There’s a million and 1 ways of lighting whilst camping. Maybe is the stars, the campfire, head torches, candles, Swedish log, led lighting, mini generators and even using a 6litre milk bottle.

I’m going to show you what I use at camp, what’s worked and what hasn’t.

When we say Camp Lighting what do we mean, what is the purpose.

Do you need lighting for walking to the toilet block in the middle of the night or do we want to light up our family tent?

I’m pretty sure you’ve seen the 6ltr milk bottle with the head torch attached to it, some folk add a glow in the dark stick or a dash of bleach to the water. To be honest, it’s not the best form of lighting. It gives a “glow” but I wouldn’t say it’s amazing.


Solar lighting for 99p store:- they are ok for lighting ur tent but for lighting your tent or the path to the toilet. Some folk swear by them and to quote Simon Colwell “it’s a no from me”


Tiley lamps

tiley lamp

Personally I don’t like these lamps. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been brought up with them and properly know how to use and service them. I like the look and style of them but that’s about it. I know fellow camping buddies love Tiley lamps, they love the smell of the paraffin, the heat that they give off. But for me it doesn’t really appeal to me.

tiley lamps advert


Here’s some of my Favourite lighting equipment…

 

I love making things, some work some don’t work. But something that does work and looks pretty cool is the bushcraft candle.

 


Lantern- Candle/LED

Brass candle lantern– very fashionable at the moment as it’s in fashion with the “Retro” feel that’s been really big recently. With a candle lighting you get the romantic flicking lighting- yes you can recreate that with modern day led candles. But you can’t beat a proper wax candle. These brass candle lanterns fold down flat and are reasonably light weight.

I’ve got quite a few LED lanterns. Ranging in cost price from just over £1 for a pop up style LED lantern , to my favourite rubber and rather robust VARTA indestructible lantern costing just over £40. It kicks out a great amount of light for a 5 watt lantern

My latest camping lighting gadget is a simple “Light bulb” which works using a simple on/off pull switch.

It looks like a normal indoor standard light bulb on the end of a rope. The bulb is actually a battery operated super bright LED lamp. Hang it virtually anywhere inside or out. Just pull down on the bulb to switch on or off. I’ve hung mine up in the porch area of my family tent.

Scout Storm LED Lantern

It looks like a normal indoor standard light bulb on the end of a rope. The bulb is actually a battery operated super bright LED lamp. Hang it virtually anywhere inside or out. Just pull down on the bulb to switch on or off. I’ve hung mine up in the porch area of my family tent.

bulb on a rope

 


Washing machine fire

This has to be 1 of the coolest camping Gadget I’ve made myself getting the idea from Old man Woodcraft. It’s exactly what it says on the tin. A Fire pit made out of an old washing machine drum. It works really well because of all the little air vents. Aswell as giving off a great amount of light and heat. You can also use it to cook on it. The hole in the washing machine is the perfect size for a standard Dutch Oven, I’ve used it as a bbq aswell.Washing Machine Fire Pit

 

How about making your own Windproof Beer Can Lantern as an alternative candle lantern


Some other camping lighting ideas that I haven’t used but I know others used

-Solar lighting bulb
-Biolite
-Luminoodles- these looks kind cool and looks like the old rope lights
-Battery powered or solar fairy lights
-Strip lighting run off a car battery