Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bring Cool LED Light Into The Darkness!

    For Christmas last year I received a really cool lantern. I'd never seen one like it before and that's pretty rare! It's L.E.D. (Light Emitting Diode) based so it's particularly efficient. I really have a soft spot for flashlights and lanterns. When I was little, I used to build "forts." Mostly a couple of broomsticks with blankets and towels hung across to make a cozy spot.


Now that I think about it, perhaps that's why I like my tiny Class A RV?? Ah well, whenever I see a new, inventive or just plain cool light, I can't resist. When LED's began to come on the market, the number if nifty lights expanded dramatically. I am literally like the proverbial "kid in a candy store!"

This one was/is no exception.  It's a 3 sided triangular shape that looks very futuristic. Really appeals to me! It has a simple slider switch that turns it on and lets you set the brightness. From just enough to way too bright. It has 9 LEDs per side, that's 27 LEDs total. The plastic "chrome" plated reflector bounces all that light around and makes for a pretty decent floodlight. At the 3 flat sides, you get a vertical rectangle of light, that is much brighter.

I am not particularly fond of the 5600K "Daylight" color of the LEDs. Some people really love the way it looks, but I still prefer the 3200K "Regular Old Incandescent Bulb" color. Sort of an orange-y yellow. Seems... homey-er.

It's also got a convenient handle that can be used to hang the lantern wherever you need.

Since it's powered by 3 full size "D" cell batteries, it should last a VERY long time. The batteries do make it a bit heavy, but that's OK. It will be much harder to tip over.

I had a bit of trouble getting the battery cover to close properly when I inserted the batteries. It's a water-tight compartment and has a thin silicone seal around the edge. It only goes completely on in one direction (there's a locating tab so that was OK) but you have to simultaneously push it down AND start the center screw. After a few tries I finally managed to get it on properly.

Once the batteries were in, I waited until dark to try it out. Unfortunately, my RV is covered AND has about 8 inches of snow on it and plowed snow built up around it, so photos of the lantern working in the RV will have to wait!

In the House, WITHOUT a flash, my old digital camera shows it's pretty bright. Even on LOW. On HIGH you couldn't see the lantern in the photo at all!

When I held it up to a window and turned it on, it lit up a HUGE chunk of my backyard. Some of that is likely reflected light from the snow cover though.

All in all, a nifty piece of equipment. Whether you use it for emergencies, walks at night or just supplemental light, it will work well and look cool doing it.

Rich "The Wanderman"


  1. Looks very good -- I'm one who likes the daylite temperature. BUT -- what is the manufacturer or a way to find it easily?

  2. Anon,
    Since it was a gift, I have NO idea where it was purchased. I would try Rite-Aid and shops that carry seasonal gift merchandise. It's made in china, so that's all I have to go on.

    Rich "The Wanderman"

  3. Anon,
    Great info!

    Rich "The Wanderman"


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