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    Lights and flooring for mess tents

    Does anyone have any led lighting for mess tents they could recommend? Was thinking about LED lighting strips and tying to the roof.

    Also I'm looking for flooring for a mess tent any recommendations would be great.

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    We have some LED strip lights and a generator although I couldn't tell you much about them, but I think they were from Go Outdoors.

    I don't know why you need flooring as generally this is supplied by the camp site (the grass!) although i'm sure you could get ground sheets.
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    LED kit from interweb runs off a car battery
    If it was easy, it wouldn't be so much fun...
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    Lighting - we use Bulfinch gas 1616 lanterns.
    Thought about LED/electric, but a gas bottle is much easier to manager than a battery set up.
    As for flooring, its whatever the mess tent is placed on

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    The only time I'd ever bother with flooring is if it's really muddy - and then just a groundsheet!
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    As it happens we mix bullfinch and battery LED across the big tents. On balance, the LEDs are more convenient (just unroll the necklace, velcro in place, Croc clips onto a car battery. 10 mins to rig a gala tent). Bullfinch mantles always need replacing, cracked glasses from people lighting torn mantles are irritating. We're tending towards LED necklaces, for simplicity.
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    Agree with those who say no flooring, nowt wrong with the grass.

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    We used to take an old carpet for the cook tent. Kept the ground together in a high footfall area.

    We haven't camped (properly) for a while. We have bullfinch and belvedere type gas lighting, but I think I probably favour LED stuff going forward... We're only slowly getting back into camping though so that's for the future.

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    I would agree with grass as the floor. There are some quite good battery LED lanterns out there.

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    We have been lucky to get some ground sheets from large caravans (I think) which are perforated - this allows the grass to breath and water to run away. It avoids the ground to get too muddy but there was one winter camp when the mud came up through the holes. At least we were only waddling in about an inch instead of the three inches underneath. The ground sheet needed a good jet wash!
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    Quote Originally Posted by davedoc View Post
    Does anyone have any led lighting for mess tents they could recommend? Was thinking about LED lighting strips and tying to the roof.

    Also I'm looking for flooring for a mess tent any recommendations would be great.

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    Search back in the forum. There was an extensive thread on LED lighting a couple of years ago.

    As for flooring: part from once having to use pallets due to flooding, Iíve never bothered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garethhowell View Post
    Search back in the forum. There was an extensive thread on LED lighting a couple of years ago.
    Agree with that however to save some time.

    System i have is :-

    5m length of white led strip
    5m length of clear 15mm plastic pipe
    5.2mm barrel dc power connectors (male and female)
    inline switch
    Croc clips
    two core 5amp 12v cable
    tape

    insert led strip into the clear pipe using a draw string, you may need lubrication (drop of polish or oil) to help.
    Connect strip to dc power connector. and seal up pipe with tape preferably self amalgamating type

    Make up other half of dc connector with inline switch and croc clips as a flying lead from ground to roof height of tent.

    Power either from a 12v SLA, or car battery, or as we often do a pair of 6v lantern batteries connected in series (my flylead has a different colour loop cable to do this)
    Will last all week on a pair of lantern batteries using it an hour or so each night

    The reason for the clear tube is protection for the strip, makes it easier to handle and spreads the light a little bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garethhowell View Post
    As for flooring: part from once having to use pallets due to flooding, Iíve never bothered.
    Yeah, might had done this too, or planks over mud. Also used straw on/in mud too. Happy days!
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