Insects are naturally attracted to artificial light sources at night. The creatures are drawn to heat released by the units, as well as their capabilities that mimic the illuminative qualities of the sun and the moon.For homes and businesses, reducing the build up of insects starts with choosing the right type of insect deterring lighting. Read on to learn more about how LEDs and traditional luminaries differ in attracting bugs at night.
Comparing Artificial Light Sources
According to a new study by the Natural Environment Research Council (titled: Experimentally comparing the attractiveness of domestic lights to insects: Do LEDs attract fewer insects than conventional light types?), insects are less attracted to LEDs by up to four times, compared to filament-based lights. Moreover, LEDs are also more reliable in this manner than fluorescent lamps.
When it comes to specific species of insects, only 2-3 percent of creatures in the genus Culicoides were attracted to LED lamps. However, over 80 percent of the insects were drawn to the filament-based units. Compact fluorescent fixtures accounted for 15 percent of the activity during the experiment.
Reducing Heat Signatures
While some insects are attracted to the actual light produced by the fixture, others are interested in heat. This is why 12v LED lights are very effective for comfortable, outdoor illumination. The units generate up to 50 percent less heat during operation, than filament-based lighting.
Where you install the lights may also affect the way insects gather around the location at night. It is recommended to setup LED bug lights around areas with high activity. Standard or filament-based lighting systems can be installed around low activity locations, which may help push bugs out of the space.
For best results, it is advisable to first determine the type of insects populating in the location. This information can be used to select the characteristics of the LED fixture (color temperature, wavelength, lumens and etc).