No one likes to see bugs collecting in their porch lights, but that tends to be what happens over time – especially when those lights have open, upturned shades. And now that the weather is improving, we're going to start seeing more of these little visitors sailing in to bask in the porch-light glory.
Bugs are a big reason why people so often choose <a title="Outdoor Lighting " href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor-lighting_18.html" target="_blank">outdoor lighting</a> with closed shades or designs that feature a lantern look. In other words, bugs have a way of dictating the state of style affairs on your porch.
Of course, there’s nothing new about Mother Nature making claims on our freedom of style, but what if we could take a little back? What if there was a way to open up our options, so to speak?
Bugs like different kinds of light on the spectrum and you can use their wavelength waffling to your advantage. Specifically, many native insects are attracted to shorter wavelengths of the visible spectrum, which means that some lights are better than others when it comes to attracting fewer bugs.
A 2009 study by Thomas Cowan and Gerhard Gries revealed that light at the higher end of the visible spectrum (> 550 nm) may actually be invisible to insects, suggesting they wouldn’t be attracted to it. This would include <a title="LED Light Bulbs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/led-light-bulbs_1527.html" target="_blank">LED bulbs</a> that give off yellower light rather than blue or white light. Be careful, though: Take note of the spectrum labeling, and don't be swayed by advertising. It has been generally claimed that LEDs "don't attract bugs," and that is not always true - it depends on the type of LED.
Bugs that are attracted to light are said to have <em>positive phototaxis</em>, and it’s kind of an all-or-nothing situation for them – the stronger the light, the more they like it. This is evidenced by the fact that they will literally fly to their deaths to get closer to it.
So, to attract fewer bugs you can switch to a light with lower wattage. Use this lower wattage in a light that also falls within the yellow spectrum and you’ll be well on your way to shrinking the swarm.
Now, this is getting a little away from the point, because our goal was to achieve more freedom in outdoor lighting styles, but it’s nevertheless another way to combat bugs that still leaves you with room to explore other lighting designs.
A light shade can further reduce the intensity of the light, thereby attracting fewer bugs. It’s not a perfect solution, but combined with these other tricks it’s sure to help.
We hope these tips can help you increase you outdoor lighting style options while keeping bugs at bay.