner and if any one needs to get up during the night
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Postby Troyk » Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:17 pm

Outside I have a gas latern.

Inside I run flouro's of the CT 12 volt. The flouro's have a magnetic back, so you just plug them in and stick to a steel pole.

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Postby Blue Bravo » Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:09 pm

Mate I have gas, 12 volt, 240 volt and torches and it depends on the type of camping we are doing.

It still doesn't mean we are never left without light as there has been times when Murphy's Law applied :?
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Postby jasonb » Fri Nov 16, 2007 8:45 pm

mate if your handy can you replace the switch with a toggle or something else ?
are we there yet ?
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Postby slug » Mon Nov 19, 2007 12:20 pm

jasonb wrote:mate if your handy can you replace the switch with a toggle or something else ?


I could, its nothing major, its just a bit of a pain, and it gives me an excuse to go to camping stores!
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Postby double_d » Mon Nov 19, 2007 6:03 pm

i have a vision impaired 7 year old son
so next time i go out i am gonna try little solar lights around the tent poles and ropes
but i have a gas lantern and it seems to not last that long on my 2 kilo bottle
i also have a 12 volt fluro that i will get a couple more of

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Postby Pauly » Mon Nov 19, 2007 6:20 pm

double_d wrote:i have a vision impaired 7 year old son
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Daniel not sure how vision impaired your boy is but have you concidered using those glow in the dark lumo things, you know things you can buy that glow green, pretty sure you can buy ribbons or strips of plastic that glow. I am going to put lumo glow beads on all my ropes just hoping its enough for my youngest daughter, shes not vision impaired just forgets to use here eyes ::()
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Postby double_d » Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:01 pm

thats a good idea to where do you get them
he can see what we see at 60 meters he can see at 6
and he has like tunnel vision
he doesnt look or see down
glowing ropes would be great i think

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Postby Malcur » Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:40 pm

We have a Torpedo 12v light (the yellow one) that came free with our Evakool fridge, plus I have bought a couple of other 12v lights. One of them has a magnetic back which is good as a reading light. I also purchased a 240v light for caravan parks, and we have a gas light as a backup (although haven't used it since we bought the CT).

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Postby Scolers » Tue Nov 20, 2007 11:23 am

We have gas, 12v, 240v, and LED lights. That should keep things covered.

We don;t use gas as much becuase the 'hiss' interferes with my hearing ... shame 'cause I used to like it.

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Postby CCC » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:01 pm

Scolers wrote:We don;t use gas as much becuase the 'hiss' interferes with my hearing ... shame 'cause I used to like it.


ya gas or ya hearing Scol. ? ::()
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Postby Scolers » Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:36 am

Central Coast Campers wrote:
Scolers wrote:We don;t use gas as much becuase the 'hiss' interferes with my hearing ... shame 'cause I used to like it.


ya gas or ya hearing Scol. ? ::()


:lol: :lol: :lol:

:shock:

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Postby GypsyLady » Wed Nov 28, 2007 10:31 am

double_d wrote:i have a vision impaired 7 year old son
so next time i go out i am gonna try little solar lights around the tent poles and ropes
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I have been using solar lights (garden variety) for tent ropes/pegs and outside the loo for about 13 years and they are extremely successful. I figure in this day of litigation one can't be too careful, it also helps a clumsy me too.

Re lights around the camp for general use, I go for fluro lights like Col Lite and Versa Lite. For over the dinner table, stove and inside the camper/tent area I use LED lights. They are more energy efficient and attract less bugs. Cheers....
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