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Unread 04-08-2012, 12:59 AM   #1
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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.
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Unread 04-08-2012, 06:36 AM   #2
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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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Unread 04-08-2012, 06:59 AM   #3
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http://www.amazon.com/Bayco-1000WATT...3886280&sr=1-2

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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.
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rope lights around the canopy, works for us.
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We have 4 strings of christmas lights around the pop up and then these clamped above our worktable. Never lacked for enough light.

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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.
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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!
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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?).
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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.
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I use one of these and it works great. It is even on sale here!
http://www.toolbarn.com/wobblelight-wl85f.html?ref=base
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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
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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.
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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-25ec...&storeId=10051
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We use two of these from Home Depot...clamps anywhere, great lighting, and cheap!

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