Lighting

One of the most important items in a campground is lighting. I have several options of lanterns as well as other light options. As this is intended to be a technology blog, I’m going to spend some technical details I raised personally.Are not exact data, but gives an idea for comparative effect.

This post may be a bit too technical for some, but I hope it helps someone who is looking for a good choice in lighting.

So let’s get down to brass tacks: the equipment shown has different functions in a camp and will be evaluated considering your usability, autonomy, intensity and cost.

  1. Flashlight Quechua On Bright 500 (Decathlon-R $69.95).Machined aluminum body with rubber seals, also has a battery indicator that is of type AA (x 3). Excellent autonomy, according to the manufacturer, exceeds 100 hours. Has two strengths: 84 Candelas (weak) and 128 Candelas (strong).My favorite hand Lantern. Has a red lens in the back that can be threaded on the front lens. The red light has several functions, among them light without the natural night vision becomes too reduced. So, when you turn off the flashlight, don’t have a great blindness in moments following when illuminated by the light of the Moon for example.
  2. Quechua Dynamo Lantern On Brite 100 (Decathlon-R $29.95).Plastic body black (other colors available). A great option for children. Is only loaded for the Dynamo crank, lacks even a plug for charging. Has two strengths: 16Candlepower (weak) and 28 Candelas (strong). In the case of children who are playing with the light, is an economical choice, since it is not necessary to change batteries. About 1 minute of “maniveladas” carry enough for 6 minutes of light in so strong.
  3. According to BusinessCarriers.com, Petzl Zipka (imported USES about $ $25.00).This little blue head torch has 3 LEDs and uses 3 batteries type toothpick (AAA). Has a super thin belt that ends in a spring-loaded spool. It’s not very comfortable on my forehead, but has a range in excess of 120 hours with an intensity of about 40
  4. Head flashlight “Shing Ling” with camouflaged elastic belt (Santa Iphigenia-R $29.00).An authentic Chinese Lantern with standard quality. Still, an interesting item. Comes with two Rechargeable AA of 3.7 V (Yes!) and a socket. Also works with a small stack size AA 1.5 V normal, but with somewhat reduced intensity (not much). Their autonomy is not the best and not even stayed on for a whole night, but has an adjustable focus that allows you to achieve high intensities when the focus is well closed. Has two intensities and so I had to make 4 measurements: 58 Candelas (weak, open); 1100 Candelas (weak, close focus); 250 Candelas (strong, open) and finally stupid 4850 Candelas (strong, close focus). This flashlight very surprised me in terms of intensity, and has become my favorite for tents at night, and other jobs that require bright light and hands-free. A flashlight’s head always points to where you’re looking.
  5. Quechua LC600 Dynamo LED Lantern (Decathlon-R $99.95).In green plastic, has 4 high intensity LEDs that point to a mirror, which directs the light to the sides. Also features a red LED that illuminates not too, but preserves the night vision. It has a crank at the bottom to recharge the battery is not removable, but follows a vehicular charger. Although rechargeable battery for crank, has low autonomy (less than 4 hours) and also has low light intensity, 8 Candelas, which made this product well down on my scale of preference.
  6. Lantern/Flashlight Quechua 300 BLX.(Decathlon-R $89.95). This is my favorite to hang inside the tent. Has a kind of base ring to attach the hooks present in most current tents. Has two modes of operation: closed is a lantern with a broader focus and intensity of 20 Candelas; Open is a lamp with intensity of 11 Candelas, but with a much larger lighting and more comfortable than the LC600. Is powered with 3 batteries (AA) and has more than 12 hours autonomy. The new models use 4 AA batteries. Already camped a few times and hasn’t changed the original battery that came with it.
  7. Emergency light multiple LEDs (Santa Iphigenia-R $39.00).This type of emergency light is very easy to find, almost any building material shop has some model. My only recommendation is to avoid models with Sealed lead acid type battery, because in a short time may leak and believe me, you don’t want your stuff dripping sulfuric acid. Look for the battery type to use NiMH (nickel metal hydride) because it has a greater durability. Is the best cost benefit to illuminate the kitchen tent in places where there are not taken. The model I tested has 17 intensity Candelas, but with a good light distribution.
  8. Tubular fluorescent lamp 26W (Santa Iphigenia-R $45.00).It is only in the photo below, because the intensity is so high that dwarfs the others in the picture. This is undoubtedly the best option to hang in the Gazebo. Although the luxímetro have scored just 145 Candelas, we need to consider that it lacks focus, IE has a lot of light to all sides. The fluorescent lamp has a very high efficiency from 75 Lumens per Watt and so are considered economic lamps. This lamp, although thin (less than 2 cm), already includes the reactor structure itself, just plug the cord into an outlet and hang in the gazebo or tent. Requires care to transportation and so still keep the original cardboard packing.

Conclusion. Basically, there are options for all tastes and pockets. There are the tactical flashlights with intensities exceeding 10,000 Candelas, as well as small flashlights on keychain. In the photos has a radio/Flashlight/mobile phone charger, Dynamo and solar-charged, as well as a bar of LEDs that I will detail best in another post.

I hope the information is useful, although a little tiring. I believe that my statements may be worth; to a layman allow a comparison between the models.

I believe the main applications of illumination were covered, since in my camp I was not in the dark.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to comment. In the next post I’ll talk about the arrangements for the next camp in Marataízes-ES.

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