Do LED Lights Attract Bugs?

As summer rolls around, most of us can’t wait to make fun memories outside with our loved ones. You need light bulbs outdoors in your porch, garden, and backyard for a wide range of activities. From parties to barbecues to simple gatherings, every activity needs light, of course. But have you ever looked at the lightbulbs while you’re outdoors at night? You can often see hundreds of insects stuck to them and flying around them. So, why are bugs attracted to light?

In this blog, we will answer this precise question and also talk about how LED lights offer a solution.

Bugs Are Attracted To Different Color Spectrums

Recently, there has been considerable debate on the question of whether LED lights are successful in repelling bugs or not. The fact is that no light in the world repels bugs. It is important to note that bugs are not attracted to specific light bulbs, but instead, they are attracted towards color spectrums. It means that light bulb manufacturers cannot say that they’ve produced a bulb that won’t attract bugs. Insects will always be attracted to specific colors. The effects of blue, green, yellow, red, black, red, and white lights on bug presence have been tested.

Bugs Are Attracted To Light They Can See

You might not know this, but human beings can see only a very specific range of electromagnetic radiation. This is the range that falls under “visible light”, which has a wavelength of 400 to 700nm. It is also true for bugs. They can only see a very specific range of light and are attracted to it. In the absence of artificial light sources, bugs use the light from the sun and moon to navigate. But, when they find bulbs in your backyard, they come and join the party.

Wavelengths And Color Temperature

Some lights attract bugs more because of the wavelengths of light they emit and their heat. Talking about wavelengths, insects are usually attracted to shorter wavelengths around 400 to 600 nm. They are also attracted to the lighting temperature or heat that light bulbs emit in the form of ultraviolet radiation. So, is there a solution that totally solves the bug problem? Well, bugs can’t be completely finished off when you’re outdoors. However, it is quite possible to reduce them substantially. Here is where LED lights come into play.

How can LED Lights Help?

LED bulbs are less attractive to bugs because they produce low heat and long wavelengths of light. Moreover, they produce little or no ultraviolet radiation. It makes them perfect for outdoor lights for events and around the home. According to the results of a study, the worst option for outdoor lighting is the traditional bulbs that we use in our homes. The best option found was warm-colored LED bulbs. Warm color means a yellow or orange touch that has a longer wavelength than the other colors.

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So now you know what kind of lights to install in your porch, garden, and backyard. We offer high-quality LED lights in a wide variety of colors and styles to choose from! We also offer same-day shipping if you order before noon PST. Visit our website and order your LED lights today. Now you’ll have some peace in those outdoor nighttime gatherings!

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