Do LED Lights Attract Bugs?


Sitting outside, enjoying the evening air, beautifully lit by your beautiful landscape lighting and…Smack! You’ve just slapped your fifth mosquito of the evening, and you wonder why didn’t Noah just swat those two mosquitoes on the ark!? While we find mosquitoes and other flying insects to be a nuisance and even a health hazard, many insects can be beneficial in their place in the ecosystem. We just don’t want them around our place! How do I attract fewer bugs to my outdoor space? We all know that bugs are attracted to light (hence the expression “like a moth to a flame”) so how do we maximize our ability to see and minimize the attraction to flying creatures?

Some people have posited that LED lights do not attract bugs because they do not emit infrared or UV rays. That doesn’t seem to hold completely true. What seems to be the case is that LED lights attract far less insects, and virtually no moths, than traditional lights. If you choose warmer, more yellow-colored LED lights, you will attract the least amount of bugs. Bluish, cooler whites will attract more insects. This holds true for LEDs and incandescent bulbs. Remember “Bug Light Bulbs”–yellow-colored bulbs that are supposed to attract fewer bugs? Well, there is some truth to that theory. And today’s LEDs are less blue and more yellow than in the past.

So, does LED lighting attract bugs? Yes, some. But much less than traditional bulbs, especially if you choose a warmer color. There are many good reasons to choose LEDs lights– consider it a great bonus that they attract fewer bugs.

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