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Old 05-09-2012, 03:19 PM   #1
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Porch lights, Does color make a difference?

I was looking at some RVs and notice that the porch lights come in clear/white amber red (don't go there) blue. I am thinking that the color is for insect control but do any of them work? I would like a plain clear/white one to read by.
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I was looking at some RVs and notice that the porch lights come in clear/white amber red (don't go there) blue. I am thinking that the color is for insect control but do any of them work? I would like a plain clear/white one to read by.
yup the white ones attract insects, I think I read somewhere that LEDs do not.
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Amber, is supposed to not attrect bugs.
Red, will attract shady looking men at all hours of the night.

Which reminds me of the story about a man whos wife tried to become a working girl to bing in some extre money. After her first night out, The next morning she came home rather bedragelled with $24 dollars and 25 cents. The Husband said. Who gave you the 25 cents ? She responded......................................... ..............EVERYONE !
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Bugs are attracted to IR. Blue is the worst color...hense "Bug Zapper Blue". Moths are not suppose to be able to see yellow or red...how do they know?? White is an invitation to most flying insects. Mosquitoes don't care, if you're breathing and wear dark clothing, they'll find you. I'd go with yellow/amber. Bob
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Bugs are attracted to IR. Blue is the worst color...hense "Bug Zapper Blue". Moths are not suppose to be able to see yellow or red...how do they know?? White is an invitation to most flying insects. Mosquitoes don't care, if you're breathing and wear dark clothing, they'll find you. I'd go with yellow/amber. Bob
And they LOVE if you are wearing after shave or any cologne with a scent to it....even some hand lotions they love...except for the SSS (Skin So Soft) Avon, which is sold as a mosquito repellent.

Yellow/amber is my advice too.
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Bugs are attracted to IR. Blue is the worst color...hense "Bug Zapper Blue".
Interesting....and counter-intuitive. You would think that if they LIKE blue, they would be attracted to UV, not IR. IR is at the opposite end of the spectrum from Bug Zapper Blue. Learn something new every day.
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Well I guess amber deters bugs but I hated being able to see well outside and changed mine to clear and love it. What a difference it makes.
I will use bug spray if I have to but changed out last spring and it hasn't been an issue. Haven't had many bugs where I have been so far.
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Red, will attract shady looking men at all hours of the night.

Which reminds me of the story about a man whos wife tried to become a working girl to bing in some extre money. After her first night out, The next morning she came home rather bedragelled with $24 dollars and 25 cents. The Husband said. Who gave you the 25 cents ? She responded......................................... ..............EVERYONE !
EWWW!!!!, someone needs to hose that ho out!!
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Left out Not - in. not being able to see ... Sorry
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I camp a lot along rivers, many bugs, white was miserable, yellow does not attract them.
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Amber, is supposed to not attrect bugs.
Red, will attract shady looking men at all hours of the night.

Which reminds me of the story about a man whos wife tried to become a working girl to bing in some extre money. After her first night out, The next morning she came home rather bedragelled with $24 dollars and 25 cents. The Husband said. Who gave you the 25 cents ? She responded......................................... ..............EVERYONE !
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Amber attracted less than white for us, but still attracted them. We've got a motion-sensor LED porch light now. I, too, was told LED doesn't attract bugs, but it does attract gnats. At least with it being a motion-sensor, it only comes on when you walk up to it & then it'll go off after about a minute. That means less bugs.

I'm convinced the only light that doesn't attract bugs is a burnt out one.

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The best thing to do is run a bug attraction device, and if you want to read, have a campfire, and use your IPAD book app. LOL
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yup the white ones attract insects, I think I read somewhere that LEDs do not.

That is a good question. I changed mine out from the standard yellow to an LED motion detector clear one. I haven't been camping in the bug season but will take note. White definitely attracts bugs.
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