Outdoor Bugs and the Porch Light
It’s an annoying problem almost everyone recognizes. Leaving a porch light on attracts insects right where you don’t need them – at the entry to your home.
However, according to the latest research, specific types of bulbs will attract considerably fewer insects than others. Many persons, including entomologists tested various light bulbs vs. insects this summer. The results are included in the following. When you need electrical services, contact Mister Sparky electrical repair company in Huntsville, AL. Our licensed electricians provide professional services you can rely on.
Many entomologists believe flying insects use the orientation of the moon and sun for guidance in their flight. Being guided by light, it seems to be reasonable for insects to be attracted to your porch light and other outdoor lighting. It’s possible that a porch light’s limited range confuses them, resulting in the circling path around the light. As the light stays on, the number of insects grow, creating the annoying situation of bugs outside the door, and the need to keep them from entering when the door is opened.
Some insects are attracted to your porch light only during certain hours of the night, while others are attracted there because they can find food among other insects flying around the light. Moths and hard backed beetles aren’t the only insect attracted to the porch light. Mosquitoes, wood cockroaches, crickets, mayflies, lacewings and others will collect around lights. This is especially annoying when the porch light is installed low on the wall. Mister Sparky electrical repair company in Huntsville, AL can relocate your porch light for you.
The Light Bulbs to Choose
Consider the following factors when selecting an outdoor bulb that reduces insects at your front door:
Heat producing light creates a small amount of ultraviolet radiation. Incandescent bulbs waste as much as 90 percent of the consumed energy in producing heat. In addition, it tops the list of light which attracts insects. However, heat production isn’t the only factor in attracting insects. The light spectrum defines warm colors and cool colors. The results of this summer’s research indicate light bulbs producing light in the “cool” spectrum will especially attract insects.
This is probably due to ultraviolet light also being produced in the cool, blue light waves. Lights in the blue and white range are thought to be the top contender for attracting insects, and the production of heat isn’t always involved. The light spectrum appears to be just as important.
This means you need to choose a light bulb that produces colors in the “warm” light spectrum. The types of light bulbs to steer away from include incandescent, CFL’s, halogen globes, LED “cool colored” lights in the blue or white spectrum, and fluorescent lighting.
The Best Options
LED bulbs are significantly more efficient than incandescent bulbs. When you select LED bulbs producing light in the warm color range of yellow, orange and red, you can reduce your bug issue, and save energy. The results of the research by an entomologist this summer compared a warm spectrum LED bulb against a yellow light claiming to make your porch bug free. The LED won hands down. In fact, yellow bulbs claiming to repel insects attracted a high number of earwigs and stink bugs, while the other bulbs didn’t.
Selecting a light fixture with a shade may help to reduce bugs by directing light downward, and limiting the visibility of lighting at a distance. If you require light fixture installation contact Mister Sparky electrical repair company in Huntsville, AL.
Many homeowners use big zappers to reduce the number of flying insects. While effective, they also kill some beneficial insects. If you’re considering the installation of a commercial bug zapper, contact Mister Sparky electrical repair company in Huntsville, AL. Our electricians can provide the electrical installation you need.
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