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WHAT TYPES OF CAMPING LAMPS ARE THERE?
There are of course lots of different types of lighting – sometimes practical, sometimes more decorative. In this article we mainly want to introduce the practical lamps – but yes, of course you are right, the light chain is a must-have and of course also has to;)
Classically there is of course the camping flashlight. You can almost say that it is the bedrock under the illumination, because it has been used for illumination for ages. While it used to consist of a large battery and light bulb, it is already available as a mini flashlight for your pocket. But there is just the opposite: flashlights that are so big and bright that you can turn night into day even from a distance.
We mainly use flashlights for illumination in the distance. On our camping trips or hikes we heard it cracking again and again in the bush and then we were happy when you can see who is coming. Usually it was smaller animals that were hungry for some of the delicious bushes. In North America, however, we feel the same way: we often start again in the evening and then have our flashlight with us so that we can simply look better in the distance.
When camping, however, we hardly use flashlights at all. We mainly use headlamps there because they are extremely practical. Once put on and turned on, they make everything nice and bright in front of you – no matter where you look.
This is practical because we always have our hands free – whether it’s cooking over a campfire, going to the toilet or not to trip over tree roots. The headlamp is by far the most used lamp we use when camping.
You can find our practical headlamps HERE
We always have another type of camping flashlight with us: the lantern. It is very practical if you just want to illuminate the space. Either you put it on the table and can see it well there or on the hood to illuminate the surroundings. The latter is particularly important in Africa. There we usually positioned a lantern at the front and rear of the car so that we could have a certain panoramic view. So you can quickly see in the corner of your eye when a shadow approaches an animal.
But even if you don’t camp where dangerous animals are on the move, it’s just practical. So you don’t have to carry the headlamp all the time and still see the tree root that you might otherwise have flown over.
You can find many practical lanterns HERE
WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK AT THE CAMPING LIGHTING
First of all, you should know that lamps tend to be too dark rather than too bright. The light intensity is a big factor that you should consider when buying. Usually this is specified with lumens, which corresponds to the light intensity. It is also important to know here that the light cone decides how far in the distance or in the width you have bright light. Flashlights often focus on the distance, lanterns, for example, tend to focus on ambient lighting.
The duration of the luminosity should not be neglected, especially when camping. Especially in countries like Africa or on road trips through North America without a power supply, you have to ensure that the lamps are ready for use again in the evening. Of course, you can take a lot of spare batteries with you, but this is too cumbersome for us and we don’t think it’s recommended for environmental reasons. We make sure that our lamps can be charged via USB when driving (then they are ready for use again in the evening) or at least that you can use batteries. The good news is that modern lamps use LEDs almost exclusively, which means that power consumption is significantly lower than was previously the case with lamps.
Fastening and adjustability
We also always pay attention to how to fix the lamps. With headlamps, for example, it is important to us that they sit well on the head and do not press, but also that they can be tilted down. Nothing is more annoying than headlamps that shine straight ahead and you always have to bow your head to see where you are going. This is really the plague.
With lanterns, we make sure that they have a magnet to attach them to the car. This is very practical, because you can then fix it well on the bonnet or on the back of the sheet metal and thus optimally illuminate the space. It is also good if you still have a hanger so that you can hang it up on the tent or in the camper in the evening. We use lanterns in so many ways and we don’t want to miss them at all.
In addition to the light intensity, lighting duration and attachment, we have learned to love other functions. Did you know that animals cannot see red light so well? This is very helpful because lanterns or headlamps with red light do not attract insects. We often have the red light on the headlamp in the evening, thus avoiding butterflies flying into our faces. If you did not pay attention to it then our tip: shut your mouth!
We also like to use the red light for the lantern. When we crawl into the tent, we switch to red light before opening the fly net, thus preventing all insects from enjoying the comfort of the tent with us – like the buzzing of mosquitos in the tent!
Luminous intensity adjustable
It is also important to us to adjust the light intensity, because in the evening we want to fully illuminate the space, but only have dimmed light when reading in the tent. It is similar with the headlamp: sometimes you want to see a lot, but don’t have moths on your face when peeing.
You probably know it too: rain always comes when you don’t need it at all. We therefore decided that the headlamps in particular should be waterproof, because you need them when it rains. Once we were in Namibia during the rainy season, but a waterproof headlamp was good for that.
Waterproof lanterns and flashlights would be recommended, but in our opinion, not absolutely necessary. Most lamps for the outdoor area are already watertight anyway.