I agree with you. I bought two incandescent black flood lights for outside last year and they got so hot that I unscrewed them and put them away. I should have thrown them out and probably will. I was afraid they would explode if it rained or catch my yard on fire if it didn't! They are a safety hazard in my opinion also.Incandescent so-called "black light" bulbs are nothing more than colored glass. They lack the ultraviolet light waves to cause luminescence. Plus, incandescent "black light" bulbs block nearly all the light energy generated by the filament and therefore they get 2-3 times hotter than a regular lightbulb. I for one feel that they should be abolished altogether as a safety hazard. Very very dangerous.
Go to WalMart and get their fluorescent black lights that are the ones for $9.99. They are half the price you can get them anywhere else. And they're the real thing.
This is my first year doing this. I have already spent some cash on other basic items, so I cant spend a lot, deffinitly not $127.How much you want to spend? I know a place where you can get 400 watt fixture with bulb for $127. It is the one I use, I actually have 2 but it is to much so I just use one. One of them will cover 60 ft, so more then enough.
Compact fluorescent bulbs at Home Depot for $4.98 each including the blacklight bulb. These all do an excellent job!!!
Definitely stay away from the incandescent purple bulbs. They simply are not blacklights. We should sue the manufacturers for false advertizing and for safety reasons. The compact flourescent blacklights are awesome and as Indi stated, only $4.98 at Home Depot right now.Crap, I just bought some incandescent blacklight floodlight bulbs at Spirit. I know incandescents suck, but I neglected to realize they heat up that much more (duh). I was thinking of aiming two or three to make up for the lack of UV, but this is seeming to be more and more of a bad idea.
Guess I wasted some money.
Time to get some CFL blacklight bulbs intstead if I can find them.