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Old 08-11-2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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Blue Light Special

So after some careful experimentation, and a few Red Stripes, I've determined that bugs are far less attracted to my cheap blue LED lights than the much more expensive warm white versions.

I'll have a few more, and get back to you...

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Old 08-11-2011, 11:12 PM   #2
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Re: Blue Light Special

My red LED cab lights don't get any. It's nice to leave the side doors open for long periods and not get a moth infestation. Not worth going all red, and all the rest of my LED lights definitely attract the bugs, flys and moths in spades.
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Old 08-12-2011, 05:43 AM   #3
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Re: Blue Light Special

This is interesting. Do the red or blue lights give enough illumination to read at night? I guess the answer is probably yes since ships use red (or blue) lights on the bridge when running at night.
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Old 08-12-2011, 10:19 AM   #4
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Re: Blue Light Special

Actually the brightness of the lamp in question have more to do with that- and with night blindness effects. I went with red for the cool factor- blue may be the new red, but red will always be appropriate for that classic military look.

My fridge light is now blue, and I can see and read a lot better in the fridge than in the drivers seat- the bulbs and brightness are different though so it's not really a valid comparison. I'd read a book by the fridge light, not so much with the cab lights.
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I'd read a book by the fridge light, not so much with the cab lights.
Didn't your ice cream melt??
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My fridge light is now blue, and I can see and read a lot better in the fridge than in the drivers seat- the bulbs and brightness are different though so it's not really a valid comparison. I'd read a book by the fridge light, not so much with the cab lights.
So the light inside the fridge doesn't turn off when you close the door? I always thought so.

You must have a really large fridge for you to sit inside and read a book.

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Old 08-12-2011, 05:25 PM   #7
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Re: Blue Light Special

Red lights are great for preserving night vision. Not sure about blue. We read at night using a red headlamp sometimes; works fine.
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Red lights are great for preserving night vision. Not sure about blue. We read at night using a red headlamp sometimes; works fine.
Depends on what types of bugs. Red for most. I've also did tests with Amber Leds..brigher but didn't work for bugs as well as the red.

I have the Red smds for the Main Light, two way switched with White Warm LED.
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Blue Light Special

Red, green, and blue are all good for maintaining night vision. Problem arises when the thing you are trying to read is in the same color. For instance, if there is some red print and you are using a red light, you won't be able to see the print in red.

The LEDs in my van can change to just about any color and intensity. If I ever get some free time again I will update my "Large Family Sportsmobile" post and include them. They were installed by SMB West when my van went in for re-work.
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Old 08-13-2011, 03:10 PM   #10
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Re: Blue Light Special

With a telescope, red is the choice, but people with bright red lights wreck my nite vision as well. If I'm going to image with a camera and a PC, my night vision is compromized even if I use a red screen cover or software that converts everything to red so dimming the screen is very important. I have a starlite night vision eyepiece that trashes my visual night vision and the only time I use that is when I don't need to worry about night vision adapting.

Bugs seem to flock to a PC screen at night and the red does help big time but some still seem to find the light.

I tend to agree with this article.

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