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manicmuse
« on: June 29, 2012 07:56:02 AM »

My first night market is fast approaching and wanted advice on lighting.  I won't have access to electrical outlets.  I bought a few of those LED tap lights that you can affix to your display.  Those appear to work really well.  But, I need advice on illuminating my 10x10 tent.  Anyone have experience with the battery-op garden string lights or paper lanterns?  I didn't want to have to go thru dozens of batteries but unsure of my options. 

Thank you!  Rhoda
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2012 10:12:25 AM »

My boyfriend's father has an awesome battery-operated lantern that can illuminate a twelve person camping tent. It looks like a traditional propane lantern but with two vertical loops of fluorescent tubing inside, and it uses a big square 9 volt battery so it lasts quite a while! You might need two for opposite corners of the tent (you want people to marvel over your awesome crafts, not just find their bed), and I'd recommend hanging them to get the best light distribution. The only minus is that it's a stark blue-white light that might not illuminate your crafts in the most flattering manner possible. Using super-thin beige coloured crepe/tissue paper over the glass might help to warm the tone of the light without reducing the light output too much.

In general, I'd recommend you buy the most expensive camping lanterns you can afford, because this is an investment. Higher light output, long-lasting BIG batteries, and a rechargeable option (NiMH, not lithium) are all things you'll need to look at when you go shopping.

I hope you find a solution that works well for you Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2012 10:15:58 AM »

You can also increase the light output by using mirrors to reflect more light. Learned that when trying to get light out of those weak-as-water solar lamps.
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