The Zapplight Review: A Product Worth Purchasing Today?

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We've all had our nights ruined by bugs. You are on your porch, the night is just the right temperature, the stars are out, you turn on a light to see where you've put your drink, and BAM! Your perfect space is invaded by a legion of flying, annoying insects. The Zapplight is a product that combines a bug zapper with a traditional light. Hypothetically it is as easy as plugging in a Zapplight where your old lights were to keep your porch or yard bug free. That is; it is that easy if the Zapplight works as advertised. That is exactly what we set out to discover in this Zapplight review.

The Zapplight Review Process

Zapplight

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Does Zapplight work as well as its proponents claim? Are there alternative products to Zapplight that perhaps work better, or do the same work but for a lower price? Where can you find Zapplights?

In this Zapplight review we asked these questions. We compared Zapplight to three members of its top competition and scored each according to our Zapplight review criteria.

That evaluation rubric scored each competitor according to the following categories: the special features, the price of the item, how easy it was to use, how long it took to assemble, the quality of the design, and what sort of warranty came with the product.

After scoring all four of these shortlisted bug solutions, we picked a winner based on our data. You can think of this as the “best of the best” in terms of our Zapplight review criteria and price point.

What Is the Zapplight?

We've all had our nights ruined by bugs. You are on your porch, the night is just the right temperature, the stars are out, you turn on a light to see where you've put your drink, and BAM! Your perfect space is invaded by a legion of flying, annoying insects. The Zapplight is a product that combines a bug zapper with a traditional light. Hypothetically it is as easy as plugging in a Zapplight where your old lights were to keep your porch or yard bug free. That is; it is that easy if the Zapplight works as advertised. That is exactly what we set out to discover in this Zapplight review.

Product Specs

Zapplight

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The Zapplight uses a blue LED which has been shown to be among the most attractive frequencies of light for getting mosquitoes and other pesky insects into its bug-zapping grid. The grid on the Zapplight can confidently defend a space of 500 square feet. Set up multiple Zapplights to keep your whole house or porch bug free.

Remarkably, that powerful of a bug-zapping grid uses only 1 watt of electricity. The light, although powerful enough to illuminate its section of your porch, actually only uses about 9 watts of electricity. Interestingly, you can use either the light or bug zapper function independently or you can use both simultaneously.

The bulb in the Zapplight is of the 60 watt variety and is finished with a classic glass casing. It produces an impressive 600 lumens. You will have no problem either killing bugs or lighting what needs to be lit with a product this powerful.

It is important to stress that the Zapplight is merely of the 60 watt type, meaning it can replace these sorts of bulbs. It does not actually use this much energy.

The Zapplight comes in three varieties: the classic “Signature” model, the large and in charge “Ellipse” model, and the sleek redesigned “Refined” model. We will largely focus on the mid-point “Signature” model in this Zapplight review. But it is great to know you have options.

As far as the Signature model is concerned. It usually ships in a pack of one that weighs 5.35 pounds and measures 8.3 by 5.9 by 3.2 inches.

Pricing

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A pack containing one Zapplight can be purchased for around $16. This may cost a bit more than other types of bulbs for your porch. However, keep in mind that those bulbs only attract bugs, they do not kill them.

The competitors like the Simba LED Bug Repelling Light, the Gloue Bug Zapper Light Bulb, and the Sunnest Bug Zapper Light Bulb tend to hover around this price range. However, some ask for quite a bit more than the price of the Zapplight.

Some alternatives ask radically less than the leading competitor, but in the process of our Zapplight review, we found that these options were rarely worth their salt.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

1

Simba LED Bug Repelling Light

2

Gloue Bug Zapper Light Bulb

3

Sunnest Bug Zapper Light Bulb

Zapplight

Ease of Use

The Zapplight is quite easy to use. One click sets it to the “Zap On and Light On” mode. Another click sets the Zapplight to “Zapping Mode Only.” The third click turns your Zapplight onto “Light Mode Only.” The ease is literally a matter of flicking a switch. The Zapplight is as easy as using a multi-stage brightness light.

Assembly Time

How many bugs does it take to screw in a light bulb? Can't tell, they keep flying to their death in the bug zapper grid that is so effective. In all seriousness, the assembly time for the Zapplight is extremely low. If you can screw in a light bulb, then you have all the tools you will need to install your Zapplight.

Design Quality

For our Zapplight review, we focused on the Zapplight “Signature” model. This model looks great in a classic meets modern sort of way. The outside is finished with a nice glass glaze and the center glows with ominous bug-killing potential. Think of the design philosophy as Blade Runner meets Great Gatsby.

The Ellipse model and the Refined model look even better than the Signature Zapplight, in our opinion. All three of these models would receive five stars as far as our criteria are concerned.

Warranty

Unfortunately, Zapplight does not offer too solid of a warranty on their Zapplight. Luckily, the product has outlasted any warranty we would have expected to need when we were conducting our Zapplight review tests.

Simba LED Bug Repelling Light

If you thought the Zapplight was a great idea but was a bit lacking in features, let us introduce you to the Simba LED Bug Repelling Light. More fully known as the LED Bug Repelling Yellow Bulb 6W 40W Equivalent with Dusk-to-Dawn Smart Sensor, this bulb uses the opposite strategy of the Zapplight.

Whereas the Zapplight uses light in the blue end of the range to make itself irresistible to insects, the Simba uses light in the amber range to repel them. Why? The Simba LED Bug Repelling Light does not include a bug killing mechanism.

This is the tear gas or bean bag round of buggy porch solutions. It is less than lethal, but it is effective at cutting through a rowdy bunch.

Ease of Use

This is arguably even easier to use than the Zapplight. We claim this because the Zapplight can require multiple touches to reach the desired setting. That is not so with the Simba LED Bug Repelling Light because it is simply a light that bugs hate to be around. If you do not want to clean bugs from your zapper, this might be the solution to consider.

Assembly Time

All you have to do with the Simba LED Bug Repelling Light is plug it in and turn it on. Turning it on is key, since it will not immediately draw power if it is light outside. Only when night falls will it turn on and begin killing bugs. You can always kill the light by switching it off.

Design Quality

We liked but were not in love with the amber quality of light coming from this bulb.

Warranty

Simba Lighting does not provide a warranty for their product. This is probably because it is considered to be a replaceable object.

GLOUE Bug Zapper Light Bulb

The Gloue Bug Zapper Light Bulb is a more direct competitor with the Zapplight. It functions almost identically to the Zapplight with its chemical free light lure and combination killing grid.

In terms of what makes it unique, the Gloue Bug Zapper Light Bulb comes with a night light mode. We found this feature useful enough to shortlist it in our Zapplight review. However, it is very difficult to find in stock, and therefore you are often stuck paying too much for this product.

Ease of Use

The Gloue Bug Zapper Light Bulb is only slightly less intuitive than the Zapplight.

Assembly Time

Like many of the bulb-replacement bug zappers on this list, it is very easy to assemble.

Design Quality

The night light mode is great, but the overall look of the Gloue Bug Zapper Light Bulb seems like it is trying to imitate the Zapplight imperfectly.

Warranty

There is no warranty offered by Gloue for their bug zapping bulb.

Sunnest Bug Zapper Light Bulb

We had high hopes for the Sunnest Bug Zapper Light Bulb. It is another bug zapping solution that plugs right into any E26/E27110V light bulb socket. It is toxic free and uses no chemical lures that need replacing. Its longevity is even impressive. One bulb is said to last for 50,000 hours.

That means the Sunnest Bug Zapper Light Bulb ought to last you a whopping five years and eight months of constant use. Since you will only have it on for a maximum of half of that time (night), you will likely not need to replace your Sunnest Bug Zapper Light Bulb for a decade. You can see why our hopes were high.

Why were we let down? It uses about fifteen times more wattage than the eco-efficient Zapplight.

Ease of Use

This is truly a plug and play type of product. It is as easy as it can be.

Assembly Time

All you have to do is plug it into a E26/E27110V light bulb socket and flip the switch. It takes no time at all.

Design Quality

Ultimately, we found the aesthetics of this bulb lacking when compared with the Zapplight.

Warranty

This product comes with a nice 12-month risk-free warranty.

Conclusion

Ultimately the scores speak for themselves. If you are seeking a bulb that both lights your way and kills the bugs that cross your path, you cannot go wrong with the Zapplight. We had high hopes for the Sunnest Bug Zapper Light Bulb, which did provide a nice warranty, but its power drain was too high to justify.

Some readers will surely be attracted to the option which allows them to repel bugs instead of attract them. We did find this to be a nice feature, but ultimately the best solution was to lure the bugs to their death rather than encouraging them to breed in other parts of our yard.

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