Reason #1: 360° of Illumination
Flashlights, by their nature, provide directional lighting which is great for a lot of different things like searching and inspecting. The drawback is that your hands are tied up and you are only illuminating a narrow area of your environment. Headlamps do manage to free up your hands, but you’re still stuck with a limited field of illumination.
Lanterns, of course, give you a full 360° range of illumination so your tent, campsite or work area is evenly lit. This reduces your eye strain and avoids sharp glare that a flashlight beam might otherwise create.
Nowadays, there are even lanterns available that have multi-directional lighting choices. Lanterns like the Fenix CL26R gives you the choice of traditional lantern lighting, down directional and front directional lighting. You still get the benefit of soft, even lighting without lighting up areas you don’t need.
5 Reasons Why LED Camping Lanterns are a Bright Idea is written by Chinhua Wang for blog.longhorntactical.com