Camping String Lights for Camping Buying Guide

If you’re looking for a light string for your camping, ensure that you are aware of all technical aspects to make an informed decision.


Lumens and brightness

Like any lighting product designed to be used outdoors, lighting brightness can be crucial. If the lighting is too bright, it can cause distraction. If they’re dim, their function is a bit defeated.

Here’s what you need to be aware of about lumens, the measurement unit for brightness, and how it is applied to your string lights :

High-brightness. Anything that is over 600 lumens, like the All-Top Camping LED Light Strip (1,300 lumens) is considered to be quite bright.

Medium. 200-500 lumens are fairly typical for string lights, and this includes those like the Barebones Edison String Light, which is a good example of this.

Low. 30-100 lumens is generally considered below. Although the majority of strings are brighter than that, some, such as those from Eno Twilights LED String Lights can dim to a low level.

Be aware that the majority of camping string lights list lumens in terms of total brightness across all bulbs. Therefore, for example, the Revel Gear 30 lights max out at 350 lumens for 100 lights that is 3.5 lumens for each LED.

String length

The length of the lighting string is an additional thing to think about. There isn’t any perfect length. It’s more likely to be dependent on how big your campsite is, as well as the number of campers within your group.

Additionally, the longer the light string has, the more bulbs of light it contains. The shorter the string, the fewer light bulbs it contains.

There are a few other exceptions. There are some exceptions. Barebones Edison String Light is 10 feet long, however, it only comes with three more light bulbs. Its Coleman LED Lantern String Lights set is 6 feet long, however, it includes 10 lights that are smaller on the string.

If you’re in need of something more, consider string lights that are on a single strip, such as Tuff’s Stuff Overland Led Light Strip. It’s 38 feet in length and can be used to make an awning as well as multiple tents.

Source of power

There are three major power sources you should know about for your string light set:

USB. A lot of string lights currently available come with the USB connector, and they don’t have an actual source of power such as for example the Revel Gear 30 camping light. You’ll require a portable battery pack to power the lights.

Batteries. AA, as well as AAA, are the two most commonly used. The Twilights LED String from Eno lights lasts for 20 hours when using three AAA batteries. So plan in advance.

12 volt. Also called”the plug for cars,” there are some lights available including one called the All-Top LED Camping Light Strip that’s powered by a 12-volt power source or directly to the battery of your car.

The solar panels such as that seen in the Mpowerd Luci Solar String Light are also a reliable source of power that will make sure your light bulbs are on.


It’s likely that you’ll be hanging these string lights outdoors So you’ll need to ensure that some dust, rain or wind won’t damage the string lights.

Thankfully the lighting fixtures are at minimum IP4 that means that a drizzle won’t affect their performance.

If a product is labeled IP68 this means that it’s (essentially) secured against any kind of water and has a rating higher than IP4. Certain sets, like The All-Top, LED Camping Light Strip are certified IP68 however, they also come with an IP65-compatible jacket for additional security.

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