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 07-13-2003, 00:50 Post: 59393
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I'd like to add some additional lights to my NH TC24D for mowing in the late evenings because the headlights just don't cast enough light for mowing on uneven ground (which is all I own!!). But we have a huge problem with mosquitoes in our area, especially along the margins of the woods. Since we all know that LIGHT ATTRACTS BUGS and putting lights over my head on the ROPS seems like an invitation to the little flying vampires that swarm every summer, and since bugs do not seem to be attracted to yellow "bug" lights, I was wondering if anyone has tried using automotive yellow fog lamps on their ROPS to eliminate or maybe just reduce, the problem of bugs swarming around the lights?

Anyone have any thoughts on this? What brand of automotive lights might work well? Anyone try it?






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 07-13-2003, 02:11 Post: 59395
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 Lighting on ROPS what about YELLOW fog lamps

I don't think mosquitoes are affected at all by light, but rather are attracted by carbon dioxide in breath or body heat or odours. But there are plenty of other bugs that are attracted to white lights, so I guess for them, the yellow lights might help.






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 07-13-2003, 04:46 Post: 59397
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 Lighting on ROPS what about YELLOW fog lamps

I think Mike D is right. Mosquitoes may also be attracted to the CO2 that is in the tractor exhaust. I know that the artificial traps that use propane rely heavily on the CO2 from combustion to draw the little blood suckers in.






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 07-13-2003, 05:59 Post: 59401
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Oh yes, We've got them all--mosquitoes, black fly, sand, horse, deer and stable fly as well as politicians. I don't like bug dope and I just learned to work in a bug shirt during the worst of it. There may be a safety hazard here but maybe no worse than me swatting things every few seconds. I might have trouble seeing through a bug shirt at might though. they aren't really great when you're looking into light. Wish a bug shirt would proof me against politicians.

The fog lights on my 1/2-ton have a thin wide fan pattern that cast a narrow arc of light 30' or 40' in front of the truck. The light they put down on the road isn't very bright due to the size of the pattern and they aren't too good for driving unless the regular low beams are on. I suppose fog lights with different patterns are available though.






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 07-13-2003, 08:40 Post: 59410
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.......... sand, horse, deer and stable fly as well as politicians.

So would they be unstable flies? Or maybe gadflies? Or in the case of Bill Clinton, getyourhandoffmy fly?






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 07-13-2003, 13:30 Post: 59424
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 Lighting on ROPS what about YELLOW fog lamps

Keeping politics aside, I bought 1 of those propane mosquito killers, it has a light to attract them, as well as CO2 plus a scent generator. The instructions say light is ONE of the attractants. That's why I thought the yellow fog lights might be good, following the "bug light" theory. So did anyone ever try yellow fog lights?






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 07-14-2003, 07:20 Post: 59456
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I certainly acknowledge your problem. The mosquito is our provincial bird. There are dense swarms much of the summer. I tend to work during the day so black flies during the early summer are the greater problem and I can't deal with them without a bug shirt or heavy-duty DEET. Dragon flies and swallows are my friends. We put out nesting boxes for tree swallows and keep the grass cut short, which helps keep the bugs down around buildings.

I don't know about light and mosquitoes. I believe they do home in from mid-distance on infrared light so a light of any colour may serve as a heat source rather than the light itself. Nothing wrong with trying yellow lights, although I mentioned that the beam pattern for the fog lights I have on my truck wouldn't be good for driving or as work lights either.

Mark: I suppose it's obvious but 'blood-sucking' was the common trait I had in mind--metaphoric in the case of politicians I guess. . I do appreciate the idea of 'unstable flies' though--another decent metaphor.






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 07-15-2003, 10:58 Post: 59546
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OK, ive seen pictures of worklights on rops, on the sides of rops, top of rops, etc. Holes drilled into rops, brackets welded to rops etc. On my mf with folding rops, and in my manuals, there are warnings everywhere not to drill, mount or weld anything to the rops because of warranty and safety. Is this just my tractor because of folding rops or is everyone else ignoring the safety warnings? Because i would really like to mount some lights too!!!






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 07-15-2003, 15:26 Post: 59561
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I talked to my NH dealer, he said to drill into the ROPS or he'd do it for me. I thought of just clamping on with u-bolts and running a wire up the side so I wouldn't weaken the structure. But then someone told me to just switch out the headlamp bulbs with high intensity bulbs from the auto parts store. So I'll try that first!!!






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I guess these new tractors are better designed for loaders. My headlights shine through the loader arms, which makes the headlights pretty well useless no matter how bright they are.

Replacing headlight bulbs seems like a good alternative. I think there are a couple of things to consider. I recall a discussion where a person said he melted a plastic part in a headlight assembly by replacing factory bulbs with high intensity ones. I don't know if they were higher wattage as well. My factory bulbs are 35W and there'd be the possibility that 55W bulbs may blow fuses periodically.






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