Experts Create LED Lights That Attract Fewer Bugs
Everybody hates summer insect-pests. Everything from mosquitoes to moths are enough to ruin your lovely afternoon picnic. It seems like insects often pester us even during the nighttime hours when it is colder and the sun is not out. When bugs pester us at night, whether it is sucking blood or just flying in front of your face, it is mostly the nearby artificial lighting that is attracting bugs to your nighttime barbecue. The good news is that researchers from multiple institutions are collaborating on a plan to develop LED lights that attract fewer, if any, insects.
It is hard to believe that we live in a world where humans can reach the moon, but are nevertheless unable to develop a light that does not attract bugs. Travis Longcore of the University of California has been working with experts in other fields with the hopes that he may be the first to develop an LED light that does not attract nearly as many insects as current LED lights often do.
Travis began experimenting with different colors of light, and mixing them in order to see how different combinations of colored lights effect insects. For example, Travis mixed red, blue, white and green LED lights and then hanged the lights from a ridge located within the Santa Monica Mountains. These were perfect conditions for testing out his new invention, which worked. Travis discovered, after much tinkering, that he could mix the lights in such a way that twenty percent fewer insects approached the lights. The results of this study were well received by the academic community, and his accomplishment was published in the Philosophicla Transactions of the Royal Society B. hopefully one day we can all enjoy the outdoor air without suffering from mosquito bites. There is not yet any word on if or when such lights will be commercially available.
If a commercial claimed to be selling lights that attract fewer insects, would you test the effectiveness of the product?