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Old 03-30-2015, 03:18 PM
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Default Making a candlebug, a useful flashlight subsitute

A reader of my book wrote to me on how to make a candlebug as she could not find any mention of it in a google search.
I made a quick video for her building one. figured I would pass it on here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtxO1LKy35U
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Old 03-30-2015, 03:45 PM
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During an underground cave tour in Glennwood Springs, CO, I was told that these lanterns were extensively used in the early days of cave exploration when lighting technologies were still basic and fuel was expensive/dangerous.

At one point during the tour, the guide turned off the modern electric lights and lit a candlebug. Once your eyes have adjusted to a low light environment, these things provide plenty of light!
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During an underground cave tour in Glennwood Springs, CO, I was told that these lanterns were extensively used in the early days of cave exploration when lighting technologies were still basic and fuel was expensive/dangerous.

At one point during the tour, the guide turned off the modern electric lights and lit a candlebug. Once your eyes have adjusted to a low light environment, these things provide plenty of light!
I hadn't used one for years but I grew up using them to hike my trail at night or do any other night work. 1 candlepower of directed light is not bad.
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Neat, useful project....
Thanks for sharing...
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easy to make, also called a candle lantern.

a few times i had to walk home overnight from a few towns over (30+ mile walk), multi tool, 20 OZ beer can, scrap of wire, candle, lighter, and a stick makes a quick lamp. i carry a candle and lighter when i go out that far, easier than thinking about batteries. i have a dozen lamps in my shed now
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