Compact Fluorescent Yellow Bug Lights

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Surprisingly, one of the most landed upon posts on this site is last year’s “My Yellow Bug Light Actually Works!“. I have received several email requests for specific information about the light, as well as a few comments and emails saying that in the reader’s experience, yellow lights of any type have not reduced the number of bugs on their front porch. So here are the details about the light I have and the results I get from it.

The light is a GE BIAX Electronic 11 watt CFL bulb. It has the code FLE 11/2/TC14/Bug. Looking at the light, it appears to be a normal CFL with a yellow plastic cover. I have had it for almost 1 year and the only drawback is that it takes a few minutes to reach full strength. So if the porch is dark and you turn it on, your guests do not get the immediate illumination they might get with other types or brands of lights.

This light has worked well for me. Some of the advantages over a yellow incandescent light are, it uses only 11 watts of electricity, it does not get hot, and for the most part, does not attract bugs. It is this last item that seems to get the most response in my emails, so I will provide some specifics on that.

With previous porch lights, both normal and yellow, we still had a lot of bugs gathering every night. We also had a high population of spiders who, attracted by the bugs, built a lot of webs around the light and the front door. This light has reduced the bug population to the point that the spiders hardly even bother to set up their traps any more. I have noticed one exception to these results, Box Elder bugs.

For some reason the box elder bug seen in the photo above is very attracted to this light. For the few weeks of their season, the month of May here, they come by the hundreds every night. There must be something different in the way these insects see light when compared to the moths, mosquitoes, and other bugs that are not attracted to this CFL bug light. So for the few weeks of the Box Elder, our front porch is a popular place, Other than this one species and time, the light seems to work very well.

I Hope this helps. Your results may vary with different species of insects and different brands of CFL yellow bulbs, but we have been happy with ours.

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1 Bob

Thanks for the cfl code, I will contact my lighting guy I use for the mall see if I can’t get ahold of a few. Those what we call May bugs here are quite the pain in the behind, figures the light wouldn’t affect them,lol.

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2 Jennifer Robin

I never knew there was any such thing. Too bad it doesn’t go a step further and actually repel the little buggers. I need a bug whacker that the flying insect population around here won’t short out!

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3 Joe Black

Cute! Although not everyone’s style, the concept is worth considering. Many designs are available and certainly beats fumbling around in the dark.

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4 Richard Davies

Thanks for all the info on the light, sounds good not being pestered by the majority of bugs when outside using one. Does anyone have a quick link to one of these lights?

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5 Richard Williams

I live in Scotland and anything to keep the midges away would be a godsend up here!

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6 Joanna

Thanks for the cfl code, I will contact my lighting guy I use for the mall see if I can’t get ahold of a few.
Does anyone have a quick link to one of these lights?

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