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Code3BBQ
04-08-2012, 01:59 AM
Hey guys. I have my first over night comp coming up next month. We have been going over the list several times of what we need to take. Thanks to all of the great resources on here and many of the competition books, we have come up with a pretty good list.

There is one thing that I have not found a lot of discussion on. That is what kind of lighting people use at night. Do most just use flashlights, headlamps, lanterns? Do many use any type of portable lights? If so, do they draw a lot of bugs? Just looking to see what others are using or what works best. Thanks.

Rich Parker
04-08-2012, 07:36 AM
I took a cheap 2 bulb florescent light from the home improvement store and wired an extension cord to it and used velcro to attach it to my ezup. Cost under 30 and was lots of light.

Get the light with a cover and use zip ties to secure it.

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bbqbrad
04-08-2012, 07:59 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Bayco-1000WATT-DUAL-HALOGEN-TRIPOD/dp/B004I6MS84/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1333886280&sr=1-2

This is what I use!

scm1226
04-08-2012, 08:19 AM
We have Christmas lights for overall lighting of the area (white). And we have these lamps that have clamps on them. Similar to the ones in biology labs a I high school. They work great.

Goddahavit
04-08-2012, 08:48 AM
rope lights around the canopy, works for us.

nthole
04-08-2012, 09:06 AM
We have 4 strings of christmas lights around the pop up and then these clamped above our worktable. Never lacked for enough light.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_203213-1373-FL-300NPDQ12_4294857041_4294937087_?productId=3122291&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_qty_sale s_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Work%2BShop%2BLights_4294857041_4 294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C %7Cp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1&facetInfo=

Muzzlebrake
04-08-2012, 09:24 AM
I use a 3' fluorescent work light wire tied to the EZ up. Found that a headlamp is very effective for checking inside the cookers.

moocow
04-08-2012, 09:30 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Bayco-1000WATT-DUAL-HALOGEN-TRIPOD/dp/B004I6MS84/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1333886280&sr=1-2

This is what I use!

Those are nice and bright but zap the power! Something LED of florescent only use an amp or two not 9 amps like the big halogen. If power is not an issue then have at it!

Fornia
04-08-2012, 09:42 AM
Another vote for the simple rope lights....we've been pleasantly surprised how much light they put off (but does a white canopy help with the lights?).

NS Mike D
04-08-2012, 09:47 AM
LED headlamp (super light and the LED is so much better than the old incandecent, and as mentioned, there is no shadow so whatever you need to see will be lit up.

Also we use a coleman propane lamp which can be adjusted to a wide range of illumination.

We string x-mas lights in the EZ UP and use if we have electricity hook up.

We don't use a gas generator (basic dc with invertor), so I like to make sure our power supply is dedicated to the gurus.

OMFGBBQ
04-08-2012, 10:33 AM
I use one of these and it works great. It is even on sale here!
http://www.toolbarn.com/wobblelight-wl85f.html?ref=base

early mornin' smokin'
04-08-2012, 10:38 AM
we used to use mini halogens. They were on sale at home depot, think like $9 or something. Probably 250 watt. but they're too damn bright and too hot also. Switching to led rope lights

MikeMSD
04-08-2012, 11:35 AM
We use rope lights strung around our canopy. The white canopy bounces most of the light back down so they work fairly well. For our 10x20 we use 50ft+10ft rope light joined together which just perfectly wraps around. Setup and take down is quick. For checking on the pit, usually headlamps or flashlights. If we need to do some work, we have an incandescent work light we can clip to something and if we really need to light up the night, we have a dual head halogen work light we can turn on though we rarely ever have to use it.

rexbbq
04-08-2012, 11:40 AM
I use simple work lights from home depot. You can hook them to the ezup and also they have an outlet built in, so you can charge your phone.

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ecodZ5yc1v/R-100354515/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=work+light&storeId=10051

JD McGee
04-08-2012, 11:44 AM
We use two of these (http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ecodZ5yc1v/R-100354513/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=work+lights&storeId=10051) from Home Depot...clamps anywhere, great lighting, and cheap! :becky:

http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/6c/6c1db632-b269-4cc5-80bb-9c69636928d0_300.jpg (http://javascript<b></b>:openFeatureFlex('http://fp.vendaria.com/vpop/VpopViewer.html?uid=100354513&iid=AddpfzvImumvmKvJJIIKfwKILumLKv&bg=FFFFFF&nm=BZOpener&err=0&title=&pf=t&fr=t','','587','632',true,false,false,false,false, false);)

Code3BBQ
04-08-2012, 04:43 PM
Thanks to everyone for their response. There are a lot of great, yet simple ideas. I really like the idea of the white rope lights and then the clip on lights for direct light as needed.

CBQ
04-08-2012, 05:08 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Central-Tools-12006-Bounce-Fluorescent/dp/B0002NYBPA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333919183&sr=8-1

Long cord fluorescent, can take a beating, easy to move around. We used to have a lot of string lights, fluorescents, etc., but now a couple of Bounce Lights and a LED headlamp for peering into the smoker are all we use.

caseydog
04-08-2012, 05:28 PM
Don't forget the good-old Coleman white-gas lantern.

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=492&pictureid=5133

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fireman_pete
04-09-2012, 01:17 PM
We use 4 of these with a 13 watt CFL and they work great. I bought a few cheap 10' extension cords at harbor freight and we just string them up. They have a switch and plug on each one. Plus the CFL bulbs pulls hardly any power. been using them 3 years now. Plus they are dirt cheap

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100665727/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=ridgid+light&storeId=10051

http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/12/12294317-6d7c-46ed-b76d-226d19dc2809_300.jpg

Stoke&Smoke
04-09-2012, 01:47 PM
We use two of these (http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ecodZ5yc1v/R-100354513/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=work+lights&storeId=10051) from Home Depot...clamps anywhere, great lighting, and cheap! :becky:

http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/6c/6c1db632-b269-4cc5-80bb-9c69636928d0_300.jpg (http://javascript<b></b>:openFeatureFlex('http://fp.vendaria.com/vpop/VpopViewer.html?uid=100354513&iid=AddpfzvImumvmKvJJIIKfwKILumLKv&bg=FFFFFF&nm=BZOpener&err=0&title=&pf=t&fr=t','','587','632',true,false,false,false,false, false);)

+1! We use two of these. I point 1 toward the roof of the EZ-Up, and one in a corner facing my work table.

Bourbon Barrel BBQ
04-09-2012, 03:07 PM
Rope lights around the canopy and a LED headlamp aka "dork light" on my head.

va92bronco
04-09-2012, 04:01 PM
I just finished wiring up some lights for my trailer and ez up. I use rope lights around the inside perimeter of the canopy. Then I have one of the clamp lights with a 200w light bulb inside the canopy pointed up to the roof. The canopy acts as a diffuser and spreads the light around the entire canopy. Have those two wired to a switch box with two switches. One for the clamp light that is a dimmer. The other is a normal switch. Used a waterproof box with extension cord ends at the wires. Just run a extension cord from power to the box; then from the box to the lights.

On the smoker I have a exterior home light box with two florescent flood lamp bulbs on the top of my flagpole( about 10 in the air). These point down at the smoker and fire box. The work great for the firebox as the flagpole is right next to it, but the smoker is still dark when the door is open as it blocks the light from coming in. Think I might add a flag pole mount to the front of the trailer where the smoker is for more at the smoker rather than the firebox.

The entire set up only pulls about 5 amps.

gooose53
04-09-2012, 04:11 PM
rope lights for inside general light and these clamped above our worktable and near the cookers. Never lacked for enough light.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_203213-1373-...7C1&facetInfo=

Code3BBQ
04-09-2012, 06:21 PM
I just finished wiring up some lights for my trailer and ez up. I use rope lights around the inside perimeter of the canopy. Then I have one of the clamp lights with a 200w light bulb inside the canopy pointed up to the roof. The canopy acts as a diffuser and spreads the light around the entire canopy. Have those two wired to a switch box with two switches. One for the clamp light that is a dimmer. The other is a normal switch. Used a waterproof box with extension cord ends at the wires. Just run a extension cord from power to the box; then from the box to the lights.

On the smoker I have a exterior home light box with two florescent flood lamp bulbs on the top of my flagpole( about 10 in the air). These point down at the smoker and fire box. The work great for the firebox as the flagpole is right next to it, but the smoker is still dark when the door is open as it blocks the light from coming in. Think I might add a flag pole mount to the front of the trailer where the smoker is for more at the smoker rather than the firebox.

The entire set up only pulls about 5 amps.

Thanks for the detailed response. That sounds like a great set up. Would you mind sharing a pic of your waterproof switch box?