Forget the threat of malaria, encephalitis, Zika or West Nile… we just hate being bitten by them-there dadgum skeeters! And here in mosquito alley (that’s what I’m calling Florida), we need relief. So don’t mind us as we show a bit of enthusiasm for the new NuTone-Haven Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System—great looking outdoor lights with built-in mosquito repellent. Oh yeah.
The company claims it’s the first-ever integrated lighting/repellent unit, so we’ll just take their word for it because that’s not what’s important here. And, technically, citronella candles do double as mosquito repellents and outdoor lighting, but they stink to high heaven (and make your clothes stink, too), usually don’t provide much coverage per candle, and you have to light them and wait a while for them to work.
The NuTone Haven lights use a combined vaporizer and repellent cartridge that emits an invisible and odorless mosquito repellent, covering about 110 square feet each—so four of them will protect most standard patios. The company says the repellent is safe for plants, flowers, shrubs and lawns. They don’t mention pets, but there’s a dog next to one of the units in the video, so we’ll assume he’s OK.
A powder-coated cast aluminum housing—available in black or bronze—holds the 16 integrated LED lights, a replaceable 24ml mosquito repellent cartridge and vaporizer to provide controlled release of the repellent. The LEDs provide 40 lumens of light at 2900K, should last about 30,000 hours and are surrounded by a UV-stabilized polycarbonate lens that shouldn’t fade, yellow or chip like so many cheap outdoor lighting kits. The repellent cartridge is designed to last up to 90-days when used daily for about 2 ½ hours each time.
Each unit stands 18″ and includes a plastic ground stake, but optional brackets are available for mounting the lights on a fence post or deck railing. You can also purchase the repellent fixture alone, without the light, in cases where you already have outdoor lighting and just want mosquito control.
Installation of either unit should be a breeze as each includes an 18″ lead of 18-gauge cable with tinned ends for easy insertion into one of the two provided adaptors for 12-16 gauge cable setups. The system is powered by a low-voltage 12v or 15v AC transformer and can tie into existing low-voltage lighting systems. There’s also an optional timer available that can turn the system on/off at a certain time or automatically via a built-in dusk/dawn sensor.
I’m not certain these things will control insects other than mosquitoes, but guessing so and I’m certainly willing to try. Here in Florida and for a certain number of months, both mosquitos and noseeums are bah-ru-tal when I’m out in garage or driveway working on the Jeep.
The NuTone-Haven Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System will be available this month (April 2016) at select NuTone retailers, which include Home Depot stores nationwide.