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BiteFighter string lights chase mosquitoes from decks and yards

BiteFighter string lights chas...
The 12 BiteFighter LEDs are joined by three repellent diffusers
The 12 BiteFighter LEDs are joined by three repellent diffusers
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Unlike the average single-purpose mosquito repeller, the BiteFighter LED lights fend off mosquitoes and at the same time create a warming ambiance
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Unlike the average single-purpose mosquito repeller, the BiteFighter LED lights fend off mosquitoes and at the same time create a warming ambiance
The 12 BiteFighter LEDs are joined by three repellent diffusers
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The 12 BiteFighter LEDs are joined by three repellent diffusers
Create a protection perimeter around a yard, garden or deck
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Create a protection perimeter around a yard, garden or deck
TIKI Brands says to hang the BiteFighter lights at roughly 10 feet or lower
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TIKI Brands says to hang the BiteFighter lights at roughly 10 feet or lower
The repellent cartridges are designed to last the summer season, roughly 200 hours, and are replaceable
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The repellent cartridges are designed to last the summer season, roughly 200 hours, and are replaceable
Users can switch both the LED lights and repellers on, or use just the lights at times of year mosquitoes aren't a problem
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Users can switch both the LED lights and repellers on, or use just the lights at times of year mosquitoes aren't a problem
The LED light bulbs are shatter-resistant and replaceable
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The LED light bulbs are shatter-resistant and replaceable
The BiteFighter kit comes with 14 LED light bulbs and three repellent cartridges
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The BiteFighter kit comes with 14 LED light bulbs and three repellent cartridges
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Just as hordes of homeowners have rediscovered the simple joy of spending time outdoors on their decks and in their gardens, backyard mosquito repellers have moved away from the smoky, smelly designs of the past, toward cleaner, more integrated solutions like the Thermacell E55. Now, Tiki Brand shifts gears from the torches nearly synonymous with its name and strings up a full strand of outdoor lights complete with silent, odorless mosquito repellent diffusers.

The Tiki BiteFighter LED String Lights comprise a 36-foot (10.9-m) strand with 12 warm-toned LED bulbs and three diffusers powered by replaceable repellent pods. Tiki has designed the pods to last a full summer season, which it estimates at 90 days of 2.4 hours of usage, for 200 hours total.

While usage will vary by household, the replaceable design makes it easy to keep the diffusers running throughout mosquito season, year after year. The bulbs are also replaceable, and unlike those ancient, infuriating Christmas lights, they continue working should one burn out.

Unlike the average single-purpose mosquito repeller, the BiteFighter LED lights fend off mosquitoes and at the same time create a warming ambiance
Unlike the average single-purpose mosquito repeller, the BiteFighter LED lights fend off mosquitoes and at the same time create a warming ambiance

Tiki suggests hanging the lights no higher than 10 feet (3 m) in the air, and says that they'll create a mosquito-protection zone of 330 square feet (30.7 sq m). Users can connect up to eight strings to cover larger areas. The odorless, silent and invisible operation cuts out the irritation associated with torches and other combustible solutions.

Using a simple switch, users can turn both the repellent and lights on or use only the lights, making the BiteFighter lights useful in all seasons. Tiki says that the repellent feature should be turned on 15 minutes ahead of time to give it time to clear mosquitoes out of the area.

Users can switch both the LED lights and repellers on, or use just the lights at times of year mosquitoes aren't a problem
Users can switch both the LED lights and repellers on, or use just the lights at times of year mosquitoes aren't a problem

In addition to backyard and deck use, the BiteFighter lights look like they could be quite useful for RVing and other forms of camping in which a power source is readily available. Campers could really benefit from any product that can effectively fend off mosquitoes while also lighting up camp.

Tiki launched the BiteFighter lights last June and took home an Innovation Award for them at last week's CES 2022. Each BiteFighter set includes three repellers and 14 lightbulbs, leaving two bulbs for replacements. At US$159 per set, the BiteFighter kit is certainly more expensive than a string of bargain Amazon LED outdoor lights and a mosquito torch or two, but the dual-purpose push-button design and silent, odorless background operation are certainly appealing advantages.

Source: Tiki Brand

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8 comments
8 comments
Tom
Unfortunately, being unshielded bare bulbs, they also pollute the night sky and trespass on neighboring properties. We are slowly losing our heritage of viewing the Milky Way and beyond to "ambience." The company that invents light strings that don't pollute will make millions.
EH
I think they look good, the warm light is great. The price for replacement repellent would be good to know, though.
@Tom - Even several of these ($$$) would not be as much light pollution as a single streetlight, and these won't be left on all night to avoid using up the repellent. They are not bare bulbs, either, they are diffused with an outer clear capsule. They usually replace existing, brighter, lighting so actually reduce light pollution.
Pablo
I wonder if the heat here in Phoenix would “cook out” the repellent supply sooner than the 200 hour rating…. for instance, plastics that last 10 years in Maryland turn to dust in two here.
bwklast1
And of course the mosquito repellent is completely safe for people and animals even right over food LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
Use electric killers instead of chemicals!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Grunchy
One thing about mosquitos is that they are not attracted to lights, which is why "bug zapper" devices are completely ineffective against mosquitos.
I'm curious then what the repellent technology actually is? Because I doubt it has any useful effect.
Trylon
$160 can buy a lot of mosquito coils. Or better yet, just buy some nice, strong fans. Mosquitos are known to be weak flyers and can't bite you if they're blown away.
nick101
Okay, but how does it work exactly?
Bob Crouch
I have been invaded by NoSeeUms Inside my home.. tried everything for weeks. Can’t get rid of them HELP.. … most articles are about mosquitoS and how to prevent them outside , local Pet companies offer NO inside spray solutions.. They BITE and are Invisible but you can feel them and they come in Groups by thousands , many thousands.. like small pepper pieces.. ARRRGH.. SPENDING SMALL fortune on CHEMICAL SPRAYS , But little SUCCESS.. Setting the AC to freezing on warm day to entice them to fly back outside..AAARRRGGGHH!