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arryk
We just replaced our big eureka tent with something a little more heavy duty (RIP Copper Canyon 12). The new tent is made of a bit darker material however, than our old one, and it just eats light. We had been using a 100 lumen tent light, but it just doesn't cut it for this tent.

What do you folks use in your big tents? 

I'd be interested in hearing from anyone that has tried the coleman twin led 8d lanterns about them and how much light they put out in reality.

The ones I'm interested in are these:
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580 lumens I read.



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This one is advertised as 390 lumens.

Both run off 8 D batteries (12v), which is perfect for my setup.

What do you folks use in your larger and/or darker tents?
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HwyChef
Arryk, I have a 10x10 canvas tent from BlackPine/TurboTent. We use the little battery powered Coleman lantern in the tent hanging from the top center. It puts out enough light for the usual getting dressed / undressed, finding little things, etc. The kids can use it without worries. If you're trying to read a book, you'd have to sit next to it. We also just picked up a set of 3 little battery powered lanterns from Costco. One pack, 3 lanterns, AAA batteries included. They are very small, compact, and just just enough light for ambiance. I think they were about $20? They glow white, flash white, glow red, and off again. Cheers.
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Chucker
Hot weather, any LED lantern inside. Cold weather; kero or profane lantern.
Can put the profane inside a white 5 gal bucket as it acts to diffuse the light a bit, provides protection from tipping and melting the tent, and is ready to dry socks when lit. 

CF lantern will  heat and light of course but my wife's nose can take kero or propane better. 
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No fire inside a tent for me, of any kind. It's not worth the risk.
But for light I use a Surefire Siege lantern, Super bright led and bullet proof design..
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arryk
Chucker wrote:
Hot weather, any LED lantern inside. Cold weather; kero or profane lantern.
Can put the profane inside a white 5 gal bucket as it acts to diffuse the light a bit, provides protection from tipping and melting the tent, and is ready to dry socks when lit. 

CF lantern will  heat and light of course but my wife's nose can take kero or propane better. 


Same situation for me, I run all CF lanterns, but couldn't even run a profane inside, it would give the wife a severe headache.

We have the cold weather situation handled thrice over lol.
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arryk
No fire inside a tent for me, of any kind. It's not worth the risk.
But for light I use a Surefire Siege lantern, Super bright led and bullet proof design..


Fire inside the tent isn't an issue, this has a stove jack and is made for wood stove heating and ventilation, though the fumes from lanterns are a no go for us.
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Lighting is a big issue though.. That color fabric is great in the morning for a darker tent inside, but it eats light inside much more than our copper canyon ever did when its dark.

Its a center pole design so you have to use hangers along these lines:
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Otherwise, we have two nightstands on which to do our lighting. We power everything from the battery in our trailer, so something which takes 8 d batteries (12 volts)  would be perfect.

Its got to be something that gives off a lot of light though.
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dbhost
For in the tent, my wife bought us a pair of the Bell & Howell Tac Light Lanterns.

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We've got a 10x20 Swiss Gear tent and put one on each end of the tent when we want to light all of it up. No heat, no flame, just light, and a LOT of it. I don't know the specific lumen rating of this one, but the Etekcity version is rated at 500 lumens, and I have seen these next to the Etekcity, and these are brighter. There are times when we have put a light shirt over the lantern to mute the light output as they are like I said, very bright.  
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1hpycmpr
One thing to remember is if you are using a real bright light in your tent and you are between the light and the tent wall, whatever is taking place inside the tent can most likely be seen from outside the tent.  Just something to think about.
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1hpycmpr wrote:
One thing to remember is if you are using a real bright light in your tent and you are between the light and the tent wall, whatever is taking place inside the tent can most likely be seen from outside the tent.  Just something to think about.

LOL, Mark, I wonder how many campers have unknowingly provided "entertainment" for others this way?
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I use a Streamlight Siege Lantern it's got three different settings for light output and can clip directly to the center of the tents
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Gasman64 wrote:

LOL, Mark, I wonder how many campers have unknowingly provided "entertainment" for others this way?
More than a few, Steve!
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Works that way in the privy enclosures as well! "Shadow puppets!"
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This is what I use in all my tents. No chance of fire. And its a Coleman too
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Wise us of Lighting in a tent avoids shadow shows...
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I think I have the same Coleman LED as Pastor Jeff?  It got exposed on one of my Eprey searches,  new and half price, so I bought it.  Two light settings

I haven't done more than the "walk in closet" test, but seems like a decent light.  Two light settings and flashing/signal

I also have the sliding LED (also has an LED flashlight on the bottom) which is a good "I need a Facilatree" light, or "I need to find something in a dark corner" light. you can also only partially slide it out for less light (same power consumption though)

The other sliding  "Screen Light" it uses the screen to disperse the LED light and is now in my new small camp box on the Stove/Lantern side to provide "setup light" if I pull into camp in the dark, (enough for setting up the 24274 Frank for use).  I like that one quite well!  VERY even light off the screen! (Its an Eveready), Two light settings 

And the Red Coleman in the lower right has been my tent light for several years now.  it has a magnet in the base, so can be very useful,it also has two light settings plus a yellow light 2 LED light.  I'm still on the first set of AA's, as its a dressing/undressing light only (I use the Lithium batteries  in ALL of these...)

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arryk
Pole hangers arrived, and they work OK, but I'm semi considering something along these lines:
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If I can find one that puts out enough lumens, slide it up to 8 feet and it would hypothetically cover the whole footprint.
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