LED Lights Attract Far Fewer Insects Than Traditional Ones

A scientist research group from University of Bristol has revealed that the domestic LED lights, compared to other filament lamps, attract lesser number of disease carrying insects.

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About The Study

The study was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and co-sponsored by UK lighting manufacturer, Integral LED.

The field research was led by Dr. Andy Wakefield under the supervision of Professors Gareth Jones and Stephen Harris from the University’s School of Biological Sciences.

Scientists set up LEDs, traditional incandescent lamps and compact fluorescent lamps at 18 field test sites in England. Over 4,000 insects were carefully identified which led the researchers to believe that LEDs attract four times lesser insects compared to other lights.

Approximately 80 percent of the disease carrying insects, which visited the test sites, were attracted to the incandescent lamps, 15 percent to the compact fluorescent lights and only 2 to 3 percent of the insects visited the LEDs.

Dr Wakefield said talking about the findings said,

“We were surprised by the number of biting flies drawn to the traditional tungsten lights. We do not know why this is but we know that some insects use thermal cues to find warm-blooded hosts in the night, so perhaps they were attracted to the heat given off by the filament bulb.”

Future Study

The research team has now highlighted the urgent need to further investigate the matter which will expose the heat-seeking flies. It will help massively in terms of minimizing the damage caused to human health across world by these viscous insects.

Protection from diseases such as Malaria and Zika fever is highly possible if the study is put to good use.

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