OK first off many thanks again to all of you here. Great advice, great points made by all. While I have a lot of night time experience flying diverse types of flight ops at night I did not have any RV night experience or tailwheel night experience. To be able to draw from everyone's experience was gold.
I had my first night sortie last night. The takaways for me were as follows:
1) Taxiing was probably the hardest part for visibility, for me, with the tailwheel stance. So I had a good look at the airport charts ahead of time to be sure I would know where I am and where I'm going ahead of time if I were at an unfamiliar airport. Since I am based in a hangar on a slow side of a larger airport it still payed to do that even though I'm familiar and the Foreflight active taxi chart was good to have too.
2) Owing to good advice here, I wore my hands free light that I used once or twice in flight and several times before start and after touchdown. Really helpful to shine light where the cockpit lights were not installed (like checking the floor/rudder area when my checklist dropped). I just used this light I bought at Amazon, it's easy to "wear" but is not "G" proof https://www.amazon.com/Huglight-Ligh...96955519&psc=1
3) Cockpit management is more important at night in a single pilot airplane so I made sure I had everything close by that could be needed and checked before flight. The handy hands free light helped.
4) The standard halogen lights were good enough for landing. I started to pick up runway glow at about 150 feet and saw the markings easily at 50 to 75 feet so that was good. Brighter would have been fine but better than bright, I'll look for a slightly more diffused aim pattern to see the lighting well to the side of the nose (left and right) when I upgrade to more modern and capable LED night lighting. I used both the taxi and landing light for illumination. Good points on looking for the taxi line turnoffs to the side.
5) I used a wheel landing technique for this go. I can see I'd also be comfortable with a three point landing technique too with a little more practice.
6) I had a blast and feel a lot more comfortable with the concept of pushing into night ops if required on a trip in the RV-8 now. Much better to do this night ops thing after practice at home with no agenda except to try it out first.
Thanks again all, fly safe!