My Coleman Lantern Bulb Won't Turn On

The brand name "Coleman" has long been associated with the outdoors. From camping to hiking and other outdoor adventures, the Coleman company produces a wide range of equipment including stoves, backpacks, sleeping bags, flashlights and lanterns. Although the company is well known for its line of gas-powered lanterns, battery lanterns are also featured in the company's lineup of outdoor products. Troubleshooting a battery-powered lantern can identify and help to resolve issues that keep the lantern from turning on.

Step 1

Brush dirt, dust and debris from around the switch that operates the light in the lantern. Wipe the entire exterior surface of the Coleman lamp with a damp rag. Remove dirt and other debris that could be interfering with the normal operation of the lamp.

Step 2

Remove the bottom of the lantern to access the battery compartment. Turn or pull to remove the bottom of the lantern, depending on the lantern model, and remove the old batteries. Clean battery terminals with the eraser of a pencil to remove oxidation or light accumulations of corrosion.

Step 3

Install new batteries following the installation diagram on the battery compartment. Insert the batteries properly with the positive (+)and negative (-) ends aligned as instructed. Assemble the bottom of the lantern.

Step 4

Remove the top of the lantern by turning to the left or right and pulling straight off the lantern. Loosen a retaining nut, if necessary on some models, before removing the top.

Step 5

Pull old bulbs that have burned out from the lantern and install new bulbs. Slide the new fluorescent bulbs completely down into the lantern for proper contact and install the top back on the lantern.

Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.