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Flowtron FC-8800 Diplomat Fly Control Device, 120-Watt, Indoor/Outdoor
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- Control night flying insect up to 2 acres
- 120 watts UV lure power covers 1,200 sqft indoors
- Mounts vertical or horizontally. Unit dimensions: 26.25 inches high , 13 inches diameter
- For outdoor & commercial indoor application at dumpsters & trash recepticals; ideal for barns
- Removable collection tray
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Industrial size electronic flying insect killer, also recommended for outdoor residential areas. Glow-tube, glo-panel reflector for maximum catch and increased attractiveness to insects. Equipped with UltraViolet (UV) Lights as an an attractant, the most successful for attracting a wide range of flying insects. AC Powered Killing Grid generates 5,600 volts, 2.4 amps with a 67" power cord. Unit measures 12" x 12" x 27" constructed of high-impact outdoor grade plastic, featuring chrome plated grid. 360 degree protection.
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It is bright, I'd say 3-6 times brighter than any I've had in the past. It lights up the entire area in front of my garage, but with a soft light rather than a normal spotlight. Even though I had purchased a light for the outside of the garage, I never bothered putting it in.
It works. It is powerful, it draws in bugs for (literally) a mile or so, and it slowly clears your entire area of bugs. Keep in mind that, with any bug light, it isn't there to kill the bugs near you (nor instantly). You should put it a ways away from where you hang out, and it takes a few weeks to start reducing the bug population. It draws in more flies than anything, but then I put the Flowtron mosquito attractant on it to draw those in as well. Unfortunately a walking stick sometimes hangs out near it to get bugs, then will get electrocuted (it takes around 30 seconds for something that big) when it tries to catch one. You definitely hear it getting all of the bugs, and I want to cheer each time. :)
I removed the bottom altogether, so bugs just fall out into the grass under where I have it mounted. The ants take care of them anyway and I don't have to climb a ladder to empty it each time.
I presume that it takes quite a bit of electricity, especially since it needs to be on 24/7. However, if you want one this powerful . . . you have to pay the price. This isn't a design flaw, just a fact of life.
The bulbs don't last terribly long. The first bulb went out after about 8 months, and the rest followed shortly after. The biggest bummer (mainly because it meant bringing out a long ladder and taking it down/taking it apart twice) was that all of the ballasts failed at the same time. They are wicked cheap (less than $8 and free shipping for 25 of them: Sunlite 37140-SU E740, FC8, Lamp FS22 Fluorescent Lamp Starter, 25 Pack(Pack of 25)), but it meant waiting a few more days and then going through the same process a second time. My recommendation would be to buy the box of 25, and just plan to replace one each time you replace a bulb.
The transformers get *really* hot, too hot to touch. I think that this is part of what lead to the downfall of the ballasts, and also meant that the plastic on the ballasts got brittle and they wanted to come apart when trying to remove them . . . another reason for replacing them each time.
So to conclude, plan to replace ballasts with lights, plan to replace the bulbs at least once per year . . . and plan to have all of your bugs annihilated in a satisfying way.
That said, do take care not to put this near the window of any room you sleep in, because the light this puts off is not the nightlight level glow found in your ordinary bug zapper. You can read a book by this; at 2am; in a storm; from 5 feet away; with sunglasses on.
Oh ya, its also loud. Really loud. Like machine gun staccato bug bursting happy feeling loud. The first time you see an entire cloud of gnats fly into this thing and go off like microwave popcorn, you'll wonder why you didn't buy it sooner.
If you are planning to put this on a dusk till dawn timer, be aware that many of the lower end timers/outlets will not work with this. I'm not sure if it's the watts, the amps, or what, but this thing is very finicky about the timers/light sensors it will work with.
Really; spoil yourself. Get this. If using it doesn't actually cause you to giggle, I'll be very surprised.
I never could get either of the units back to 100%
Eventually went to using just one and cannibalizing parts from the other
Now this one is broke down again.
Discovered many cheaper options out there for the price of ONE REPLACEMENT light bulb.
So I'll give it high marks for design concept but low marks for designing any reliability or affordability into the product.
Not a cost effective solution to any bug problem.
This BadAss Bug Zapper! Blasts All Bugs into Oblivion, it Instantly Explodes some Medium size bugs into Dust Particles, and I saw it BURN one Large Bug to Death, whilst a fair amount of grey smoke arose from the Burnt Bug! - The bigger the bug, the Louder and Longer the Zap Time! - I Highly Recommend for Effectiveness and Entertainment!
Yes, there is some collateral damage (a courageous lizard lost his life), but the ends do justify the means in this case!
The only complaint I have is that the corpses pile up so fast that they start to smell and cleaning the collector is kind of disgusting.
Our neighbors even commented that their yard had fewer mosquitoes in it!
Some tips for the engineers:
1) Make the upper cover wider, so that it can be out in rain without getting all noisy.
2) Add drain holes in the bottom so that it doesn't hold water and create smelly bug soup.
3) Add a moisture sensor to the top that powers it down during rain, but turns it back on as soon as the rain stops.
4) Invent a way to make this thing silent and I'd pay another hundred for it!