What do you use for camp light?

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As we continue to camp and overland we find ourselves always tweaking the setup we have. I think this is pretty normal but also never ending. One thing that we have had a great issue with is camp light. Finding something both affordable but also not over the top was a goal. Not only are we on a budget but space and usage constraints of our rig makes tweaking a little difficult. We have tried camp lanterns, which do work but take up space and do not work with our current setup. We also tried headlamps, these were the most successful out of the bunch but burning through batteries and having a lamp stuck to your head isn't always pleasant. Finally, I tried some of those stick on lights from Walmart. They lasted a day. Enter the lift gate light from Brawlee. So far, this seems to be the light we were looking for on our adventures. What do you use for camp light when you need to cook or dig in the back of your rig? Check out the review and install.

 
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Luci solar string lights, best lights we ever got. Turn any camping spot into a cozy place. Complement with headlamps. Charge by solar or USB.

 

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I shop by price for lighting. I look for 3 LED Headlamps for $10. I shop sales, clearance aisles only. In the kitchen, I have 3 for $5 LEDS. In the sleeping box. 2 LEDS lights with a dommer, $10 for the pair. They all take AA or AAA batteries and they are all at least 3 seasons old and still on the original batteries. ..... which came with them. I kinda like the idea of mood, christmas style lights.if I find that string of Japanese Lanterns for $20...... I'll definitely buy 2 strings.

For work I have a better quality, more comfortable $20 Mountaineering Headlamp but for the campsite..... the cheapest ones are perfect.

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Mt favourite lighting tends to be dim, bright enough so I won't trip, but dim enough to not blind me so I can see into the night, past the light. I love the dim red lighting on a military ships bridge.
 
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UCO candle lanterns, a Dietz oil lantern, and a led head lamp for task lighting are my main sources of light. I also carry a Streamlight Protac HL 3 in a belt holster incase I need long range or super bright lighting.
 

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Luci lights are 50% off right now with free shipping over $50
 

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2x Black Diamond Moji and our headlamps but I will be adding some lights to the truck at some point. The BD lights are super light and compact and put out plenty of light. Picked up one for $5 on a gamble at an REI garage sale that turned out to be the color version so red light in camp at night is a huge plus.
 
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So question for you Coleman fans... why? Lighting is one of those things that has shown massive improvement in the past 10 years that I can't understand why anyone would want to carry something so unwieldy.
 

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So question for you Coleman fans... why? Lighting is one of those things that has shown massive improvement in the past 10 years that I can't understand why anyone would want to carry something so unwieldy.
Nostalgia and to reminisce. The smell of white gas. priming the tank till the vent hole leaves an indent in your thumb. Watching the new filament burn and wondering how it still holds together. The hiss of the pressurized gas. The illuminus glow it gives off that no LED can replicate.
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Nostalgia and to reminisce. The smell of white gas. priming the tank till the vent hole leaves an indent in your thumb. Watching the new filament burn and wondering how it still holds together. The hiss of the pressurized gas. The illuminus glow it gives off that no LED can replicate.
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Ok I definitely get the nostalgia feeling... i just never bothered to replace mine because functionally, it was a huge pain the ass compared to even the worst LED lanterns.
 

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Ok I definitely get the nostalgia feeling... i just never bothered to replace mine because functionally, it was a huge pain the ass compared to even the worst LED lanterns.
I get the nostalgia feeling as well. However, they are unwieldy and take a lot of space compared to modern solutions. One thing though, I bet those Coleman lanterns will outlast today's offerings. I keep one in storage for emergencies, but I do not take it on trips anymore. Headlamps or this new setup work better for us.
 

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LED strip lighting is inexpensive, easy to use and fully configurable. All of mine are on individual switches and dimmers. Three are mounted on the windows, so when you open it up it lights the perimeter around the truck, and you can shut off any or all as needed.
Nice setup. Seems we had a similar idea. I really like the amount of light your setup throws.
 
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So question for you Coleman fans... why? Lighting is one of those things that has shown massive improvement in the past 10 years that I can't understand why anyone would want to carry something so unwieldy.
Mostly I am cheap and I have 3 generations of them. 2 are white gas and over 60 years old in a box my grandfather built, one is my fathers and in his box, lastly two are propane. and 20 plus. I have lights too.
 

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I just treated myself to a Goal Zero Lighthouse Core. Looking forward to trying it. As much as I like the nostalgia of fueled light, I’m trying to reduce the amount of different fuel types I have to carry. I suspect if I charge this LED lantern as I drive during the day, it will never run out.
 
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I just treated myself to a Goal Zero Lighthouse Core. Looking forward to trying it. As much as I like the nostalgia of fueled light, I’m trying to reduce the amount of different fuel types I have to carry. I suspect if I charge this LED lantern as I drive during the day, it will never run out.
This is one of the best arguments for not carrying fueled light. We, too, are trying to slim down on carrying different fueled items. Ideally, everything we have would run off gasoline.
 

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Two of the main reasons I do not use LED lights as much as possible is due to two things - they are too bright and they hurt my eyes.

Also, several studies have now come to light showing that LED lights are irreparably damaging the retina in eyes. They also disturb biological and sleep rhythms. The same goes for those in cellphones.
 
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