LED Lights for Lanterns

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Blog entry by Eeyore posted 12-12-2020 02:23 AM 627 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know how many people are working on lanterns like I am, but I found these the other day and have to recommend them.
They are battery-powered LED “bulbs” with 12 bright, warm LEDs in a closed plastic capsule. I ordered one to see what they are like, and wound up ordering a dozen so that I’ll have plenty to use.

Each one is about the size of an unlit votive candle, but much brighter and obviously safer. You can hang them from an included wire bail, chain them together for more light, or rest them on their lids as candle replacements. This is the best LED candle replacement I have seen, and I have been looking for a long time.

These are designed and sold by company that specializes in holiday and event lighting, so they are sold with professional use in mind. They also cost much less than other solutions I have seen, so you can afford to get a few. I was using camping lanterns ($45) and garden lights ($10) in my andon lanterns, but these only cost $6 each (plus batteries).

The site says that you need to buy the remote ($4, comes with batteries), but the light turns on automatically when you put batteries in it, so that’s not strictly true. The remote gives you access to more brightness levels and the flicker functions, though.

I just got mine in the mail today, so I can’t speak to long-term reliability, but I don’t see any huge flaws in build quality. I am worried that the plastic lid might crack with use, and it keeps the battery contacts pressed to the batteries, so that would be bad. We will see.

Anyway, I have no commercial connection to this manufacturer, distributor, and retailer, I am just excited to finally be able to buy these, and wanted to recommend them to my friends here. I you’ve been looking for a good way to illuminate a woodworking project and don’t want to use an actual flame, this might be it.

-- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans

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