Nothing ruins the ambiance of outdoor dining like swarms of bugs. Now, you may think bugs and outdoor lights go hand in hand, but that isn’t always the case! Summer is just around the corner, and prime patio season along with it. If you’re trying to keep bugs away from your business and customers on summer evenings, selecting the right kind of light bulb matters.
Dinnertime is the most popular time to go out to eat, and patio dining means an increase in business during summertime hours. Dining outside is a treat, and more people are likely to hit the patio if you have ambient patio lighting that adds a stunning aesthetic while keeping bugs at bay.
LED lights are great for the environment, energy and cost efficient, and highlight your patio dining as an extension of the dining experiences you offer, allowing your patio dining area to serve as an advertisement and attraction.
A lesser known benefit, however, is that LED lights are less attractive to bugs than alternative light sources. There are 2 reasons for this that studies have supported.
The first has to do with the UV color spectrum and how insects interpret different wavelengths. Shorter wavelengths like that of UV light (which mimics the light from the sun and the moon) is more visible and much more attractive to bugs. Traditional incandescent lights, halogen lights, and HID lights all emit UV radiation – making them bug magnets. LEDs, on the other hand, produce very little to no UV light.
Additionally, LED lights produce very little heat. Some bugs have thermoreceptors (a temperature or “heat-flow” sensor) that allows bugs to pick up heat sources and attracts them to it. This is another reason why LEDs are less appealing to bugs than alternative bulb options that waste most of the energy they consume in the form of heat.
LED lights serve as a good way to dramatically reduce bug presence. This benefit extends to even the peskiest of insects, from mosquitoes and moths to stink bugs and earwigs.
In addition to inviting people to your patio without bugs around, here a just a few more benefits of our LED lighting systems that add value to your business’s outdoor dining experience:
- Lighting sets the mood of your restaurant or bar. When you provide customers with a relaxing atmosphere, you encourage guest to linger and spend more on food, drinks, and dessert, giving you a higher profit.
- A well-lit, bug-free patio can bring new and returning customers back to your place to dine outside, increasing your traffic.
- Having well-lit parking lots, sidewalks, and ramps helps to prevents accidents and deter would-be criminals.
- Expand your space! Patio lights give your restaurant more space to serve guests, day or night.
Call the Pros for Outdoor LED Lighting
If you’re ready to add LED lighting to your outdoor patio spaces that will help reduce bugs, consider the benefits of hiring an outdoor lighting company. Professionals have the knowledge and expertise to determine the right types of lights along with the number and positioning of lights for your outdoor spaces. They also offer maintenance, so you get the greatest benefits.
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About Dusk to Dawn
Dusk to Dawn is a premier, family-owned St. Louis business serving the greater St. Louis region and beyond. We are one of the only outdoor lighting companies to exclusively use low-voltage LED outdoor lighting systems. With the knowledge and expertise needed for designing and installing outdoor lighting, we work closely with clients to couple their dream with our design and installation expertise. The result is a thoughtful outdoor lighting experience that is stunning and innovative as well as functional and efficient.
Never compromising quality and efficiency and always respecting our client’s time and dollars, our goal is to provide you with the best commercial and residential outdoor lighting.