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Lake Trail Camp Light Better Than Expected

Reviewing: Lake & Trail Camp / Table Light  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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I took a chance on buying this inexpensive camp light, and it’s the best one I ever owned, probably due to the krypton bulb.

This lamp is strictly for base camping. It is much to heavy and bulky for backpacking. But I found it to be stable, and bright enough to actually be able to read.

I have had two other battery-operated camp lights, and although they could give enough light to work around camp, guide the way home from the latrine, or maybe play games, none of them was bright enough to read by. When I am base camping and it gets dark early, reading is what I like to do, so I sure haven’t been happy with those other lights. So when I was getting ready for my most recent trip, I decided to see what I could find that was affordable.

Lake & Trail is known for low end camping gear, so I liked the price, but wasn’t expecting too much. But I figured nothing could be worse than the ones I had previously tried.

This comes in four pieces, the base and neck, the harp and the shade. It requires 4 D cell batteries, which are not included.

It assembles (and disassembles if you want to store it in the box) very easily. Screw the neck into the base. The harp simply clips into holes in the sides of the neck, and then the shade slides over the top of the harp. This leaves a loop at the top which allows you to hang the light if desired. There is a turn-button switch on the base. Overall assembled height 12.5 inches. Width of shade at widest point 6.5 inches. The base is 4 inches in diameter. The battery cover snaps out so you don’t need any tools to insert or change them.

All of the plastic is very sturdy. It’s not going to shatter easily. The lamp is very stable and will not tip over easily.

The box claims that the krypton bulb is 200% brighter, and I think it is this bulb that makes the lamp so much better than the others I’ve had. These bulbs are now standard replacement items for flashlights and other types of portable lighting.

I used this inside my tent and was able to easily read by it. The light is actually best when coming through the shade. I tried hanging the light and reading below it like you would do with a table lamp at home, but this wasn’t as good as setting the lamp on the tent floor and reading beside it. Not only was it bright enough, but there were no annoying shadow areas.

I used it three nights for about 2 hours each night, and the batteries were not showing any signs of discharge. This is also a big improvement over the other two lights I’ve tried, which both also take D cells. Those big batteries are expensive, and I hate it when they wear down really fast. It did not get hot to the touch at all. It’s really just a different configuration of a flashlight.

Fully assembled, including batteries, this weighs just about 2 pounds. So the suggestion to hang it from your tent may cause too much stress on a seam.

Made in China.