While doing night sessions it's important to have some sort of light source for both inside and outside your Bivvy. There's a selection of Bivvy lights available with different light settings, sizes and run times. This guide will cover the important things to look for when buying a Bivvy light and give some recommendations for the best Bivvy lights out there. As stated above it's also important to have some sort of light source outside of the Bivvy too. So we also have a Buyers Guide to Head Torches if you're interested in that.
BIVVY LIGHT SIZE
The first thing to consider when buying a Bivvy light would be the size. Typically Bivvy lights have an elongated design although there are more compact options available. Most Bivvy lights are available with a magnetic back plate which can be placed on the roof of the Bivvy lighting up the entire area without being in the way.
Another important factor when it comes to Bivvy lights is the level of water resistance. Bivvy lights can also be placed on the outside which might not be a good idea unless it's water resistant. If you plan on keeping the light inside, depending on the type of Bivvy you have and the Bivvies hydrostatic rating this section may not apply. Although some Bivvies can build up condensation which you don't want running inside of an electronic device.
RUN TIME AND BATTERRY TYPE
The run time of Bivvy lights is definitely an important factor to look for. Depending on how often you have the light switched on you may want a longer battery life. Also, if you are going for a longer session and use the light often then it could be worth taking spare batteries.
Bivvy batteries can be powered by either rechargeable lithium batteries or standard alkaline batteries. Standard alkaline batteries have the advantage of easily being able to swap out the batteries if they run out mid session. Both run time and battery times will come down to personal preference and if you rarely use the Bivvy light, then a more compact light with slightly lower run times might be for you.
Some Bivvy lights are available with multiple light settings including brightness and colour changes. The brightness setting comes in useful if you're woken by screaming bite alarms in the night when your eyes might struggle to adjust to the bright light. Also, the option to change colours to perhaps a red or green can help you see enough to get outside while your eyes are still adjusting.
The Elite IR Bivvy light from Ridgemonkey is one of the most popular choices for many anglers and has everything you need in a Bivvy light. Its biggest advantage being the run time reaching an impressive 180 hours and chargeable via USB. The light has a small and compact design while being fully waterproof. Apart from being more expensive than most other Bivvy lights, this definitely ticks all the boxes.
If you're after a more compact design then this Halo light from Fox is a great option. The light has four brightness settings and can be changed to either white or red. With its biggest advantage being its price tag it's generally a good light for its price. However the biggest disadvantage is its run time reaches only 7hrs.
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