How To Make a Bucket Light For Camping?

When you’re out camping, a traditional lantern or flashlight can be bulky and inconvenient. So why not make your bucket light? These easy-to-make lights are portable, energy efficient, and a great way to illuminate your campsite. Keep reading to learn how to make a bucket light for camping in four simple steps!

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

The first thing you’ll need to do is gather the supplies necessary to make your bucket light. You will need a 5-gallon bucket with a handle, an LED light strip kit, an extension cord, and batteries. Depending on the type of LED strips you buy, they may come with a power adapter and remote control that needs to be connected. Once you have all the items, it’s time to begin assembly.

Step 2: Assemble the LED Light Strips Or Outdoor Smart Lights

The next step involves assembling the LED light strips. Start by unrolling the LED strips and cutting them into three equal lengths (or however many pieces you want). Then carefully remove the adhesive backing from each strip and stick them along the inside rim of the bucket in an even pattern around its circumference. It is essential that each strip is securely attached, or else it won’t work correctly when lit up.

Step 3: Connect Power Sources

Now it’s time to connect your power sources for your new bucket light! First, plug one end of your extension cord into a power outlet or generator, if available at your campsite—this will provide power for both the lights and battery pack. Then connect one side of the battery pack to either end of the LED strips according to instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Finally, connect both ends of the extension cord into either end of this setup so that electricity flows through all components without interruption or surges caused by external factors like weather or wildlife movement nearby. If using an adapter provided with your LED strip kit, connect this according to manufacturer instructions.     

Step 4: Test & Enjoy!

That’s it—your DIY Bucket Light is ready for use! To test it out, flip on any switches on either side of this setup (there should be at least one switch) and watch as your new lamp illuminates any area nearby with soft lighting perfect for camping activities like card games or reading stories around a campfire late at night! With that last step complete, all that’s left to do is enjoy!  

What lights do people use for camping buckets?

Camping is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy some time in nature. One essential item for any camping trip is a bucket. Buckets can be used for various purposes, from carrying water to storing food.

But what kind of light should you use in your bucket? LED lights are a popular choice for campers, as they are energy-efficient and long-lasting. However, you can also find solar-powered lights ideal for camping, as they don’t require batteries.

However, one of the most important things to consider when choosing a light for your bucket is whether it will attract bugs. Citronella candles are a good option for repelling insects, but they can be dangerous if left unattended. If you’re looking for a safe, effective way to keep bugs at bay, consider using an LED light with a citronella scent.


Making a DIY Bucket Light for camping is an easy and fun activity that anyone can do – no matter their level of expertise in crafting projects like this! All it takes is four simple steps – gathering supplies, assembling the LED light strips, connecting power sources, testing & enjoying – and soon enough, you’ll have your bright illumination source for camping trips! So don’t wait any longer – get started making your Bucket Light today!