20061004_6551...Reading lamp that is easy on the eyes

I have used candles, headlamps, and at least one portable camping light to provide lighting for reading and writing at night in camp. A drawback of all those tools is the glare of the lamp. By contrast, this simple system is easy on the eyes. It is a gallon milk jug filled with water with a headlamp pointing into the water. One gallon is 3.78 liters.


This picture was taken inside my Subaru station wagon while I was lying in bed, working on my trip journal. The system works well on a picnic table too.


One of my photo sets contains a detailed history of my systems for sleeping in a car.

  • brewbooks 7y

    What a great idea!
  • Gavan Tafeaga 7y

    haha great idea with lighting and photo, think how cool things could look with 5- 10 of those water jugs around to light up a subject
  • Pictoscribe 7y

    Thanks for the tip.
  • Michelle Ress 7y

    neat idea, thanks for sharing
  • Paul Furman 6y

    Yep, I discovered that one too. The trick is to set it outside though for cooking dinner, that keeps the moths outside. I put the ice chest outside, open the door & set up the water bottle lamp on top.
  • subynut 5y

    That is neat!
  • Desert.Sage {:::Heating UP!!:::} 5y

    GREAT idea!!!
  • Bill Church 5y

    haha awesome idea, I can already think of a few ways to implement this.
  • admx 3y

    awesome! Thanks for sharing :)
  • OregonNative2010 3y

    ... when I read, " with a headlamp pointing into the water." In my minds eye, I pictured the headlamp of a car ... and I'm wondering 1) how are they adjusting the headlamps and 2) what if you only have 1 empty jug?! LOL - then I got it when I saw the photo :) Great idea!
  • listorama 3y

    Thanks, everybody.
  • kcsierradad 3y

    Somebody is taking credit for your idea on lifeprotips.
    Not cool...

  • listorama 3y

    kcsierradad Thanks for the info.
  • Doug (Go Badgers!) 3y

    Works with a regular sized 16 oz water bottle as well. This tip though could save a few lanterns! Thanks!
  • listorama 3y

    CinnyE No overheating at all.
  • cmrowell 3y

    Very cool. Will have to try it sometime. Weird that I found a link to this through one of my facebook friends. I had never gone back into your stream far enough to see it. Looks like it went dare I say "viral".
  • Janet Branson 3y

    Thanks for pinning! I will definitely try that camping next week.
  • @aerial_m 3y

    How handy! Cool tip.
  • hank_manz 2y

    There is also the Firefly cap for a standard widemouth Nalgene water bottle. It comes in two models--one which uses throwaway batteries, the other has a solar recharging system. They cost $20-$25.
  • Jim 6mo

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