Classic Lantern Blog Fri, 31 Jan 2020 12:52:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Classic Lantern 32 32 The Best LED Lanterns for 2020 Fri, 31 Jan 2020 12:50:43 +0000 When you are planning to go on a camping trip, make sure to find the lantern that will make your trip enjoyable and comfortable. Finding the LED lantern that will fit your needs and your backpack is a challenging task. If you don’t want to waste your time on googling which LED lanterns to buy, you can check this list! Below you can see some of the best LED lanterns and their state-of-the-art features, so you can decide which one to buy for your next camping trip.

BioLite BaseLantern and Power Bank

BioLite BaseLantern is one of the first flat lanterns that you can easily pack up with you to any camping trip you might be planning. It does not take much space, yet it provides enough light in a practical radius. This specific lantern is popular among camping lovers because it has a smart technology that includes RGB color features, and smart alarm settings included in the free Bluetooth app. Of course, it is compatible with both iOS and Android!

During your trip you can easily adjust the colors of the lantern to the desired color range – be it a cozy warm light in a tent or a brighter white when outside. You can also use the lantern to charge your own devices as it also has USB outlets. While light and compact, the BioLite Lantern is also made from stainless steel helping the LEDs work more efficiently. It does not use any disposable batteries, only a rechargeable internal battery, so you can easily charge it when you have the chance. 

UCO Original Collapsible Candle Lantern

Candle lantern

This lantern is famous for being fairly light, only 249 grams or 8.8. oz! When you buy this collapsible candle lantern you don’t have to worry about packing other things; you can simply hang the lantern to your backpack or carry it around on your belt. The outside of the lantern is made from an easy-slide glass, so it is windproof, and you can use it in any weather conditions.

The small and yet powerful collapsible candle lantern can be useful for backpacking, snow camping, or similar activities. The Original Candle Lantern uses UCO 9-hour candle and provides warm natural light. To activate the lantern you simply twist it, and you will have all the light you need. You can get it from Amazon for a decent price shipped to any location in the world!

Enbrighten LED Camping Lantern

This bright LED light lantern will provide up to 200 hours of light on low setting and 35 hours on the high setting, illuminating everything within the 18.8 m (60 ft) range. For your own comfort, the Enbrighten lantern has three light levels – low, medium, and high. This lantern will come in handy when you are traveling with a group of friends, as it is also equipped with the USB portal. You can easily charge your phones or tablets during the camping trip. While the Enbrighten LED lantern is not rechargeable, it uses 6 D batteries, which are not included when you buy it from Amazon. The lantern is also water-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about camping in bad weather.

Choosing the Best LED Lantern for Camping Thu, 09 Jan 2020 13:29:00 +0000 When you are planning a camping trip, you always have to make a checklist of things to take with you. One of the things on the list is a camping lantern. You can choose from a variety of camping lanterns out there, but you might agree there are a lot of things to consider when choosing the right one for you. Factors include weight, how much light it produces, how long it lasts and how durable is it. Here are a few things you should remember when choosing the best LED lantern for camping.

1. Size

Lantern for Camping
Lantern for Camping

Depending on the number of people you are going camping with or even how many people will be in your tent, you need to consider the size of the lantern. Bigger isn’t always better since it’s going to be something you might need to carry around for many miles. In which case sacrifices will need to be made, either in brightness or battery life or both. If the purpose of the lantern is just to be able to see inside the tent, you won’t need much. But if you are buying one to illuminate the whole campsite – you’ll need something bigger. Of course, if you will be coming and going from the campsite by car, get as big a lantern as your heart desires.

2. Adjustability

It would be beneficial if you get an ultra-bright LED lantern that also has a degree of adjustability in terms of light intensity. You should be able to increase the brightness outside for better visibility and safety. However, once in the tent, you should be able to adjust the lantern to the setting that does not hurt your eyes. Also, light warmth might be a factor. If you will be using your lantern not only to light the area, but also to create a comfy atmosphere, you might want to get a warm light lantern, somewhere between 2700k and 3000k.

3. Brightness

Brightness is achieved by either having more powerful LEDs or by adding more LEDs to the array in the lantern. Both paths will have their disadvantages, which is why it is best to avoid them by getting something at the exact brightness you need. Remember, the lantern will have dissipated light, so buying the brightest one so you can see the farthest is rather useless. That’s what flashlights are for. Do your research about what brightness is needed for a certain radius of illumination. You might need the lantern just in the tent or on top of a table. Get the perfect brightness for those use cases.

4. Batteries

LED lanterns will come either with a built-in Lithium ion battery or will need external batteries to be bought separately. Since batteries constitute a significant portion of the lantern’s weight, you might want to consider paying for the more expensive Lithium ion option, provided you have a way of recharging it, either with a small solar panel that many lanterns now come with, or in your car. Lanterns with external batteries are cheaper, but mean that you’ll need to carry a supply of them around. This adds complication, since you won’t be able to recharge them, and won’t be able to easily dispose of the spent ones. Built-in batteries are usually worth the price.



How to Restore Antique Lanterns Sat, 28 Dec 2019 08:17:13 +0000 If you’re a lantern collector or just a lover or vintage pieces and want to restore an antique lantern, you’ve come to the right place. If you appreciate a good vintage collective, you understand how fragile these lanterns can be. The utmost care needs to be taken when dealing with antiques. Restoring an old lantern is something that can be taken on as a project, it can become an ongoing hobby, or just something to do to get a sense of fulfillment. Whatever your reason for doing so, there are certain things you must do to get the best results out of your restoration process. You’ll first gather all the necessary materials, disassemble the lantern, clean and polish. Keep reading to find out exactly what to do to restore your lantern.

Gather Materials

The first thing you need to do is gather all of the necessary tools and materials needed to restore your lantern. You’ll need gloves to protect your hands, a cloth, sandpaper, some type of rust remover, paint and a paintbrush. Of course, your lantern doesn’t work and needs electricity for light, so the materials needed for that are a bulb socket, light bulb, and wire with some type of switch.


First, you’re going to take the existing lantern completely apart. It may feel a little intimidating to begin with, but you can do it. The most important thing to remember is to be very careful not to break the glass. Once you’ve gotten the lantern apart, take a wet cloth and wipe it down to get it clean. When you wipe it down, you may notice several scratches and imperfections, but you’ll take care of that later.

Rusty, old lantern
Rusty, old lantern

Rust Removal

Now that you’ve got the lamp clean, you want to remove all of the rust from it as best you can. Instead of heavy grinding, use liquid rust remover. You can find rust remover in most grocery stores. Coat the lamp with the liquid, let it soak for a little while, and then take your sandpaper and sand like crazy. Not only will this remove all of the rust, but it’s also going to take care of any scratches and imperfections that you may have come across.


This is the fun part! Once you figure out what color you want your lantern to be, you can paint it. Painting your lantern is going to bring life back into it and give it a fresh new look. It’s best to paint your lantern outdoors, so spread out some newspaper, an old towel, or some cardboard on the ground and start painting. Be sure to get all of the cracks and crevices and try to be as neat as possible. Once finished, let it dry for a day or two.

Add Electricity

If your lamp isn’t in working condition, you’re going to have to add electricity to it yourself. Go ahead and reassemble the lamp, then put your wire through the top of your lamp and connect the wire with the bulb socket. Place your light bulb in there and you should have light! If not, you may want to have a handyman or electrician help you with this part, as it can be challenging and very dangerous.

Different Fuel Types for Your Lamp Fri, 13 Dec 2019 09:14:00 +0000 Oil lamps come in all different shapes, sizes, and types, however, all of them have one thing in common — they need oil to work. Oil lamps require a certain type of fuel to light up a space safely and effectively. Oil lamps burn about half an ounce of oil every hour. Some oils burn quicker than others, but you should always keep your oil lamp half full for best results. There are many different types of oil to use in your lamp, from kerosene to olive oil and even scented oil. Keep reading to find out some of the different fuel types you can use in your lamp.


Kerosene is the most popular type of fuel used in lamps. Kerosene is not only readily available, but it’s very inexpensive, causing it to be very popular among lamp lovers. The word ‘kerosene’ was derived from the Greek word for ‘wax oil,’ which is ‘keroselaion.’ You can purchase kerosene at any gas station and it also comes in prepackaged containers. Kerosene doesn’t smell the best when it’s burning because it contains some impurities. The smell isn’t as strong when burning kerosene outside.

Lamp Oil

Lamp oil belongs to the same family as kerosene, but it burns more clean. It has been purified and because of this, when you burn lamp oil, it doesn’t produce as many pollutants. Lamp oil can be bought in a variety of scents that you can find in most grocery stores. So, depending on what you want your house to smell like or what you’re in the mood for, you can get a lamp oil to fulfil that. Lamp oil is a little more expensive than kerosene and it doesn’t burn as bright. Lamp oil does evaporate over time, so to maximize its shelf life and get the most out of it, store your lamp oil according to its label, making sure its cap is secure.

Book and oil lamp
Book and oil lamp

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Olive Oil

A great alternative to both kerosene and lamp oil is olive oil, which is found in most kitchens. Olive oil is an odorless, renewable fuel that burns pretty fast. Olive oil is a little more expensive than kerosene and lamp oil, so use sparingly. Olive oil won’t burn until it reaches about 550 degrees fahrenheit, which makes it more compatible with thicker wicks.

Safety Tips

Always keep an eye on your lantern and never ever use mineral oil, pure gasoline, diesel fuel, alcohol, or household cleaners in your oil lamp. These substances are not to be used in lamps and are very flammable, which can be dangerous. Not only could a fire breaks out, but inhaling the vapors that are released when these materials are burned isn’t safe for humans. Using a fuel lamp with anything other than the recommended oils could result in fire, respiratory illnesses, explosion, or even death. Also, be sure to never overfill your lamp as this could lead to fire as well.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Camping Lantern Wed, 04 Dec 2019 15:04:00 +0000 A lantern is a very important part of any camping trip. While people love the night time when camping for building campfires, telling ghost stories, and taking walks, it can be very dark and extremely hard to move around. Camping in the dark with no light calls for tripping and stumbling over things. That is why lanterns are one of the top items to bring on a camping trip. Lanterns are also much needed to keep at home or in your car for emergency situations. Here are the most important things to consider when choosing a camping lantern.

Size and weight

The best lanterns to take on camping trips are those that are small and lightweight enough to transport. Smaller lamps are more ideal for backpackers since they barely weigh anything. These lanterns are perfect for backpackers since they have a low output. Not much light is needed for using the bathroom, having a small snack, or reading in your tent before bed. Alternatively, larger lanterns weigh more but they also can light up an entire campsite. Also, remember that battery-powered lanterns will more than likely weigh more than those that are solar-powered or rechargeable.

Battery Type

It is crucial to consider what type of batteries your lantern will take. Some lanterns use alkaline and lithium batteries, while others don’t. The downside to alkaline batteries is that they lose half of their capacity when the temperature gets below freezing. Lithium batteries, on the other hand, work a lot better in more freezing temperatures. If the lantern you choose does end up taking alkaline batteries, you should keep them wrapped in a towel, blanket, or on the inside of your sleeping bag to prevent the cold weather from sucking all their power.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Camping Lantern
Things to Consider When Choosing a Camping Lantern

Water Resistant

There aren’t many lanterns out on the market that are completely waterproof, however, many are water and splash resistant. Lanterns are used outside in all different types of weather conditions. They’re used near lakes and rivers, so some type of water protection is much needed in your lantern. While you won’t be submerging your lantern completely in water, it may get rained on or anything, so it’s important to have a lantern that can withstand some water.

Other Important Features

Another important feature to consider when shopping for a camping lantern is a hook or loop attached to the lantern for hanging purposes. It always comes in handy to hang your lantern from a tree, pole, or even inside your tent. You also want your lantern to have big, easy accessible buttons. Most times, you’ll be trying to turn on your lantern in the dark and big buttons allow you to do so with ease. Lastly, look for a lantern with wide legs that can be easily adjusted. These types of legs allow for a more stable base and you’re able to set up your lantern in more places.

Best Lanterns for Camping Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:29:00 +0000 If there’s one must have on any camping trip, besides a tent, it is a lantern. Not only will a lantern light up the area outside your tent, but it can also help you see to cook, navigate around in the night, and even do a puzzle in your tent. There is an extensive amount of camping lanterns out on the market today. It can be challenging to figure out which one is the best for you. What exactly makes a good camping lantern? Well, look no further because this article will list out the best lanterns for camping out on the market today.

Black Diamond Apollo

The Black Diamond Apollo is extremely lightweight, very durable, and one of the best rechargeable lanterns out there. This makes it one of the best camping lanterns to buy. It’s super easy to use, has a modern look to it and several built-in features. The lantern’s brightness is around 250 lumens, which easily allows it to light up a nice size campground. The Black Diamond Apollo is rechargeable but has a compartment that holds several backup batteries. Its special features include legs that pop out for extra stability and a big rubber power button for easy access. Even though this lantern isn’t completely waterproof, and the battery only lasts for six hours, this is a lantern that’s worth picking up for camping.

Streamlight the Siege

The Streamlight the Siege lantern has an easy carrying handle, is battery-operated and completely waterproof, making it one of the best camping lanterns out there. It’s extremely lightweight and durable, as it can withstand drops from as high as seven feet off the ground. It features a 200 lumen LED light, a cover that reduces glare, and has the ability to be hung from a hook. Not only is this one of the best camping lanterns, but it’s great for backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking.

Lantern out in the dark
Lantern out in the dark

Coleman Twin LED

The Coleman Twin LED is a bulkier lantern with a sport-like design. This lantern features a 390 lumen LED light that is super bright, as you can imagine. The Coleman Twin LED is not completely waterproof, as it can be used in the rain, just not submerged in water. It can be ran for up to 85 hours on the highest setting which makes it perfect for long, overnight camping trips. Although this isn’t the most lightweight lantern, it still makes for a great camping or backpacking lantern.

Black Diamond Voyager

The Black Diamond Voyager isn’t just a 140-lumen lantern, but it also works as a 50 lumen flashlight as well. It is a battery-powered lantern that takes four double-A batteries and it can be run for up to 40 hours at a time. This lantern is extremely durable and able to withstand drops and bangs, as its made up of very strong materials. It also features a sturdy metal hook allowing it to be hung wherever you please. It is very easy to use and control all functions, as one single button controls the entire lighting system. Even though the flashlight part of the lantern isn’t as bright as it should be, this still makes for a great contender when choosing a camping lantern.

How to Choose the Best Emergency Lantern Tue, 05 Nov 2019 09:27:00 +0000 Choosing the right lantern to use during emergency situations is no easy task. At some point in your life, you’re going to need an emergency lantern. Whether a major storm has hit your city and the electricity goes out or your car breaks down on the side of the road at nighttime, you will need a good lantern to help you out. With a little research and shopping, you can definitely find a lantern that not only fits your budget but has all of the requirements of a good one. Here are several things to keep in mind when choosing an emergency lantern.


The sole purpose of a lantern, especially an emergency lantern is to light up a space. You want a lantern that can illuminate a space, but you don’t want the light so bright that it blinds you. Lumens are the measurement of brightness, and a lantern of anything less than 25 lumens is only good for a nightlight. A good emergency lantern’s brightness measures around 250 lumens and is made up of non-glaring frosted plastic. A night light is very soft light and can be good for feeling cozy and helping kids fall asleep easily. Reading lights should be much brighter than a nightlight but without the glare. Somewhere in the middle lies the appropriate lighting needed for moving around the house safely in the dark, such as in an emergency situation.


While electric lanterns are popular, it is best to have a battery-operated lantern in an emergency situation. Battery-operated lanterns can be powered using both rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries. If you have several lanterns for emergency use, you don’t want to have to keep up with batteries for each one, so it may be best to buy batteries by the pack, and even by the multi-pack. This is to ensure that you have the right ones on hand when you need them. For regular use, rechargeable batteries are fine, but if there is no power, they’re basically useless. It is best to use alkaline batteries in your lantern. The lanterns on the market today can run for many hours on one set of alkaline batteries, which comes in handy during an emergency.

Budget friendly
Budget friendly

Budget friendly

When choosing the best lantern, of course, you want to pick one that is not only reasonably priced, but also within your budget. You don’t want to spend a boat load on a lantern for emergencies and then you end up barely using it. However, if and when the time comes, you do want to be prepared. There are just as many expensive brands out there as well as cheap models. So, do your research, check reviews, and compare prices to see what best suits you.


When it comes to an emergency lantern, getting one that is going to last is just as important as how it performs. A good emergency lantern can withstand an occasional drop or splash of water. If the lantern comes with a lot of parts to it, check to make sure they’re not made of weak plastic. You need strong, durable materials. A good emergency lantern is also waterproof. You never know when you may need to use it out in the rain or near a body of water.

Safety Tips for Indoor Oil Lamps Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:25:00 +0000 An oil lamp is a piece of equipment that holds and burns fuel to light up an area. Oil lamps are used by people all over the world for a variety of different reasons. They’re not only good for when the power goes out, but they’re used for decoration, to add ambiance, and around the holidays to feel warm and cozy. No matter the reason for using an oil lamp, it is so important to use safety precautions so that a fire is not started. Here are several safety tips to follow when using indoor oil lamps.

Use the correct oil

The most important thing when it comes to using an indoor oil lamp is the type of fuel that you put in it. You must use the proper fuel to ignite your lamp. Clear lamp oil is the safest, most reliable option because it is made only for oil lamps. One alternative to clear lamp oil is colored lamp oil, however, you need to be extra careful if you choose colored oil because it is very likely that it will leave stains on your lamp or burner. Never ever substitute lamp oil with gas, acetone, propane, alcohol, or any cleaning supplies that you may have lying around the house. The only other oil that is okay to use is citronella oil, only if you’re trying to keep bugs away using your outdoor lamp.

Adjust the wick

Adjust the wick
Adjust the wick

Not only should you not put too much oil in the oil font, but you want to make sure you’re keeping a trimmed wick. Wicks do not burn, instead, it is the oil that burns as it’s drawn up the wick. If you’re always trimming your wick, you will have a bright light, less smoke, and controllable, even flame. Always make sure to trim the charred edge of the wick before you light it. One wick will last a while if it is correctly drawing lamp oil.

Refuel with care

Never add more lamp oil to a flaming or hot lamp. Always wait until your lamp has had time to cool down before adding more oil. A wick that has been soaked in oil is very flammable so it should be kept away from any and all heat, once you’ve removed it from the lamp. Be sure to clean up any spills before filling your lamp with more oil.

Keep away from children and pets

Always keep your lamp safely away from any children or pets. Children are curious and find flames to be intriguing, so you don’t want to tempt them. Also, depending on the color of your lamp oil, many children may think it is soda or fruit juice and may want to take a drink, which could lead to life threatening injuries. It is best to keep your lamp out of children’s reach, so they aren’t tempted to touch it or drink the oil. Never leave your oil lamp unattended and make sure all curtains, blankets, and any other flammable items are kept away from it at all times.

How Lanterns are Useful Fri, 27 Sep 2019 11:07:00 +0000 Lanterns are used all over the world for many different things. Lanterns were made to illuminate spaces, but that is not the only thing they’re good for. In many cultures, lanterns are the symbol of joy and good fortune. Lanterns are used to give off good energy and bring good luck. Lanterns may have a deeper meaning to other nationalities, such as the Chinese and Japanese, but lanterns are bought for many different reasons. Railroads use lanterns for signaling, people use them as torches, and they’re mounted to many garages to light up the space at nighttime. There are many different uses for lanterns, and here’s a few of them.


Lanterns are so beautiful when lit up that they make for the perfect decor. People use them indoors as centerpieces for dining tables, on mantles to add ambience during holidays, and even in the bathroom as a nightlight. Lanterns are also used outdoors on patios, gardens and gazebos, as they add a serene look and feel to the spaces. There’s nothing like relaxing outside with a few lanterns lit, it can really make for a relaxing atmosphere. Some people even have several lanterns leading up to their entryway of their home, which is very pretty to look at and also keeps the surroundings safer at night. Lanterns are perfect for not only adding a nice touch to spaces, but for lighting up any dull area around your home.



Lanterns are a necessity when going camping, especially the battery-operated ones. Camping lanterns are essential because you need to not only stay safe, but you have to see what you’re doing. Bringing along a lantern will help you while setting up your tent, cooking, relaxing, and also if you need to wander off in the woods. If you’re camping, especially at night, your lantern may just be your only light source, so always make sure to bring along fresh batteries when you take a lantern on any camping trip. When packing up a lantern for camping, you want one that’s lightweight, waterproof, and rechargeable. It also needs to be durable and be able to withstand an adventure.


Having a good lantern in case of an emergency is crucial. Most people think of having flashlights on hand in an emergency situation, but lanterns are much better. Flashlights tend to burn out much faster and the beams on flashlights can sometimes be very hard on the eyes. If there was ever a blackout, a massive storm, or you were stranded somewhere, a lantern is one of the most important items that you would need to survive. A good emergency lantern should be compact, extremely bright, and it should run off batteries, even rechargeable ones. Another important aspect is price. You don’t want a lantern that is too expensive since it’s only going to be used in an emergency and who has emergencies all the time? So, you may not be getting any good use out of it, but it’s best to know that you have it if it’s ever needed.

Different Types of Lanterns Tue, 17 Sep 2019 10:05:00 +0000 In ancient times, people would burn handfuls of moss and shallow rocks for light because the only beam of light around was from the sun or moon. Lanterns were discovered thousands of years ago and are still heavily used today for many different purposes. Lanterns are used not only to light up spaces, but they’re used for railroad signaling, decoration, in religious ceremonies, and even in theater. With all of these different uses also comes various types of lanterns. Here’s all about the different types of lanterns.

Kerosene Lanterns 

Kerosene lanterns are lanterns that emit light from kerosene being burned. The very first kerosene lantern originated back in the 9th century. The invention of kerosene lanterns changed everything, as the lighting quality that had been used for all of those years had greatly improved. Today, kerosene is used for lighting by billions of people worldwide. Kerosene can also be used for other things such as powering jet engines and cooking. Even though kerosene is better than solid fuels when it comes to powering these things, kerosene can be dangerous because it can cause fires and explosions and result to injury. When using kerosene for anything, it is important to follow directions and not use it in enclosed areas.

Sky Lanterns  

Sky lanterns originated in Asia and are simply a hot air balloon with a small fire at the bottom of it. These lanterns float in the sky because of the fire that produces hot air that is lighter than cold air, which results in lifted lanterns. Sky lanterns are normally used in Chinese festivals and theater. Sky lanterns are also known as Kongming lanterns since legend has it that the first sky lantern was used in China when the military aka Kongming, wrote a message and let it off into the sky asking for help. Sky lanterns are also very popular among children and many people also believe that sky lanterns are a good luck charm. Today, sky lanterns have increased in popularity and many are using them during birthday celebrations, weddings, and all types of ceremonies. There is nothing more beautiful than tons of sky lanterns floating in the sky, especially at nighttime. Even though they are extremely beautiful to look at, they can be dangerous because these lanterns can land and cause a fire. Many countries have banned sky lanterns because of this.

Paper Lanterns

Paper Lanterns
Paper Lanterns

Paper lanterns, originating from China and Japan, are lanterns made from paper and silk. They have a wooden or bamboo frame and are lit using a candle wick. Paper lanterns were originally made to look like things from nature or the culture, however, today, many lanterns take on dramatic shapes and icons. Today’s paper lanterns have battery-operated lamps as opposed to candle wicks. Paper lanterns are a symbol of joy, good luck, and celebration. The Mid-Autumn Festival in China and Vietnam is known for using paper lanterns. Paper lanterns are an old tradition that many believe is very powerful, so they are still used all over today.