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Old October 31st 04, 06:51 PM
Patty Amas
 
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Default Bug Light Bulb---any bulb for outside use that are not yellow?

Is there any such thing as a light bulb for outdoor lamp fixtures
(above garage and front door) that will not attract as many bugs
without using the yellow bulbs? I think yellow around the house would
look horrible.


Thanks so much,
Patty.

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Old November 1st 04, 12:54 AM
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Patty Amas wrote:
Is there any such thing as a light bulb for outdoor lamp fixtures
(above garage and front door) that will not attract as many bugs
without using the yellow bulbs? I think yellow around the house would
look horrible.


Thanks so much,
Patty.


You can reduce insect annoyance by using incandescent "bug lights", gold
fluorescent, or high-pressure sodium lights.


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Old November 1st 04, 03:48 PM
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Interesting. Reglar incadescent would have low wattage would it not?
And would any incadescent work or must it be labeled a "bug light".
Sodium light--I have some long lasting interesting looking bulbs in
there now but do not think they are sodium. Is this a special order or
a Home Depot kind of item?

What are gold flourescent? Gold colored light?

Thanks so much in advance.
Patty

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Patty Amas wrote:
Is there any such thing as a light bulb for outdoor lamp fixtures
(above garage and front door) that will not attract as many bugs
without using the yellow bulbs? I think yellow around the house would
look horrible.


Thanks so much,
Patty.


You can reduce insect annoyance by using incandescent "bug lights", gold
fluorescent, or high-pressure sodium lights.

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Old November 2nd 04, 12:08 AM
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I read many years ago that yellow is the second best colour for not
attracting bugs. Ultra-violet is the best to attract, followed by ordinary
white. To NOT attract most bulb manufacturers make yellow or "gold" coloured
bulbs, but the best colour apparently is RED. Unfortunately the
manufacturer's marketing department nixed the idea as they felt the colour
would not sell very well - most people would object to having a red light
outside their front door.

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Is there any such thing as a light bulb for outdoor lamp fixtures
(above garage and front door) that will not attract as many bugs
without using the yellow bulbs? I think yellow around the house would
look horrible.


Thanks so much,
Patty.



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Old November 3rd 04, 12:04 AM
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"Patty Amas" wrote in message
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Is there any such thing as a light bulb for outdoor lamp fixtures
(above garage and front door) that will not attract as many bugs
without using the yellow bulbs? I think yellow around the house would
look horrible.


Thanks so much,
Patty.


Night-flying insects are generally more sensitive to blue and UV
wavelengths, less sensitive to yellow and red, moderately sensitivity to
green. So, any light source that filters out UV, blue and, to some extent,
green should be less attractive to such bugs.

Yellow "bug lights" emit only yellow (and a bit of red) and so they have
been the traditional solution from the bulb manufacturers. But you can get
a similar result with better appearance very easily. Just connect a dimmer
to your outside light. As you dim the bulb, the UV, blue and green colors
disappear first leaving yellow-orange-red as a pleasing glow. Dim the bulb
30-50% to still have some light while eliminating the colors that the bugs
see. This technique works with any incandescent or halogen incandescent
bulb.

TKM




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Old November 3rd 04, 10:23 PM
Patty Amas
 
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Thank you. Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Patty

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"Patty Amas" wrote in message
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Is there any such thing as a light bulb for outdoor lamp fixtures
(above garage and front door) that will not attract as many bugs
without using the yellow bulbs? I think yellow around the house would
look horrible.


Thanks so much,
Patty.


Night-flying insects are generally more sensitive to blue and UV
wavelengths, less sensitive to yellow and red, moderately sensitivity to
green. So, any light source that filters out UV, blue and, to some extent,
green should be less attractive to such bugs.

Yellow "bug lights" emit only yellow (and a bit of red) and so they have
been the traditional solution from the bulb manufacturers. But you can get
a similar result with better appearance very easily. Just connect a dimmer
to your outside light. As you dim the bulb, the UV, blue and green colors
disappear first leaving yellow-orange-red as a pleasing glow. Dim the bulb
30-50% to still have some light while eliminating the colors that the bugs
see. This technique works with any incandescent or halogen incandescent
bulb.

TKM



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