insects & light

LepiLED — Small, robust, lightweight, efficient

Orders: For urgent deliveries, DHL Express service is available upon request (takes 5–6 days). Examples
one or two lamps to Canada or US: € 62
one or two lamps + trap to Canada or US: € 82

We have developed LepiLED to greatly facilitate the sampling of nocturnal insects. Corresponding research has been published in Nota Lepidopterologica 40: 87–108. LepiLED be easily be ordered by email.

You will receive an invoice. Payment is possible via bank transfer or Paypal.

The light emitted by the eight Nichia Power LEDs contained in LepiLED directly corresponds 
to the three sensitivity peaks of most nocturnal insects (UV, blue and green in
the electromagnetic spectrum). Since nocturnal insects respond most strongly to UV radiation, four of the LEDs emit at the UV sensitivity peak at 365 nm (invisible to humans).

LepiLED is lightweight (only c. 410 g), small, robust and efficient. This makes LepiLED particularly suitable for work in remote areas. The equipment can easily be transported in backpacks and taken on planes.

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LepiLED: effizient, klein und leicht
LepiLED: efficient and small.

Optimized design

LepiLED has a passive cooling system and is made of anodized aluminium and a tough, long-life 3 mm borosilicate glass cylinder. The lamp is leakproof (IP 65/67). The emitted radiation is intense, dazzling some people. This effect can be lessened with a piece of bubble wrap placed around the lamp that scatters the radiation, but does not absorb it. When used behind gauze, the dazzling effect is dampened, but optical fabric brighteners might partially transform UV into blue radiation. Clear acrylic glass cylinders are available to replace the orignal cylinders where required. Both cylinder types have the same transmission properties.

LepiLED can be operated with a voltage between 5 and 13 V DC (Maxi Switch “UV mode“: 5–9 V). The lamp has a 2 meter cable with a USB plug, optimized for the use with 5 V powerbank batteries. Depending on their size, powerbank batteries (e.g. easy acc 26 Ah) can provide power for ca. 10 h (Standard), 6 h (Maxi), 6 or 12 hours (Maxi Switch), and 20 h (Mini). We recommend powerbank batteries with 26 Ah (=26000 mAh) and QC 3.0 output (= 3 A) (use search terms powerbank, 26000 mAh, QC 3.0).

Powerbank batteries can be recharged with a USB charger (as used for mobile phones) or, especially in remote areas, with mobile solar panels. Note that the Maxi models require 2.5 Ampere (ideal 2.7 A). We recommend QC 3.0 (Quick Charge) chargers providing 3 Ampere. LepiLED can also be operated directly from the mains using this charger. Other batteries (e.g. 12 V lead car or motorcycle batteries) can be used with the available adapter (not in Maxi Switch “UV mode“).

Five models

Standard optimizes the balance between energy demand and emission, while Mini optimizes energy consumption, and Maxi has the highest emission rate. Maxi Switch can be operated in “mixed radiation” mode (as the other models) or in engergy saving "UV mode". Mini Switch is the ideal solution for traps and maximum duration.

LepiLED be easily be ordered by email. Please, select and clearly note down the items you wish to order, and state your full postal address. Payment is possible via bank transfer or Paypal. We do not sell batteries.


Overview
*
Mini is now also available as Mini Switch (same price as Maxi). Wattage in UV mode is 2 W and a good powerbank may last for ca 40 hrs.
**
capacity of powerbank batteries is usually lower than indicated by manufacturers.
*** all lamps have a two meter cable with USB A connection (65 g).

Mini*
Standard
Maxi
Maxi Switch
Price without VAT
/with 19% VAT
€ 340.34
€ 405
€ 348.47
€ 415
€ 357.14
€ 425
€ 373.95
€ 445
Mean irradiance
50 cm distance
300-700 nm per
square meter
ca. 0,6 W
ca. 1,1 W
ca. 1,5 W
ca. 1,5 W
Wattage with
5 V Powerbank
ca. 4 W
ca. 8 W
ca. 13 W
ca. 6,5 / 13 W
26 Ah Powerbank
lasts for ca. **
20 h
10 h
6 h
12 / 6 h
Max. temperature
of cooling element (at 22° C)
34°C
47°C
55°C
43 / 55°C
Mass***
350 g
410 g
410 g
410 g
Max. diamater
64 mm
64 mm
64 mm
64 mm
Height
(without ring nut)
54 mm
71 mm
71 mm
80 mm
Spectrum
mixed
radiation*
mixed
radiation
mixed
radiation
UV or mixed
radiation

Available Equipment & Prices EU

Prices include 19% MwSt (VAT). Prices were moderately raised in November 2021 for the first time since 2017 due to increased costs in materials and production.

See gallery at right side for illustrations

LepiLED: Mini 405 € / Mini Switch 425 € / Standard 415 € / Maxi 425 € / Maxi Switch 445 €

C1: replacement borosilicate glass cylinder (15 €)

C2: replacement plexiglas cylinder clear (7 €)

A: adapter USB – alligator clips with reverse battery protection (15 €)

S: snap hook (3 €)

K: carrying case (11 €)

Complete sortiment
456 € Mini set
466 € Standard set
476 € Maxi set
496 € Maxi Switch set


Trap T:
Well-tried trap designed for LepiLED, polypropylene, with new professional black net with zip: 120 €. The trap consists of polypropylene parts (22 cm roof with hooks, 3 vanes, funnel and a 60 l net).

Further trap options: Further professional trap models for trapping with 4 litre PE bottles with ethyl acetate or chloroform were extensively tested in Europe and in the tropics. Options:
- Increased roof diameter 30 cm
- Super rain protection 50 cm
- Funnel with permanently fixed lid for 4 l bottle.
- Connectable small bottle for ethyl acetate or chloroform in PE or glass, with wick.
- Timer for programmed sampling.

Please ask for the best solutioin for your application. The ideal lamp models for operation with traps are mini or mini switch LepiLEDs.

Postage EU Standard parcel /DHL-local postal service: 16.23 €

We do not sell batteries because they are easily locally available. We recommend powerbank batteries with 26 Ah and QC 3.0 standard. Recommended search terms "powerbank 26000 mAh, QC 3.0". The best choice for powerbanks are Anker models.

Technical specifications

LED lamp set with 8 Power LEDs (manufacturer: Nichia): 4 x 360 nm (UVA), 2 x 430 nm (blue), 1 x 520 nm (green), 1 cool white. Weight 410 g. Standard: with with UV transmitting borosilicate glasscylinder. Input current: 5–12 Volt DC. Power consumption see above. LepiLED is mercury and lead free. Leakproof (IP65/67). Made in Germany.

Caution

The lamp emits UV radiation that is invisible. Protect skin and eyes when the lamp is switched on and keep a reasonable distance (> 50 cm). Do not allow children to play with LepiLED.

Available Equipment & Prices outside EU

Prices outside EU (without VAT). Prices were moderately raised in November 2021 for the first time since 2017 due to increased costs in materials and production.

See gallery at right side for photographs

LepiLED: Mini 340.34 €, Standard 348.74 €, Maxi or MiniSwitch 357.14 €, Maxi Switch 373.95 €

C1: replacement borosilicate glass cylinder (12.61 €)

C2: replacement acrylic glass cylinder clear (5.88 €)

A: adapter USB – alligator clips with reverse battery protection (12.61 €)

S: snap hook (2.52 €)

K: carrying case (9.24 €)

Complete sortiment
383.19 € Mini set
391.60 € Standard set
400.00 € Maxi or Mini Switch set
416.81€ Maxi Switch set


Trap T:
Well-tried trap designed for LepiLED, polypropylene, with new professional black net with zip: 100.84 €. The trap consists of polypropylene parts (22 cm roof with hooks, 3 vanes, funnel and a 60 l net).

Further trap options: Further professional trap models for trapping with 4 litre PE bottles with ethyl acetate or chloroform were extensively tested in Europe and in the tropics. Options:
- Increased roof diameter 30 cm
- Super rain protection 50 cm
- Funnel with permanently fixed lid for 4 l bottle
- Connectable small bottle for ethyl acetate or chloroform in PE or glass, with wick.
- Timer for programmed sampling.

Please ask for the best solution for your application. The ideal lamp models for operation with traps are mini or mini switch LepiLEDs.

Postage Regular Parcel (DHL + local companies such as US Postal Service)
Australia: 45.99 €
Canada: 37.99 €
New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China: 45.99 €
Norway: 29.99 €
Switzerland and UK: 26.90 €
USA: 36.99 €
- Postage to further countries upon request

DHL Express available to all countries, please make a query.
Examples:
Lamp or lamp set to Canada / US: € 60
Lamp or lamp set plus trap to Canada / US: € 82

We do not sell batteries because they are easily locally available. We recommend powerbank batteries with 26 Ah and QC 3.0 standard. Recommended search terms "powerbank 26000 mAh, QC 3.0". The best choice for powerbanks are Anker models.

Technical specifications

LED lamp set with 8 Power LEDs (manufacturer: Nichia): 4 x 360 nm (UVA), 2 x 430 nm (blue), 1 x 520 nm (green), 1 cool white. Weight 410 g. Standard: with UV transmitting borosilicate glasscylinder. Input current: 5–12 Volt DC. Power consumption standard model ca. 7–8 W, depending on input voltage. Leakproof (IP 65/67). LepiLED is mercury and lead free. Made in Germany.

Caution

The lamp emits UV radiation that is invisible. Protect skin and eyes when the lamp is switched on and keep a reasonable distance (> 50 cm). Do not allow children to play with LepiLED.


LepiLED References

Brehm G (2017) A new LED lamp for the collection of nocturnal Lepidoptera and a spectral comparison of light-trapping lamps. Nota lepidopterologica 40: 87–108. https://doi.org/10.3897/nl.40.11887

Brehm G, Niermann J, Jaimes Nino LM, Enseling D, Jüstel T, Fiedler K (2021) Moths are strongly attracted to ultraviolet and blue radiation. Insect Conservation and Diversity 14: 188–198

Niermann J, Brehm G (2022) The number of sampled moths is more affected by microhabitat choice than by UV lamp type in a grassland habitat. European Journal of Entomology 119: 36-42 2022 DOI: 10.14411/eje.2022.004


Singh R, Böttger D, Brehm G (will be submitted in April 2022) Moth light traps perform better with vanes: a comparison of different designs.


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