Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
The re-furbished trap was back in action this week, using the actinic 15 watt tube. Persistence paid off with a Winter Moth on my illuminated shed door close to the trap, a garden first.
Weather...cloudy, light rain briefly, very light breeze and mild for time of year.
Sunday, 6 December 2009
The moth trap has been transformed. A brilliant white interior with a green woodstain exterior. The lighting will be experimental and interchangeable. These modifications are incomplete except for the system featured. Two 27mm E.S. porcelain Lampholders mounted on a wood batten, both wired to a 13 amp plug top. The lamps are 240 volt, 100 watt oversized blacklights, edison screw 27mm.
The advantages:- easy to install........ lamps give out 200 watts of u/v light without appearing too bright, so wont upset the neighbours, perfect for adjoining gardens where a 125 watt MV might cause friction.
Disadvantages :- The running cost.... 200 watts all night becomes expensive over time. The heat.... lamps get hot and will injure the moths, therefore a protective device is needed to keep moths from contact with the lamps. (To be designed and fitted) Health and safety... avoid looking directly at UV blacklights, and care must be taken with 240 volt leads.
Moth pulling power ? unknown....experimental.
Friday, 4 December 2009
The trap has been out of action for 6 days now. Having a refurb during the bad weather. But hopefully play will resume from monday. Looking good with three coats of green woodstain and a brilliant white interior. Should work well with dual actinic 30 watt tubes either side of the two sloping perspex sheets. Completed pic to follow, watch this space.............