Things to Consider When Buying Perfect Lantern

The word “Lantern” comes via French from the Latin language. ‘Lanterna’, which is possibly itself derived from Greek. Lanterns use a wick in oil, & other essentially protected candle-holders, used functionally, for light or decoration.  Before the manufacturing of glass sheets, animal horn scraped thin & flattened was used as the translucent window.

The ancient Chinese used to captured fireflies in transparent or semi-transparent containers and used them as (short-term) lanterns. Chinese festivals are incomplete without the decoration of lanterns. Each year floating & sky lanterns are used on a wide scale as a symbolic guide for the souls of their ancestors.

Types of Lanterns:

1- Oil Lanterns

2- Battery or electrical lanterns

3-Wall Mounted or fixed lanterns

4-Portable lanterns

Oil Lanterns:

Such type of lanterns run with oil, you need kerosene or any other type of oil to illuminate them which is considered a very old method. Such type of lanterns is also less bright.

Battery or Electrical Lanterns:

Such types of lanterns run with a battery and mostly are rechargeable. These are considered a more reliable source of emergency light instead of oil lanterns. They also provide high bright light because of the presence of LEDs as compared to oil lanterns. This is the reason LED lanterns are gaining more popularity and are used commonly now.

How to Choose an Emergency Lantern:

Choosing a lantern is no big deal. With a little patience, you can find a perfect model that fits your budget & also has all the qualities of a good lantern & will not let you down in the wilderness. There are few things to keep in mind while choosing a perfect lantern.


The brightness of an emergency or portable lantern is measured in Lumens. This is a unit that describes or measures the right amount of light emanated from an apparatus in any one direction. Picking up a portable lantern which has a brightness of no more than 250 Lumens is ok.  Lanterns with high bright light may harm human eyes.


The battery of the lantern should hold enough charge. Keep in mind that don’t ever use lithium or lithium-ion batteries for your lanterns. Always use alkaline batteries for best results. You can also extend the life of these batteries by storing them in a warm and dry place.

Adjustable brightness:

Another fundamental quality you should consider while choosing a lantern is, its adjustable brightness so that you can adjust brightness according to the situation.

Solid construction and durability:

Longevity is just about as important as performance. Some lanterns are made of weak plastic or a durable strong material while some lanterns are made from strong material and can withstand a fall from as high as seven feet.

Reasonably priced:

Depending on your usage, pick a model that fits your budget easily. If you research good enough, you will find dozens of reasonably priced lanterns that do their job really well.

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