I looked up lumen output a while ago when I was contemplating getting
an LED lantern to replace my Propane Coleman. I don't recall the
exact numbers now but in broad terms the LEDs put out a few hundred
lumens and the Propane lanterns put out 1000 or more. I did buy an
LED lantern but it puts out nowhere near the light of the propane. For
lighting the inside or a tent it's fine but for lighting up the whole
of a campground the Propane is what does the job. I have two propane,
one a Coleman and the other some off brand. The Coleman is about
twice as bright.
Given the choice between only those two, propane wins hands down. It's safer to use and
transport, you don't have to worry about spilling anything, and it's easier to find.
But the choice isn't limited to only those two: like Ed said, check out the LED lanterns.
On Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:58:53 -0500, Stormin Mormon
For camping I prefer propane - no stink, no slopping flamable fuel,
no filter funnel required.
For power cuts a duel fuel liquid fueled lantern is ideal - you can
run it on leadfree motor fuel.
My choice for power interuuptrion though is neither. A good LED
battery operated lantern is much safer and works very well.
On Monday, January 18, 2016 at 8:58:52 PM UTC-5, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I prefer propane because I don't like storing or transporting liquid fuel. I also use the
small propane tanks for my portable stove and grill for short camping trips and picnics.
Therefore, one fuel for all purposes.
For longer camping trips, I have a Y connector and long hoses so I can use my portable
stove and grill with a single 20 lb tank. I can also refill the 2 lb tanks for the lantern from
the 20 lb tank.
However, on my last camping trip I left the lantern home and threaded a 5 meter string of
LED's through the framework of my pop-up canopy. It was powered by a jump start battery
pack and hooked up through an LED dimmer control. It was sweet. Full bright for meal prep
and low, mellow light for most other activities. SWMBO absolutely loved the convenience.
On 01/19/2016 07:41 AM, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I have a string of red LED Christmas lights in my hall. These are called
"Lilly's lights" since I originally put them there to avoid stepping on
the little cat who often slept in the hall.
I also have an old UPS that won't put out enough power for a PC, but it
will operate those LEDs. It's nice to have some light during a power
outage, such as after the tornado last May. BTW, I was in the hall when
it went out.
On Mon, 18 Jan 2016 22:54:55 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
You better hurry and get a LED lantern. The world is running out of
LEDs. The LED mines are all running out, and soon there will be no more
of them. The miners keep digging deeper trying to locate more LEDs, but
it appears there are no more anywhere in the world. So, when our present
supply of them runs out, LEDs will no longer be available anywhere in
the world. Thats when beeswax candles will become popular again!
For light output, I like my fueled Coleman best. Liquid fuel probably
preferable to gas as its cheaper and you could also use gasoline.
My Coleman is over 30 years old, moderate use, and only a couple of new
mantles needed. I used to take it to my friends hunting camp and it was
great for tracking blood trails at night.
I've been disappointed with all the LED lanterns I've bought.
Have not seen one that put out enough light to read by.
it has an 11W CFL powered by 8 D cells and throws a pretty bright
beam a considerable distance.
Set it FACE DOWN (!) and "stretch" the body:
to expose the SIDES of the bulb as an "area lamp" -- more than adequate to
read by, light a large tent, etc.
OTOH, spare bulbs are $5...
Missed the cfl part until I read your reply. Looks good but I have to
agree with you. All the led lanterns I have are the multiple bulb types
that are maybe only good in finding your way to the bathroom.
LED lamps tend to be good at throwing light in *one* direction.
When you want to light an area "from within" (as opposed to "from
above" or "from the side"), you need a light source that emits light
in all directions.
You can buy "corn-cob LED arrays that try to do this. Or, other
configurations with various types of diffusers.
When the CFL dies in this lantern, I'll gut the electronics and
retrofit a corn-cob emitter array in its place -- forfeiting the
"beam" capability in favor of the "lantern" capability.
If I get ambitious, I'll see if I can find a gelled electrolyte
battery to cram in it in place of the 8xD cells (which are not
But, I can afford to wait and see what newer lighting technologies
and packages come along before undertaking those modifications...
Looking at Coleman lanterns on Amazon, I see my classical unit is about
100 bucks and all others, gas or battery are cheaper. You can also get
the lumen output of some of them and mantles are 2-3X that of batteries.
I believe the classic puts out 1,400 lumens which is close to that of 2
15 watt cfl's. I just skimmed the field and may not be exactly accurate
but like to see lumens posted for any light I buy. Also read Amazon
reviews where some customers say some units are nowhere near as bright
I buy nothing but LED flashlights these days and sorry I have several as
they just keep getting stronger and cheaper.
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