LED light bulbs, as great as they are, all look alike after a while. The same can’t be said for the ZappLight bulb, which also happens to double as a bug zapper. Worried about mosquitoes when you’re out grilling? Screw one into the light socket and you’ll enjoy neutral light while bugs gravitate to the blue UV inner core, meeting their death within. When not in use, the light portion can be shut off while the bug zapper remains live.
The bulb, as you can see above, looks like most LED lights on the market, excepting the open grille in the middle. The inner portion is electrified, and will zap bugs when they touch it. The blue UV light serves to attract them — anyone familiar with a bug zapper will find the ZappLight works the same way.
The regular light bulb portion outputs a neutral white light at 920 lumens (9 watts) and will last for 50,000 hours of operation or more. The zapper portion of the bulb uses 1 watt of electricity meanwhile, and presumably would last as long as the rest of the bulb. The grill itself is designed to keeps kids (and less sensible adults) from jamming their fingers inside.
The light will supposedly draw in bugs located within about 500sqft of the bulb, which is large enough to cover most patios and porches. A single unit costs $19.99 USD, and there are also 3, 6, and 12-pack options available.
LED lights are quickly becoming the sole choice for many people, and as the technology improves the price becomes increasingly attractive. General Electric just recently announced plans to stop producing CFL bulbs in the US as a result, citing a drastic increase in consumption of LED bulbs while prices continue to drop across the country.
This lighting technology has the advantage of lasting potentially years without being replaced, and now that the prices are more in line with what the average consumer is willing to spend, few are finding good reason to choose CFL.
ZappLight fits in with these new consumer sensibilities, but also comes at a time when another concern has arisen — the zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes. While a bug zapper won’t eradicate the pests from your yard, they may help keep them from slipping inside when the door is open (if mounted near the door, of course).