Mosquitoes and Flies Less Attracted To LED Bulbs

November 16, 2016

Been resisting the purchase of new LED lightbulbs because they're so expensive?  This might change your tune.  New research claims that LED lightbulbs not only save energy but they attract fewer bugs. The study compared bugs attracted to light emitting from traditional incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and LED bulbs and found that traditional incandescent lamps attract for times as many insects as LEDs. Approximately 80% of all biting mosquitoes and flies visiting the test sites congregated around traditional incandescent lamps compared to just 3% around LEDs. No one knows for sure but the theory is the heat generated by light attracts bugs and LED generate very little heat. Researchers say more work needs to be done to analyze the effects of different lights on heat-seeking flies and mosquitoes, species which transmit disease.

SOURCE: UPI

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