Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean the adventure has to end. Lanterns, headlamps and flashlights all provide lighting, but what is the best light source for you and your needs? We break down the best options for the activity you’re planning.
LED flashlights offer bright, clear light and are extremely durable. Smaller flashlights are great for emergency kits due to their longevity, giving off that needed-light for hours. Because of their efficient battery and long-lasting bulbs, they are great lighting options for camping, hunting and used in the house.
If you’re looking for a product to produce a specific kind of light, like a long-distance spotlight or a low-light beam for reading, look for a flashlight that has multiple lighting settings. Some even feature plastic cases, making them useful for low-light boating excursions as well.
If you are looking for a hands-free option, a headlamp is perfect. They are extremely helpful when hiking, cycling or fishing in low-light conditions. Before choosing a headlamp, consider the setting and your specific needs.
A flood beam, for example, is best for illuminating wide areas, which allows you to be aware of your surroundings.
Spot beam headlamps are made to highlight a more focused area and are great for activities that require you to see a deeper field of vision in one direction.
Make sure you are aware of your headlamp’s running time before venturing out so you can be best prepared. If it’s rechargeable, make sure the headlamp is fully charged before leaving. Always remember to pack extra batteries with you as well as a flashlight for backup, in case of a malfunction.
Lanterns provide bright, warm lighting and are a great choice when 360 degrees of light is needed. They can be used for anything from camping trips to backyard parties to and nighttime events. There are a wide variety of lanterns to choose from including dual fuel lanterns, torch lights, solar lanterns and propane lanterns.
Lanterns that burn propane, butane or other fuels are popular with campers who want to maximize the light they get from their lanterns. They are also popular choices for those planning to camp in cold weather.
Battery-powered lanterns may be a good choice if you’re looking for something lightweight. They are also great options if you are camping with small children.
LED lanterns are a great option when in close proximity to people because they stay cool to the touch.
Solar-powered lanterns use the sun’s energy to charge and light up at night. Many of them feature USB ports, which can be used to charge your cell phone.