of the best ways to be environmentally friendly is to
capture the power of the Sun's energy by designing
solar powered renewable products, and that's exactly
what Firefly Magic® has done with their
newly designed renewable energy 'Fireflies'.
How does Renewable Energy Work?
Basically, it means utilizing a source
of energy over and over again. With our Solar Powered
Magic® Firefly Lights we use the power
from the Sun over and over, day after day.
We do this by first collecting the Sun's
solar light radiation that hits the solar cells on the
solar panel assembly. The solar panel is made up of 16
individual silicon cells that are connected together
and laminated under a clear plastic cover.
By using the new technology laminating
process rather than the older epoxy encapsulating
process, the solar
panel will not turn yellow and crack over time. This
means the solar cells can continue to receive the maximum
level of solar energy over their years of life.
When the sunlight strikes the solar cells
in the solar panel they begin to generate electric power
(voltage x current = power in watts). This electrical
energy is routed by wires to the battery compartment.
for the 'Fireflies' to operate at night the electrical
power from the sun must be transferred and stored.
This is accomplished by using two (2) AA rechargeable
the Solar Panel Assembly.
The rechargeable batteries take the electrical
power and store it by using a chemical conversion that
stores the electrons. There are currently two generally
available rechargeable battery types, Nickel Cadmium
(Ni-Cd) and Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH).
Because rechargeable batteries use chemical
processes to convert, store, and output the electrical
power, temperature can play a significant role in how
well the batteries operate, and in turn, how the 'Fireflies'
We suggest you look at the BATTERY
INFORMATION Section to learn
about the differences between Ni-Cd and Ni-MH rechargeable
You may also want to review the OUTDOOR
USE IN SUN and OUTDOOR
USE IN SHADE Sections.