Since it’s Saturday Project time, I’m sharing my new invention…

Solo Cup LED Bug Light

 (*** See Warning Below ***)

Solo Cup LED Bug Light

I use yellow lights outside because I don’t like attracting bugs (and spiders) around the GubMints Lanai.

I’m tired of the crappy FEIT Electric CFL Bug Lights (below)- They cost 5 bucks and their lifespan runs from a few weeks to a few months.  The particular bulb in this photo lasted less than a month and is headed back to the recycle bin at Home Depot:

FEIT Electric CFL Bug Light
These Bulbs Suck.

I’ve searched online for LED bug lights as an alternative, but the LED bug bulbs are underpowered and/or very pricey.

As I was troubleshooting the fixture this morning (to make sure it wasn’t a wiring or switch problem), I inserted a spare LED bulb to test the socket…. I reached past multi-colored Solo cups to find this spare bulb….

And then it hit me- Why not create my own LED Bug Lite using the original fixture and a Yellow Solo Cup trimmed to fit inside?  I’ll let the photos do the talking:

LED 60W Equivalent, uses ~2.5W

 

Trim the Solo Cup to fit…
All Done!

If you want the link to the jelly-jar outdoor light fixture (~$11), it’s here.

 *** WARNING !  Do not use a ‘regular’ incandescent bulb or CFL bulb for this project – The heat will melt the cup and/or start a fire ***

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