Low power camp lights

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 20:45
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I have been on the hunt for bright, robust and low power camp lights for some time. For anyone that may be interested, I just bought a few of these 7W LED's for the campsite.
High Output 7W LEDS

They fit standard 50 w 12v downlights - eg in the home. They are great and use about .6A at 12v. With a little work I put them in outdoor garden lights housings from bunnings and they are now perfect camp lights. Not cheap at $98 ea but they are much brighter than any flouro or LED Flouro style. The light is focussed with a lense and doesn't attract mozzies etc.

These are the best lights I have used, especially when you consider the power.
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Reply By: Topcat (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 21:07

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 21:07
I bought a couple of 60 LED work lights from Supercheap when they were on special for $40.00 each. They also make a great camp light a low poer consumption. Cheers.
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 21:07

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 21:07
Would love to hear detail of how you mounted the lights in (which style/model/brand??) the housing & got the power to them. have you incorporated a switch?

How can they be suspended for overhead lighting around the camp?
For example, I currently use a 12 V fluoro in a bracket, mounted above head height, which is OK-they certainly have a finite life, but do take the rough & tumble.

They have appeal with no UV light to attract insects + greenhouse savings.

Perhaps your solution is better??

Got a picture you can post?

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Boobook2 - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 10:55

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 10:55
Rick, I am not sure of the brand of housing, i threw away the box, but it is a black pool light at bunnings that takes MR16 lamps.

Obviously they are water proof and very tough. I also added an inline switch and have a small 7AH SLA battery which lasts about 7- 8 hours without over discharging. I also go some spring clamps for $2.50 at Bunnings and drilled a hole to mount the light housings. They clip on to the upright poles I use for the tarp.

2 of these still use a small amount of electricity and you lose the shadows.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 21:33

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 21:33
have a look on Ebay also.
I got some 50w eqiv 240 volt ones for $11 each Came from Hong Kong

One of them was a 72 LED was about a 6 watt version and was quite good




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Reply By: Crackles - Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 22:29

Wednesday, Jan 07, 2009 at 22:29
Boo did you buy them direct from the web site address or do they have other retail outlets? The strip lights in particular with the clear lens looks ideal for camping. Light output V's power usage is pretty impressive leaving most others in the dark, the 36 watt floodlight for example the equivelant to 400 watts in a metal halide :-)
Cheers Craig.............
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Follow Up By: Boobook2 - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 06:55

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 06:55
I got them direct from that site, in fact if you haggle a little and get a couple the price goes down a lot. I didn't price the others but I'll bet they are very expensive.

The other lighting I have for set up and meals / cooking around the camp fire is a HID conversion on a small Hella flood. I got a 3m pole from 4x4equip and it is mounted on my roof rack. When up it is about 5 m in the air and can make an area of 12m x 12 m (and about 10 m from the vehicle) like daylight. The best things is no mozzies / bugs and the light is up high so no glare. this is also 35w and probably cheaper than the LED's.

Also re mounting, I got spring clamps from bunnings for $2.50 ea and drilled a hole in the handle where the light is attached. The clamp then simply clips on the tent poles for the tarp or for a dedicated one I have if there is no tarp. I also got an inline switch an 7AH SLA batteries.

I have tried the LED worklamp ones but they really aren't much chop and flouros drive me crazy with the bugs.
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Reply By: pepper2 - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 11:08

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 11:08
As an option you can buy a 240v trouble light with protective cage around the bulb it has a screw in bulb not bayonet fitting you can purchase 12v screw in low energy bulb fits straight in cut 240v plug off has two wires fit 12v fitting total cost around $30 low power consumption approx 0.5 amps light output is equivalent to 75watt 240v bulb
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Follow Up By: Boobook2 - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 11:16

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 11:16
Pepper, that is what I had before, but it isn't directional so light is wasted in every direction. Also those CFL's are too fragile, I was always breaking the globes. PLUS they are a ....ing bug magnet.
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ (wa) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 18:30

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 18:30
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Follow Up By: pepper2 - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:24

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:24
Yes thats it exactly thankyou
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Reply By: pepper2 - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 11:40

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 11:40
Boobook the housing i use has plastic cage completely around the bulb and on the inside one half has a silver metal reflector allowing you to direct the light as you wish,sounds different to yours i havent broken a bulb yet.
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Reply By: Maîneÿ (wa) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 17:36

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 17:36
Another option I use, situated above my fridge as the fridge internal light, is this (pictured) I added the black cable, cigi lighter connection and the on/off switch.

Is a 12v, 20 watt spotlight used in home lighting systems.

Mainey . . .
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Follow Up By: Maîneÿ (wa) - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 17:43

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 17:43
Bugga needs a picture here tis ((:Image Could Not Be FoundMainey . . .
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Follow Up By: Boobook2 - Saturday, Jan 10, 2009 at 06:48

Saturday, Jan 10, 2009 at 06:48
Thanks Mainey I also have those in my camper pretty good, they have been around for several years. They are about 1 watt. The ones I posted about are 7 W and about 10 times as bright.

Similarly with the flouro. it is like to ones I have had, But again with the more directional light of the LED's they are about 3 times brighter and use 40% less power, the beam is about 60 degrees wide. No Bugs. There are millions of lights out there but very few do for me what the new ones I posted about do. Low power, very bright, very rugged and no bugs.
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