Camping Lights

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Can anybody tell me from there camping experiences what is the best type of camping camping light that does not attract insects & whether coloured globes,fluro's ect make any difference?
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Reply By: warbo - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:37

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:37
i still use the gas mantle light , hard to go past!
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Follow Up By: On Patrol - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:41

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:41
Yeah warbo
It gives good reliable light and cremates insects too.
Colin
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:52

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:52
After trying a few, the Versalite is one of the best. Certainly the brightest 12 volt flouro on the market. Unfortunately it's not cheap although I have seen them for about $85 at the 4x4 shows. I believe they have a yellow anti-insect type globe available now as well as a 12/240 interchangeable model. Never really bothered about them attracting insects too much myself. Repellent for the mozzies does the job.

If you're looking for a bloody good led rechargable, have a look at the Ironman rechargeable. Brightest l.e.d. I've ever seen and has a hook to use as a camp light. Cigarette lighter cable charger as well.

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Follow Up By: chisel - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 14:03

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 14:03
I have a versalite and it is one of the best pieces of camping equipment I have. Expensive at $90+ but the light level, current draw and durability are second to none.
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:54

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:54
12v CFL in a holder of your choice. You can use a cheapie 240v lead light, change the globe and plug or make up your own with a batten fitting etc.
Very low current draw and last for years.
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Follow Up By: Rocky_QLD - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 06:58

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 06:58
Gota agree with Peter
We now have 3 of these set ups with in-line switches and cheap reflectors, cost less than $30 each to set up.

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Follow Up By: Pyro 1 - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 21:54

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 21:54
Pete, Rocky,
You guys are on the right track I made one of these up for a recent trip. Fantastic. Bunnings carry the 12v CFL's and all you need is an Arlec lead light also from Bunnings.
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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 22:04

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 22:04
I made mine out of a batten fitting inserted through the lid of a PET peanut butter jar. The globe is then inside the upside down jar.
Bit of silicon around the bottom of the batten fitting and it is waterproof as well.
Fit a magnet to the bottom and you can stick it to the truck ;-))
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Reply By: Member - Au-2 - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:58

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 20:58
LED's, Topcat, LED's are the bees knees for all things camping. We started out with fluoro's, battery and 12v, with a couple of small LED torches/headlamps but after being attacked by every flying thing after dark and trying to eat while surrounded by bugs, I will only have LEDs from now on. Whether battery or electrical they don't use much power, so very energy saving. We still have original batteries in headlamps bought 2 years ago. I buy cards of 4AA batts @ $2 at the dollar shops and that's all they require, no mantles, bulbs, gas cans, cords. They throw a good white light and now they are getting a lot cheaper and more affordable, you can afford one for every occasion/site.
The last ones I bought are circular, white, 6inch disc type with 24 bulbs. They have 20 around the outer edge with four in the centre, and can be used with all bulbs alight, four bulbs or the outer 20. There is a magnet on the back with a recessed ring which can be used to hang the light up high.
They are also good for taking night photos with too. I use a LED torch and my flashless phone/camera on the spur of the moment and have taken some unusual photos in the dark.
OzeSheila.
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Follow Up By: Member - Au-2 - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 21:05

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 21:05
I forgot to say, these lights were $9.99 each and I have bought three, which I think will light up our entire camper inside and the area outside more than adequately.
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Follow Up By: Topcat (WA) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 21:42

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 21:42
The reason I asked this question was I'd heard about the LEDs so I bought a couple & found they attrached more insects then the ordinary 12volt fluro????
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Follow Up By: Member - Scoof (SA) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 23:54

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 23:54
Topcat I found the same problem with the fluro and led.
Have a look at 4x4Equip they have the yellow filters on their web site about $9 each.
We stayed at Takkaraka last year and the camp kitcken had yellow fluro's one end and white the other.

It was chalk and cheese and to see the difference under the same roof was unreal.

White end had bugs just raining down all over you all the time and the other end not a bug in site.It was amazing to see the difference.

Cheers Scoof .. :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Scoof (SA) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 23:56

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 23:56
Topcat I found the same problem with the fluro and led.
Have a look at 4x4Equip they have the yellow filters on their web site about $9 each.
We stayed at Takkaraka last year and the camp kitcken had yellow fluro's one end and white the other.

It was chalk and cheese and to see the difference under the same roof was unreal.

White end had bugs just raining down all over you all the time and the other end not a bug in site.It was amazing to see the difference.

Cheers Scoof .. :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Scoof (SA) - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 08:37

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 08:37
Sorry sometimes I stutter.
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Reply By: wombat1 - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 21:02

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 21:02
Try the guys at www.gobushcamping.com.au they stock a yellow filter to use with Versa lights (really good Aussi light)
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Follow Up By: Member - graeme W (WA) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 21:28

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 21:28
Hi Guys. ARB stock the versa light my first one bought over 15 years ago just gave up the ghost so replaced it the other day for $89 have two others as well. They have been used on the beach behind 2 surf rods for more hours than i can count.Plug them in to a 12 volt 7 amp hour 12 volt battery and you will get at least two nights.Draw is .8 of an amp per hopur.If insects drive you mad use the yellow insert.I have fluro tape on the rods so you can see if any thing touches them.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 23:26

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 23:26
I have three camping lights I currently use.

The Versalite fluro (Piranha actually, but identical) produces a good level of illumination, but does attract its share of insects during certain conditions. Rated current draw is 1 amp.

The Evakool Torpedo fluro produces a similar level of light as the Piranha, but also attracts insects under certain conditions. Rated current draw is .5 amp.

The LED "worklight" is not as bright as the others but does not attract anywhere near as many insects as the fluros and I use this at the "cooking" end of the annex. This lamp, about the same length as the Piranha has 20 rows of 3 LED's and draws a mere 2.4 watts.

To qualify this, I should state that I usually use both the LED and the fluro, one at either end of the camper annex. Perhaps the brighter fluro attracts all the insects away from the LED, but I recall on occasions, I only have the LED light on and don't notice more than one or two insects being attracted to it.

I'll have these in operation at "The Gathering" in July and people can judge for themselves how good/bad each light is.

Bill.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 19:30

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 19:30
The Evakool Torpedo fluro

Not much impressed with this light !
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 09:45

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 09:45
Warfer,

I am intrigued by your comment.
Would you care to elaborate ?

I find the brightness on a par with the Versalite.
It is impact resistant and you can drive over it without damage.
It is waterproof and draws 0.5 amps.

About the only negative I can think of is that it needs to be suspended from the supplied hook and therefore hangs down.

The Versalite can be directed perpendicular from a pole with a bracket available as an accessory, and with the inbuilt reflector, the light is directed down more.

I find the Torpedo very compact and I keep it in the car as an "emergency" light for use underneath the vehicle and in the engine bay.

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Reply By: Topcat (WA) - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 08:24

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 08:24
Thanks for all the replies. I'll try a yellow filter arrangement as I believe the colour yellow cuts down the ultra violet rays which tend to attract the insects. Cheers.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian (SA) - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 09:44

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 09:44
We have a Piranha 12V fluoro - an excellent light, but haven't used it for years ! In my view, the smartest thing we ever did is move to LED headlamps (one of the best I have was $10 at Aust Post - probably lots better than my $80 Princeton Tec unit) - they use very little power and are always pointing at what you want to see...... we have an LED lamp on the side of the Camper for our work / cooking area - that's it. We discovered over time that we just don't need to flood the camp area with light. At times, extra lights may go on for short periods if a special task arises etc. - with kids in the equation, safety factors would dictate more light I expect.
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Reply By: Holden4th - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 18:48

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 18:48
I'm a Versalite fan as well but with this accessory you don't even have to worry about the insects if you place it in the right spot. It's like having your own street light.

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Follow Up By: Member Boroma 604 - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 19:41

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 19:41
Gooday,
Loks the part but WHAT is it (Brand) & where do you get it.?
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Follow Up By: Member - Warfer (VIC) - Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 22:15

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at 22:15
Coleman

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Dont Discount the Duel Fuel either

Cole Dual Fuel


Rays (stand can be bought there) or any good camping store


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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 18:24

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 18:24
This is a Coleman stand and it goes up to a decent height so that insects are attracted to it and not to you. I look at it as a lamp post and set it slightly back from my cooking site and angle the light accordingly. With the Versalite this provides excellent coverage without the insects getting at you and eliminates the need for a head torch
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Reply By: warfer69 - Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 21:01

Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 21:01
Warfer,

I am intrigued by your comment.
Would you care to elaborate ?



Hiya Bud

I thought the light it puts out was poor compared to my Arlec Flouro..You know the one the mechanics use so that's what i put behind my back seat in the Hilux...

I came across two brand new ones so i threw one to Willem when we had a coffee a coupla months back,Wonder what he thinks of it..


Cheers
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