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Old 08-29-2010, 08:16 PM   #1
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Bug Removal System

On one of our trips last year it came to me upon inspecting how close one of ceiling lights was to one of our Fantastic Fans that some of the flying bugs that had gotten into our rig had been suctioned to the screen of the fan. Our fans are newer generation and have pop out removable screens so I removed one and let the fan suck out some of the bugs. However I found that it didn't get most of them because the bugs stayed close to the lights. My idea was that if lights were mounted in the fan opening that they would be attracted to them and pulled out much better. Here then is what I came up with:

First I ordered two Aqua Signal 3-LED lights from Amazon for $11.41 each. These lights have recessed mounting and are waterproof (not that it's important)


Next I removed the inner fan housing and made a template of where I wanted the lights to be so that I could cut the holes.


As my fan was mounted in the roof off center of the hole there was plenty of room on one side for the light and switch but on the opposite side I needed to remove just a bit of the foam to accommodate the light.


The holes for the lights were cut out using a Dremel tool with a cut off blade, the switch is a small rocker from Radio Shack and used a 5/8" hole for mounting. One light was mounted along with the switch and wired. Wire was run round the shroud to the other side and through the hole for the other light, the 2nd light would have to wait until after the shroud was put back in place as it would not fit back in the hole with it installed.


Once installed back in place the 2nd light was wired and installed. Now with the lights installed right below the fan I am hoping that it will work better at getting all the flying bugs out with little hassle.
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:16 PM   #2
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:09 PM   #3
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I really hate bugs.

The dog hates bugs.

We all hate bugs.

Running around with the fly swatter is half the fun.

Nice job on the installation. Those lights probably work better than half the lights we have in our rig.
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:11 PM   #4
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Way kewl!
What a great idea and good job.
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:59 PM   #5
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NWJ,
That's a great idea.

Thanks,
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:33 PM   #6
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that is one SWEET idea

attract them

then
Suck em out


i think i may have to copy your idea
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:39 PM   #7
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What! that means I can't use chemical warfare against the bugs
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:42 PM   #8
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What! that means I can't use chemical warfare against the bugs
You can continue to eat all the beans you want with this system, remember the fan is still running..


I still get loads of pleasure with our electric "fly swatter". I love to hear those mosquitoes sizzle!
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:12 PM   #9
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First...I really like that idea. But, everything I have read, and a limited amount of experience, says that most insects can't see the LED light. They are attracted to the UV light emitted by other lights, but LED's don't emit UV rays.

This summer season is the first one that most of my ceiling lights were LED's. I did notice that the normally present hoard of gnats that were around the regular light, were not around the LED's.

Please let us know how it works. I may still do that for a nightlight type of thing in our commode room.

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Old 08-30-2010, 08:25 PM   #10
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NWJeeper, you're diabolical, I like it!!!. Bug warfare is always a chore now you've gone and outsmarted the little buggers. Great job! Oh no, I think your spending my money again!!!
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