When night sets in, a tent can become a pretty dark place. A little bit of lighting can go a long way to creating a practical, comfortable living space. The question is, what is the best way to light a tent. Campers need something that is easy to use, powerful enough to work and has enough power for the whole camping trip. Here are some solutions.
Some Simple Light Sources for Your Tents
This is simple and basic. Many solo campers in small tents get by with a good torch with an LED bulb and powerful battery. This is perfect for searching through luggage in the dark and finding your way to the bathroom. Yet, it isn’t that practical as consistent internal lighting or as a hands-free approach. There are some tent designs that have torch holders, but there are still limitations.
A larger lantern
A better solution is a lantern from a dedicated hook in the top of the camping tent. Not all tents have this, but this is a great option for cabin tents with the space. The question here is which form of power should campers to light the lantern. An LED battery powered option is ideal. We don’t really want to start bringing any naked flames into the tent.
Built-in LED lights in tents
Then there are some camping tents that have their own LED lighting rigged into the tent for a clear, hands-free approach. When designed well, these bulbs can illuminate the whole tent with minimal power needs. This built-in option removes an item from the checklist and should solve any installation issues.
Lights for kids
Many adults will make do with a basic white strip along the center of the tent. Kids might prefer to string up battery or solar powered fairly lights to add a nicer look. These soft lights, with pretty designs, can also act as comforting night-lights for those a little scared of the dark. Alternatively, why not try and find an actual night-light with the right power supply.
This raises the issue of charging and powering these lights
A torch or small bedside light can get by for a while on its rechargeable battery as it wont be used that much. However, larger lighting rigs and lanterns may struggle if used more consistently. This is where it helps to have some form of power supply outside the tent. Solar panels with appropriate connections can provide power to these batteries. This is possible during the day, if it is safe to leave the device outside to charge. Alternatively, there are some camping tents with flaps and ports for cables to travel into the tent. This means a solar connection to an internal light source. Then there is the option of USB charging for lights from a power pack.
It is important to choose the power supply, charging system and lighting style that suits the camping trip. Solo campers in small single-person tents don’t need the same type of lighting as large groups in cabins. Think about your needs, research your options and be prepared with the right power source.