Campervan portable lighting advice
Campervan portable lighting guide
Portable lighting is essential when campervanning, both for practical and safety reasons
Our campervan experts guide you through all the portable lighting options available for you and your campervan, including torches, lanterns, awning light kits, power options and safety tips.
Introduction to campervan portable lighting
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Plenty of choice
Campervans come with inbuilt internal lighting, which are typically LED strips and/or downlighters, but you will need additional portable lighting for sitting outside or in an awning, and also for walking about the campsite at night. There are plenty of options to choose from.
Battery and charging options
Portable lighting used to be powered by replaceable batteries, but batteries are not very good for the environment and need to be disposed of correctly – never ever throw used batteries in with general waste.
Nowadays, rechargeable batteries are readily available, but most portable lighting now comes with an inbuilt battery, which is charged up through a USB cable.
If your campervan has power points, you can plug devices in to charge overnight. Otherwise, buy a good-size power bank that you can charge up at home before setting off.
Solar chargers are also available, but these need sun to work, so are not very reliable in the UK.
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A torch is essential
A pocket torch is an essential item in a campervan. Make sure you have a small pocket-size torch that is kept in the glovebox at all times, as this has myriad uses. If you arrive at your campsite at night or break down on the way, a torch is the first thing you’ll reach for.
While you’re camping, a torch that you can pop in your pocket is ideal for trips to the loo block, the pub, etc, so it’s worth having a personal pocket torch for every occupant in your campervan – kids especially love to have their own torch and it can also help provide reassurance if they are afraid of the dark.
Portable camping lanterns
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Get a portable camping lantern
A portable lantern is perfect for sitting at a table outside your campervan, whether in an awning or al fresco. The benefit of a lantern is that it is free-standing, so it will easily sit on a table while you’re enjoying dinner or a game of dominoes.
Lanterns come in many shapes and sizes - even collapsible silicone ones. Look for lanterns with various light settings so you have the choice of bright lighting though to mood lighting.
Many lanterns have a built-in rechargeable battery that also serves as a power bank, so you can charge up your phone with it, for example. Some lanterns even have an inbuilt Bluetooth speaker.
Avoid lanterns with glass components, as these can easily get broken and cause injuries. Similarly, for as romantic as they are, avoid candle-lit lanterns, as these are a fire hazard.
Campervan awning lighting
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Awning light sets
If you have an awning, you may want bespoke lighting, which attaches to the inside of the awning and hangs up out of the way.
Many brands offer purpose-built accessories to fit their awning ranges, so check out their essential accessory offerings before buying an awning. Vango, for example, uses its own SkyTrack system to which you can attach myriad items, including LED lighting.
Awning lighting varies in length and complexity, and power sources include USB, 12V and 230V mains electric.
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