Reading in bed is a popular pasttime,
but not everyone in the same tent wants to while camping. Propane
and white-gas lanterns pose serious fire danger in a tent, and
the flourescent lanterns in common use light up the entire tent.
This can interfere with those who wish to sleep. The solution
was to develop a local light, with a stable base so as to be
steady on an uneven surface, variable light levels, and a long
The LED Camp Lantern seen below
was designed to meet all of those requirements. Developed in
1995, when white LEDs were in their infancy, (and very expensive)
this lantern has three sets of white LEDs. By using the two rocker
switches mounted on the base, one can turn on the center LEDs,
the outer side LEDs or all 3 of them, depending on the illumination
Although made technically obsolete by
modern fixtures, it is an example of the flexibility and resourcefullness
of Singular Engineering's product design, and is still in service.
The "head" of the lamp is shown
below (left and right) with and without the diffuser in place.
The lantern is powered by two lantern
batteries (below left), which together provide 12 volts DC, and
a life span of several years of normal use. The wiring is shown
(below right) of the dual rocker switches and the base mounting
of the twin gooseneck stalks which support the top of the lantern.
The two photos below were taken without
flash in a dark room to show the actual light output of the LED
Lantern. It has sufficient light for easy reading.