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How to choose the right light

How do you know which luminosity level to choose between 40 and 500 lumens? How do I choose the most suitable light for my sport? A camping light has a very specific purpose, so how do I know which one to use?

In this article, we explain how to make the right choice of camping light based on four criteria: the number of people who need light, the time the light will be used, the area to be lit (indoors or outdoors) and the comfort of use in an outdoor environment.

How to choose the right camp light.

1/ Which camping light to choose depending on the number of people who need light.

"Tell me how many lumens your light has and I'll tell you how many people it can be for".

One of the first criteria is wattage of the light. For LED lights, which are the most common, efficient and economical on campsites (as well as at home), this is expressed in lumens (lm). This measurement shows the total amount of light it produces.

• For a camping light that will be used for just one person, opt for 40 or 50 lumens.

• For two people, choose a 100 lumen camping light

• For four people, simply double the value for two people, so you'll need 200 lumens (simple, isn't it?).

• For an ultra-powerful camping light that can be used for up to eight people, you'll need 400–500 lumens.

That's just as well, because Quechua has thought of the needs of lone hikers and groups who want to have some light in the evening to chat and play cards! Our range includes LED camping lights for one person (40 or 50 lumens), two people (100 lumens), four people (200 or 230 lumens) and up to eight people (400 lumens).

Also, the shape of our lights means that they can shine at 360° for optimum illumination!

>> See the full range of Quechua camping lights

Lighting for camping: child’s play! As your child gets older, they will surely want to have their own light to be independent and stay up at night (after all, it's the holidays and there's no school tomorrow!). Quechua has thought of your little ones’ search for autonomy and has designed a 40-lumen light that's easy to use and resistant to shocks and rain! And its cubic shape makes it easy to slip into a bag without taking up much space. It even has a little handle so your child can carry it anywhere. It's available in three colours, so each of your children can have their own.

>> View the BL40 camping light

Of course, these values expressed in lumens are the maximum values for the light. Many LED camping lights, including those in our range, have several modes and light levels to alternate between full power, dimmed or red light. Why a red light? We'll tell you all about it below. Stay with us!

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Discover the lumens increase :

Throughout the BL40, BL50DYN, BL100, GL160, BL200, BL230, the torch option of the BL230 and the BL400 :

How to choose the right camp light.

2/ Which camping light to choose depending on how long you will be using it.

Operating time is linked to the light's autonomy, expressed as a number of hours at a given wattage. This means that a light used at its maximum power will discharge more quickly than if it were used with a soft light at half the maximum lumens or in red mode. For each light, refer to the product data sheet to find out its precise autonomy.

For example:

• The BL100 camping light (with 100 lumens, so it's all in the name!) has autonomy of 26 hours at 100 lumens, 60 hours at 50 lumens and 130 hours in red mode.

• Certain lights can be recharged with a dynamo. Their autonomy will therefore depend on your own energy to turn the crank! This is the case with the BL50 LED camping light (50 lumens, as it says in the name!). You'll need one minute of elbow grease for four minutes of light. And if you're ever exhausted after your hike, you can always recharge it using the included micro USB cable from a standard power socket or a camping solar panel.

How long does a camping light last?

The average time we take as a basis is two and a half hours of use per evening. To give you an idea, our range goes from one to six evenings without having to recharge your light or change the batteries.

How do you recharge Quechua lights?

We gave you a bit of a spoiler above when we talked about dynamo recharging. But our Quechua lights can also be recharged in other ways!

• By (micro) USB cable. This USB cable (included) can be plugged into your phone's adapter (not included). If you're going exploring in your car, you can also recharge it from your vehicle's cigarette lighter.

• By dynamo, of course.

• With electric batteries for certain small models.

For the BL200 and BL100, allow three hours and 40 minutes for a full charge from a 220V mains socket. An indicator light tells you whether the light is fully charged or not.

For the latest model, with a USB C cable included (instead of a micro USB), allow around three hours, again using a 220V mains socket.

To help you know when your light is at the end of its charge, the light flashes as soon as it has 10% energy left!

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3/ Which light to choose for inside or outdoors.

The big difference between lighting in a tent or outside is the risk that the light will have to withstand the elements, especially the rain. Secondly, it's true that you may not want to bother with an indoor or outdoor light (it was already a real game of Tetris getting everything to fit in the boot of the car).

So, we recommend a versatile, rain-resistant light with several lighting modes. The best of the best: an ultra-powerful light with several softer modes, a red light mode and that can be placed on the ground, on a table or suspended.

At Quechua, all our LED camping lights are IPX4 rated: they are resistant to rain in all conditions. They're perfect for both outdoor camping and bivouacs!

Spotlight on the BL230, our most versatile camping light

Quechua has designed the BL230 light so you and three other people can be well-lit when camping or bivouacking, without having to compromise. With a maximum output of 230 lumens, it has four lighting modes: red light at 15 lumens, yellow light between 80 and 230 lumens and – the icing on the cake – a torch mode with a white light at 40 lumens!

Why all these modes? Well, this adjustable brightness adapts to what you're doing while camping: the red mode and the two yellow modes are perfect for eating, cooking or reading, while the torch mode is ideal for moving around or searching through your belongings without waking the whole group.

A single button switches from one mode to another. It can be set down or hung up thanks to its adjustable strap. And it weighs just 150g!

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4/ How to light your campsite without compromising on comfort.

Compact camping lights to take everywhere

The more compact a light, the less space it takes up. And we all know that space is at a premium when it comes to camping!

A compact light will be easy to transport and carry, making it both a camping light and a bivouac light if you want to take more than just a headlamp with you when you go roaming.

A camping light that you can hang anywhere

Its shape gives it stability and the ability to be suspended, as well as the possibility of having several lighting modes for greater visual comfort.

Lighting modes to suit your needs

Adjustable brightness means you can dim the lights in the evening for a "cosier" feel (or so you don't wake up all at once in the morning if you get up before the sun). It also means your eyes won't be so tired from too much light!

Having an ultra-powerful camping light is all very well, but you risk dazzling your neighbours if you have to turn it on at full power to look for something in the middle of the night!

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Spotlight on the BL400, our light with multiple lighting levels

Ultra-powerful, solid and rechargeable, the BL400 has more than one intensity. It can be used in tents or outdoors, and can be used for between four and eight people for up to three and a half hours at maximum output. It has five modes: one red light and four yellow light intensities: 30, 100, 200 and 400 lumens. A simple rotation will allow you to switch from one light intensity to another! All in all, it's likely to be more fashionable than most of the lights in your home! It might even end up as a mood light in your living room during your evenings at home between two weekends at the campsite...

The red light is easy on your eyes

Some models of camping light have adjustable brightness and a light "colour" (usually white, yellow or red). The red light is extremely useful at night, so you can move around or look for things without being dazzled. And yes, your eyes will have got used to the low light levels outside and you may well regret using a 200 lumen light!

The red light also allows you to observe nocturnal animals without disturbing them, but without being in complete darkness yourself.

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5/ Rechargeable camping light or lantern: what is the difference?

Finally, let's end on a high note with some semantics (we love camping as much as we love words!).

We sometimes hear people talk about camping lights, and sometimes about camping lanterns. In the Quechua language, these two terms are synonymous, since "lantern" means "box with openwork, translucent or transparent walls, containing a source of light," according to the dictionary. Our lights therefore meet these criteria.

However, there are brands that offer camping lights based on the design of traditional lanterns, sometimes powered by a camping gas bottle. And the dull gas camping lights, while charming, are also generally heavier. At Quechua, we prefer LEDs for their performance and lifespan (up to 100,000 hours – that's a lot of camping nights!). And in terms of design, we've given the old gas camping lanterns a facelift, while retaining the 360° lighting!

LED camping lights (or lanterns) are often rechargeable and can be plugged into USB solar chargers, like solar panels, so you don't always have to find an electric socket (not always available if you decide to camp in an isolated spot to recharge your batteries close to nature).

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