The ZappLight is a combination bug zapper/light bulb that claims to be able to reliably get rid of bugs anywhere that it is plugged in via a light bulb socket. What’s more, the product claims to be able to do this without chemicals, fumes, or sprays of any kind.
The ZappLight is said to be able to work indoors and out, and combines a shocking electrical grid with a 60 watt LED bulb to not only attract and kill bugs, but also to illuminate the room or outdoor space that you wish to use the ZappLight in.
The makers of ZappLight claim that the super bright LED bulb is able to attract bugs from up to 500 feet away, drawing them in and ultimately killing them on contact with the bug zapper. They also state that the included LED bulb should last up to 15,000 hours.
For many of us, the Spring and Summer months bring the very annoying reality of pests such as mosquitoes, flies, and other flying insects.
Having a small, portable bug zapper that doubles as an LED light could potentially be quite useful for those of us looking to rid ourselves of these insects once and for all, provided it was able to do so effectively and safely.
Of course, bug zappers have been around for many years now, so what’s the big deal with the ZappLight?
What Makes The ZappLight Different?
The ZappLights unique design allows it to be used anywhere you might have a light bulb socket, and is smaller and more discrete than a traditional bug zapper. It also is designed to be able to be used both indoors and out, while most traditional bug zappers are only appropriate for outdoor usage.
Also simply doubling as a fully functional light bulb is quite possibly a handy feature, as the devices can be used in more than once place simultaneously, potentially creating a “wall” of sorts in order to keep bugs away from a wider area. Of course, this all depends on how strong the radius of attraction truly is with the ZappLight.
Now that we know a bit more about the ZappLight, let's next take a look specifically at how it claims to work in and around your home.
How The ZappLight Works
The manufacturers of ZappLight claim that if you can screw in a lightbulb, you can use their product. The device features two main modes of operation, depending on whether or not you want the actual light on or not.
If the latter, you can switch to the alternate mode where the light is off while the zapper remains functional. To switch to this mode, all you’ll need to do is turn the light on, then off & on again.
In theory, this means that you could leave the zapper on indefinitely in a problem area of your house, such as the backyard or a main room inside. This could potentially very useful, especially if you notice that you have specific areas of your home that always seem to have a bit of an issue with bugs.
ZappLight Technical Specs
The ZappLight can be used in any standard, 120V socket. The lightbulb is not weather protected and must be kept out of elements such as rain and snow at all times. It’s also completely incompatible with dimmer switches, which are increasingly popular in homes all across the country.
There is a small brush included for cleaning the electrical grip area, but the manufacturers state that you cannot use water or any other liquid when cleaning the device. The electrical shock that kills the insects delivers 2000V of electricity to anything it comes into contact with.
ZappLight Pricing & Return Policy
It looks as though the ZappLight is currently available directly through the manufacturer, either by phone or via the main website for the product, as well as on Amazon.com. The ZappLight is sold in three main packages through the manufacturer, including a single ZappLight for $19.99, a double offer for $29.98, or a bulk package that includes 6 ZappLights for $79.99.
All three packages include a few optional upgrades that can be added onto your order, including the following:
The manufacturers state that standard processing can take between 3 to 6 weeks, which seems fairly high for a product of this type. Apparently, choosing this $9.99 option will expedite your order, allowing it to arrive within 3-5 business days.
3 Year Protection Policy
This option will run you $9.74, and effectively grants you a 3 year (from the date of purchase) warranty against all defects in materials and workmanship. This plan covers all shipping, repair and replacement fees for defects, but it should be noted that it does not cover products that have been stolen, lost, or broken.
Atomic Beam Flashlight Addon
The last addon is simply an “incredibly bright, ultra-tough” Atomic Beam flashlight. This product can be added for an additional $19.99.
The return policy through the manufacturer includes a 30-day money back guarantee, as long as the ZappLight is in a new or -like-new condition. You’ll be able to return the light bulb for a full refund, minus any shipping, handling, or separate fees (including the $9.99 fee for the double offer). In order to initiate a return, you’ll need to give customer service a call at 1-855-668-1655.
Interestingly, the pricing for Amazon was actually cheaper than directly through the manufacturer at the time of this writing, sitting at $15.99 per ZappLight. There is no extended warranty through Amazon, but there is the standard 30-day return policy provided by the company.
What Others Are Saying About The ZappLight
ZappLight has been featured in a number of review blogs and online forums, and has also accumulated some online reviews on Amazon.com. A good portion of these reviews are positive, with many noting that both the bulb and the bug zapper work as described.
A few standouts did seem to be disappointed with the effectiveness of the buz zapping portion, stating that the bulb did not attract enough bugs. On the whole, however, we were happy to see that many customers and reviewers seem to be pleased with the product.
The Bottom Line: Will The ZappLight Really Get Rid Of Bugs?
Looking at everything that we’ve learned about the ZappLight, it’s altogether unclear exactly how much value you can expect to receive from the product. With reviews somewhat polarized, it isn’t entirely clear how effective the ZappLight will truly be at keeping bugs away from designated areas.
It should be stated that we don’t necessarily see any reason why the product couldn’t possibly live up to its premise, but without testing one for ourselves, we simply can’t guarantee that it will be everything the manufacturers promise it will be.
All of that said, more than a handful of reviewers on Amazon did state that they were pleased with both the product itself and its effectiveness, and in theory, you should be able to get value from the LED bulb portion of the product alone, even if the bug zapper turns out to be less effective than it seems to be.