No more packing fuel, wicks or an excess of bulky batteries to see your way under the stars when you go camping. Instead of hearing your camp light hiss or the kids rummage around for extra batteries, listen to the campfire crackling, frogs croaking and grasshoppers singing. High-power LED flashlights and lanterns have helped make the great outdoors safer and more enjoyable, so you can focus more on remembering the words to your favorite campfire songs rather than worrying about being left in the dark.
Why LED Flashlights are Ideal for Camping
- They’re better than propane lanterns. While propane lanterns were the go-to standard for several decades, LED flashlights and lanterns offer superior benefits. For example, instead of requiring tanks of non-renewable fossil fuels to power a gas lantern, LED lanterns efficiently run on alkaline batteries. LED camping lights require little to no maintenance, are less expensive to operate, take up less space and are more durable.LED camping lanterns and flashlights are safer to use than propane lanterns, which are a fire and burn hazard. Deadly carbon monoxide poisoning is also a dangerous risk when you keep a gas lantern in a tent.
When there’s an emergency at night (including bathroom emergencies), you have to fumble with matches and tanks to light a propane tank. With an LED lantern, you simply flip a switch for instant illumination. Several LED camping lights come with emergency settings, like a flashing strobe light, if you need to signal others for help.
Read more about how LED camping lights compare to propane lanterns.
- Use high-power LED flashlights to start a fire. When your matches get wet or your lighter is a dud, use an LED camping light to get the flames going. Use the following techniques if you have an extra flashlight and batteries to spare.One method of starting a fire with an LED torch is to remove the reflector from the flashlight’s head or bezel. The larger, the better. On a sunny day, use the reflector to direct sunlight onto a pile of dry tinder or kindling. If you have a magnifying glass, use it to intensify the heat from the sun.
Another method to create fire is to use the flashlight’s alkaline batteries and some strands of steel wool, which are flammable when dry or wet. To start a fire, softly run the battery contacts on the steel wool, which you place in a contained fire pit (not your lap or a table). The electric current that travels from the batteries to the steel wool produces heat and flames.
Starting a campfire is a task best left to adults. However, a responsible older child or teen can try the techniques mentioned if an adult carefully supervises him or her.
Find more ways to use an LED flashlight to start a fire.
- Mosquitoes are not always attracted to LED lights. One of the worst things about having a light on at night during the spring and summer is the bugs that it attracts. When you go camping, it’s not unusual to see bug zappers hanging from the entrance of tents. With a high-power LED flashlight or lantern, you don’t have to put up with the buzzing noise and blue glow emitted by the zapper, the smell of citronella candles or the stench of bug sprays because mosquitoes aren’t attracted to LED lights.Unlike the bulbs on incandescent flashlights, LED lights don’t produce enough heat to attract mosquitoes. This means that you can hang your LED lantern, put out pathway lights and even wear an LED headlamp without fear of attracting a swarm of the blood-sucking bugs.
See how LED lights can also help at home.
Because of the efficiency, durability and safety that they offer, LED flashlights and lanterns outperform their traditional counterparts in almost every way. From flashlights to headlamps to emergency area lights, Coast offers a great selection of LED lights that are ideal for the outdoors that are backed by their quality guarantee.