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#1 of 9 Patrick G

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Posted July 25 2006 - 05:00 AM

When I use the overhead light I get too many bugs, not to mention it's not very pleasing. I was thinking of wrapping the post there in Christmas-style lights, but can you find those anywhere during this time of year?

Any other lighting ideas for this area?

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#2 of 9 mylan

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Posted July 25 2006 - 05:17 AM

Do you really need lights out there? We have a screened in porch with the exact same fan/light combo and we never turn it on unless one wants to read or if we have company because lights from the inside provide enough illumination, kinda like mood lighting.
You might try to find a different globe with a yellow-ish color, not pleasing either but bugs tend to stay away from that frequency of light, or, try Home Depot, Lowes, or patio stores for those outdoor lights you hang out for parties like those red chili pepper shaped ones.
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#3 of 9 Jay H

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Posted July 25 2006 - 05:19 AM

Tiki lights? Posted Image

You can probably find those "christmas" lights around. There are actually some lights which are simply christmas type lights in a clear plastic tube to shield it from the elements I've seen folks illuminate decks with.

Something as fancy as these:

http://www.amazon.co....658622-8667246

Or simpler... Search for "string lights":

http://www.amazon.co....0&Go.y=0&Go=Go

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#4 of 9 mylan

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Posted July 25 2006 - 05:40 AM

Uhhh, yeah, what he said !Posted Image
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#5 of 9 LewB

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Posted July 25 2006 - 06:14 AM

You can find yellow 'bug lamps' to put in the fixture at either HD or Lowes. My experience with those things has not been good. Yeah, the bulb is yellow, but the light then reflects off the siding (yours appears to be light grey or white) and the bugs show up anyway.

#6 of 9 Kirk Gunn

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Posted July 25 2006 - 06:50 AM

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here are actually some lights which are simply christmas type lights in a clear plastic tube

Think it's called rope lighting. You could spiral them up that post and make it look pretty cool. I'd suggest staining/painting that pole first for a more "finished" effect.

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#7 of 9 John_Graz

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Posted July 25 2006 - 07:29 AM

http://www.123dj.com/l_ropelights.html

I use rope lights and it does the job ! Add as much as you like. You could put around the perimeter where the wall meets the ceiling.

And maybe screen it in. http://www.hgtv.com/....397734,00.html

#8 of 9 Patrick G

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Posted July 25 2006 - 07:35 AM

If I do rope lighting down the post, should I fasten it to the post in any way (other than at the top and bottom - to keep the even spiral spacing), and if so, what would I use?
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#9 of 9 Dennis*G

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Posted July 25 2006 - 01:30 PM

please do not put rope lighting on the post, unless you want people to laugh at you.

If you want to use rope lighting, but it up by the ceiling, then maybe conceal it a tad (can't think of the word for that at the moment..)

Otherwise, a romantic type setting (not what you want if sitting out there alone) is just use lots of candles.

Or like stated, the yeollow 'bug' lights should help cut down on bugs.