It’s very frustrating when you buy replacement bulbs, install the bulbs into fly traps, and the bulbs don’t light-up. Below is a quick checklist you can use to troubleshoot and easily solve your bulb problems.
1. Use the correct bulbs and starters
First, make sure your replacement bulbs are the correct wattage, diameter, and length. Second, make sure your starters work with the bulb wattage. For all this information, check the bulb label. You can learn how to read bulb labels from our blog, The ultimate guide for replacing bulbs in your fly lights. If you know the model number(s) of your insect light trap(s), you can easily find the bulbs you need by downloading our
Posted: August 12, 2021
Finding the right replacement bulb(s) for your fly trap is not as easy as it seems. What bulb(s) wattage do you need? What bulb(s) length fits in your light trap? What’s is the bulb(s) diameter?
With those questions in mind, let’s take a look at Quantum bulbs (the premium UVA bulbs on the market). Let’s discover the meaning of bulb etchings, which will guide you to the right bulb(s) for your fly trap.
What does “BL” or Blacklight mean?
“BL” or blacklight refers to ultraviolet light (UVA), which is visible to many pest insects. UVA light is commonly used within fly lights. A blacklight bulb lacks a filter, which allows visible blue light emission. The reason you see a bluish color emitted from your fly light.
How do you distinguish a shatter-resistant bulb from a standard bulb?
Look for the dark ring at the end of the bulb (see
Fly lights work because science demonstrates that flying insects are strongly attracted to ultraviolet light.
To place light traps, follow 5 easy steps.
- • Place light traps away from daylight and light fixtures
- • Place light traps near flying insect access areas by flanking exterior doors and windows
- • Place light traps to maintain line of sight; if you can’t see a light trap, neither can flying insects (light trap height doesn’t matter)
- • Place light traps at least 10 feet away from exposed food or preparation surfaces, which attracts flying insects away from sensitive areas
- • Place light traps where they can be safely accessed for servicing
Need any help on placing fly lights at your location?