You may not give lights too much thought- until it becomes a necessity. Stumbling through the forest from the campfire to your tent in the dark is no fun. There are so many different lights to choose from- so I wanted to add my thoughts on the one light that I really like to use in camp. And so here is my Streamlight Siege Lantern Review.
Benefits of the Streamlight
Unlike flashlights that can blind you momentarily, these lights are easy on the eyes. If your kids are like mine- they love shining that flashlight directly into your eyeballs. The nice soft light from these are bright enough to use for games in the evening and walking to the tent safely.
This light is also easy to carry unlike a typical Gas lantern that has glass. We use these gas lanterns in camp- but do not let the kids play with them. The kids like having their own light to carry around; these are small enough to even place in hoodie pockets when they are not in use.
These lights can also be used in various ways. We like to hang them from inside our tent; which gives us a nice cozy feeling. My daughter also likes to use this light at night when she reads in the tent. This Streamlight sits easily beside her -a shining beacon that illuminates the pages of her Twighlight Book.
Finally, and the BEST part about these lights is that they are safe to use. They require batteries and have zero glass. So no worries about fires starting or glass breaking.
How to use the Product
These lights are pretty straightforward to use. There is this white radial button on the light. You can push down and hold for several seconds to get either the White light or the Red. It can be a little tricky at first- but if kids can figure it out, so can adults. ?
Here is a video on Amazon to get more details on how to use this lantern.
My kids and I have these lights with us from dusk until we go to bed. There is a handle that makes it easy to carry around. To hang these in the tent- we use black hair ties. You loop it through the handle and then connect it to the hooks in the tent. We have also set this light in the middle of the table so the kids can play their card games in the evening.
My kids and their friend playing a serious game of Uno
Product Description and Features
- Cordless, alkaline battery powered lantern
- Provides 360 degrees of soft even light that illuminates large areas
- Stable on slippery or uneven surfaces.
- Four white C4 LEDs and one red LED.
- White light: 540 Lumens runs for 30 hours, Medium Light: 275 Lumens and runs for 70 hours, Low Light: 55 Lumens and runs for 295 hours.
- One red LED (steady nigh vision preserving mode)
- Power button is recessed- prevents accidentally turning the light on.
- Uses 3- D Cell alkaline batteries (which are sold separately)
- Base diameter: 80 in, Height: 7.25 in, Weight 1 lb 15.0 oz with batteries
Who is the Product for?
This light is designed more for camping than backpacking. For any individual or family that goes camping this is a great light to use! Especially for those parents who are safety conscious- the Streamlight is the perfect gear to have in camp.
Streamlight has been in business since 1973. They have such a great product because they understand what their customers need. They go camping and use lights in the same ways. They even take courses in low-light shooting and believe in hands-on, real world experience that lead to new innovative ideas.
What could be improved
For some, this Streamlight Lantern could be considered a bit expensive. However, this light will last you a long time. We’ve never had any problems with this light and we use them year after year. Check it out here on Amazon:
The one star reviews were related to not receiving the right light or the product being dead upon arrival (and yes, the person had batteries).
Favorite Amazon Quote on the Product:
“There are just some things you get you don’t appreciate it when you first get it. for me it was the handle on the lantern. when saw it i was thinking it was some goofy marketing thing. after a few camp trips this is my go to camp light”- Greg
You will not go wrong buying this light- You will see how easy it use to use, convenient to have around camp, and how much fun your kids will have with their own bright light to use.
Let us know how you like this light- or have other ways that you have used it. Or- just leave a comment below on what you think about this light.