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Old 09-22-2011
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My boat came with two, mounted port and starboard on bulkheads in the main salon. They work fine, but don't put out a lot of light. It's bright enough to see your way around the boat, but not bright enough to read by, even if you sit close to one.

As mentioned, they do put out a fair amount of heat. That's nice when it's cold out, less so when it's warm.

Mine looks great when it's just been polished, but it tarnishes pretty quickly.

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Hey Barry! You might find that most of the lamp can be kept bright longer by wiping it with vegetable oil after polishing. If any of it cooks off, the smoke won't hurt anyone. My Aladdin Lamp provides about as much light as a 60 watt bulb, but a lot of heat. Also great in cool weather. When it's hot I use the 12v lighting.
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Originally Posted by Cruiser2B View Post
I just bought the mini latern and gimble. We will use it on the boat for the first time this week. I tested the latern at home and I will warn you it gets hot. The light it gives off was not much but enough for the boat salon in the evening I am guessing. I did notice that the light seems to pulsate a bit. I am guessing this is because of lack of oxygen flow from the bottom of the unit. i will report back on how it works on our salon this coming week.
The mini was Christmas present for my boat last year. It's very nice looking but I was a bit disappointed by the light, and as you say it gets really really hot. It's bright enough that you can go below and find the light switch, but not much brighter. Although that's basically what I want sailing at night when I like some light below in-case I have to go down there but not too much that it's distracting.

I've found that mine goes out on it's own sometimes. I think it's because the flame was too large and it ran out of oxygen.

But yeah, the lantern is very simple. You pour the oil down the hole the wick comes out of and use the bent wire to "grab" the wick and slide it up and down.
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A "cold blast" lantern will provide a lot more light. Those little "dead flame" yacht lamps are really more for "atmosphere" than actual lighting (or maybe as a sort of "night-light"). Kerosene lanterns with mantles, either pressurized ones like Coleman or non-pressurized ones like Aladdin, produce the most light (too much for my taste, as ones night vision is toasted by them) but also produce a lot of heat and fumes. A small boat cabin can be filled with lamp oil/kerosene fumes pretty quickly by a mantled lantern.
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