bug lights, do they work

Bug Lights – Do They Work?

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An outdoor barbecue is going to lure insects into your yard. Aside from eating your hamburger in a dark void, there’s not much you can do that will totally eradicate all insects from your lawn, but will using bug lights help?

The smoky aromas, good music and friendly laughter from your outdoor BBQ may have drawn the neighbors in, but chances are good that it also drew in a few unwanted guests. Mosquitos. Flies. Bees. They love the sweet lure of barbecue sauce, along with one of the necessary ingredients for an evening party — Light.

You may have seen yellow “bug lights” in your department store and wondered if they actually worked or if they were just another marketing gimmick.

The short answer is, while they aren’t going to make your lawn completely bug-free, they can effectively reduce the amount of frequent fliers.

But while most people agree that they do work, there are a lot of different ideas on the science behind why bug lights work.

Bug Zappers vs. Bug Lights

Bug Zapper Don’t confuse bug lights with bug zappers. Yellow bug lights won’t give you the same satisfying “POP!” that you get from a bug zapper (which is really just an electrified mesh wrapped around a light bulb as the “bait.”) In fact, the purpose of a bug light is not to kill the bug, but to keep it away altogether.

Why do bug lights work?

Insects are attracted to several things like smells, carbon dioxide …. and light. But here’s where it gets a little blurry. There seem to be several different theories as to why insects react to specific kinds of light. Some of the theories I turned up:

  • Bugs think white light is the moon and navigate towards it.
  • Bugs think yellow light is the sun and stay away.
  • Bugs can’t see yellow.
  • Bugs can’t see ultraviolet light.
  • And my personal favorite – The light blinds the bugs and they run into it.

Here’s what we do know: Certain color wavelengths, like red and yellow, are harder for some insects to see, so it’s reasonable to assume that the bugs just aren’t seeing the bug light. Most insects see ultraviolet and blue wavelengths clearer, which is why you see black lights used as lures in bug zappers.

Myth: Previously, it was thought that LED bulbs wouldn’t attract insects because they didn’t produce ultraviolet light. While it’s true that LEDs do seem to attract less bugs an incandescent bulb, you won’t be rid of them completely.

Conclusion

Whatever reason you subscribe to, yes, yellow bug lights do seem to help in the quest to cut down on flying insects. For the most successful bug-free zone however, you’re going to have to resort to several different methods. Next week, I’ll share some uncommon ways that I’ve learned to repel the grilling enthusiasts arch enemies: Mosquitos, Bees and Flies.

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This Solar Light May Have Turned Me into a Green Thumb

With the bounty of Spring upon us and Summer right around the corner, I decided to shine some light on a product that I’ve been itching to unbox: A hanging garden basket with ultra bright solar LEDs.

Just one problem…

I’m not much of a green thumb (truth be told, I’ve been known to kill a cactus) so I was a bit hesitant to – literally – put a spotlight on my inability to keep anything green alive.

What it Is
Solar LED hanging basket

  • A solar-powered LED light is suspended above a hanging garden basket.
  • Kit includes a solar panel, a coconut husk-lined basket, bracket and chains.
  • Automatic dusk-to-dawn solar light illuminates your plant.
  • Provides about 12 hours of warm white light when fully charged.
  • Currently priced at $49.00 (Note: The light is also available for purchase without the basket)

Where to Hang It

One of the features of solar lights is that they need to be positioned, well, in the sun. But the blazing hot Southern summers (and this non green-thumbed gal) can spell tragedy for plants. I’m much more likely to keep a shade loving plant alive. Thankfully, the remote solar panel can be installed up to 8 feet away from the planter which means I can hang my flowers in a shady area while positioning the panel in the sun for optimal charging.

Tips for Installing the Light

When you’re searching for the right place, make sure you have a nice sunny spot available within 8 feet of the basket to install the solar panel. For bright light throughout the evening, the panel should be exposed to direct sunlight for several hours a day. (more…)

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Weekend Warrior: Installing NETBRIGHT™ Wireless Motion Sensor Networked Spotlights

Today begins our newest series: Weekend Warrior. It’s part of our quest to bring our customers unique products and offer creative ideas for DIY projects around the house. This week we’re tackling one of our most innovative new products: The NETBRIGHT™ Wireless Motion Sensor Networked Spotlights. 


Weekend Warrior | Security Lighting Project

The Problem – lack of security lighting for rear of home.
The DIY solution I chose – Mr. Beams Netbright Wireless Spotlights.

I recently moved to a part of North Carolina where many of the homes in the area are vacation homes that are vacant throughout much of the year. Unfortunately, during the off-season months break-ins are common and I thought it would be wise to install security lighting around the perimeter of my home.

Currently, we have a fantastic motion sensor floodlight that gradually increases its light level installed at the front of my home. I have gotten into the habit of making excuses to walk near it just because I think it’s so cool.

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My front entrance with existing floodlight

The back entrance of my home … not so much… (more…)

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Three Reasons to Love Waterproof Tape Lights

3 Reasons to Love Waterproof Tape Lights

Typically electricity and water don’t play well together, but modern technology has given birth to lights that can not only get wet, but be fully submerged underwater.

Color-changing capability, energy efficiency and custom lighting effects ramp up the cool-factor even more. There’s no end to their creative applications, but I’ve found that some people are prime candidates for these innovative lights.

RGB Invisiled Color Changing Tape Lights
Innovative outdoor LED tape lights like the InvisiLED can be fully submerged in water up to 5 feet deep and offer customizable color effects with a compatible controller.

This is really important! Note that there can be vast distinctions between the different lights that are labeled “wet location lights.” A light fixture that can withstand rain may not be able to withstand full immersion. It all comes down to a vitally important specification called an Ingress Protection Rating (or IP Code). For the purposes of today’s post, we’ll be talking about lights that are IP-68 rated. (Read more about that here.)

3 reasons to love waterproof LED color-changing tape lights…

1. You are a Moonlight Dipper

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Late night swims after a hot summer day are incredibly relaxing. Late night swims with underwater color-changing LED tape lights? Magical. Installed in a pool or spa, the color and sequencing of the lights are fully customizable with an external remote. You may choose to dim them for a romantic evening plunge, or crank up the colors and speed for a midnight cannonball contest. (more…)

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3 Path Lighting Techniques that Break all the Rules

Path Lighting Techniques that Break all the RulesIf you are a perfectionist when it comes to your yard, then what I’m about to say might make you a bit uncomfortable. For an alluring pathway that adds character and charm while gently guiding the way, you might have to break a few rules of symmetry and design.

Less is More

Pathway lighting is most successful when it’s soft and subtle. Just because your lighting kit included 12 path lights, doesn’t mean you need to use them all on your front sidewalk. Unless you plan on performing surgery in your front yard or garden – which we really hope isn’t the case – you don’t need tons of glaringly bright lights. DIY Network recommends that you think of your path lights as “gentle hints for where to go next, not outlining tools or runway lights for an airplane landing.” Try this test: On a clear night, with your outdoor path lights on, can you see the stars? If not, they may be too bright. (more…)

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Product Spotlight: Solar LED White Washed Metal Lantern

Solar LED white washed metal lantern product spotlightThis year Pegasus Lighting added several new solar lights to our online store, and there are a handful that I’ve been ogling since the day they took residence on our site. In a strictly professional quest to gain a better understanding of our product offerings (wink, wink) I requested some products for thorough evaluation. The first item to take the spotlight: The Solar LED White Washed Metal Lantern:

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The Moonrays Solar LED White Washed Metal Lantern

The Nitty Gritty:

  • The light is a little over 12” tall (about the size of a large shoebox) and has a metal white washed finish with opaque plastic lenses.
  • 2 Amber LEDs, powered by a solar panel and 1 AA NiCd rechargeable battery (included) provide 360 degrees of light.
  • Dusk to Dawn Operation turns the light off automatically when the sun comes up to save battery life.
  • $19.90 (price as of this blog post)

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Simple Changes to Brighten Your Deck

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You don’t have to spend a fortune or hire an electrician to make a dramatic difference in your outdoor lighting. If your deck needs an upgrade without breaking the bank, consider these budget-friendly ways to shine some light on your outdoor living area. 

Rail Lighting

Available in both solar or battery-powered options, these virtually maintenance-free LED’s are an easy and affordable way to add an attractive style to your deck. Look for photocell technology, which automatically turns the light on at dusk and off at dawn, extending the life of the batteries and giving you even more bang for your buck.

LED deck lights
With batteries lasting up to a year, these LED deck lights are an affordable way to illuminate your outdoor space.

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10 Quick Tips for DIY Outdoor Lighting

DIY Outdoor Lighting
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It’s incredible the way lighting can change outdoor spaces. As is the case with indoor spaces, spending comparatively little on lighting can produce dramatic results. A DIY outdoor lighting project might be just the thing to make you fall in love with your home all over again. But before you begin an outdoor lighting project, it’s important to think about your options. Here are 10 tips for 10 approaches to outdoor lighting.

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Why I Love Fireworks (And You Should, Too)

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Do me a favor and imagine that you are in need of suggestions for a Fourth of July party. You head to Pinterest (where else?) and search “Fourth of July.” You are blinded by a barrage of red, white, and blue. On the screen are colored pretzels stacked into a replica of the American flag; painted mason jars (lots of mason jars); twine; tin cans; stars lovingly painted in water soluble paint on the grass. But here’s the thing. Fireworks are so much more important than any of these crafts or decorations.

Here’s why I think so.

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How Well Do Solar Deck Lights Work?

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Earlier this week, we received a question from a customer who wanted to know how bright our solar deck lights are. Are they bright enough to illuminate outdoor stairs, for example? Although we know the specifications of all the solar deck lights we sell, this question inspired me to complement my own abstract knowledge of solar deck lights with concrete, hands-on, experiential learning. This is an attempt to give our customer more than just a mere “Yes. They are bright enough.”

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