Using Modern Lighting to Illuminate the Past

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Using Modern Lighting to Illuminate the Past

Light is really a wonderful thing. Though light from the sun is a bit different from the light produced by a LED bar or a similar electronic source, the fact is they are both able to brighten an area and make things more visible. As I journey around checking out various sites across North America to try and find stories of the people who were here before us, I find myself packing light sources all the time. Many of my searches take me into the depths of caves, or into the sides of cliffs, or into other locations which haven’t seen light in centuries.

Actually, it’s gotten to the point where I don’t even carry around those big, bulky flashlights anymore. One of the main ways LED lighting is superior to standard bulbs is in the weight of the device. When comparing a system of LED lights to traditional lights where both systems produce the same amount of light, or lumens, it is a guarantee that the LED system will simply weigh less. It requires less wiring and is designed in such a way as to make it more portable and easier to carry. That’s not to say the LED lights I use are always necessarily better than other types of lights.

led light barFor starters, I’ve noticed that LED bars and other lighting fixtures tend to be unable to produce a great deal of light. They can be bright, but certainly spotlights and other light sources with a good deal of energy flowing into them are still capable of producing more light. On light bars like the ones I use, it can also be a real pain when individual LED cells die, leaving me with a bar which has uneven lighting. These are impossible to replace as far as I know, though I imagine there is a way. I also imagine it would probably just be cheaper to replace the entire bar, as I’ve done several times in the past.

The bottom line is, when I’m going for my treks, climbs and hikes to check out various areas with a strong Native presence here in North America, I need to be able to move quickly and easily. I can’t afford to be tied down by heavy equipment, or burdened with items that are unwieldy or difficult to maneuver in an enclosed environment. In a great number of different ways, LED lighting is better than other types of lighting for the things I want to do. I’ve already outlined how it isn’t perfect here, but remember nothing is perfect, right?

In my experience, it’s the best kind of lighting there is. But everyone has different needs, you know? I need to be able to spot things like bits of pottery, arrowheads, tools and other remains left behind when I’m rooting through dark places. This means I usually need at least a free hand to dig through dirt or other roughage while my other hand holds onto the light. Comfortable clothing is also important here, but I think I already mentioned that.

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