HISTORY OF FIREFLY
Stephen Taylor, inventor of Firefly Magic Firefly Lights
lived on a ranch with a pond in North Texas with his
wife Kim. During the spring and summer, fireflies also
lightning bugs, would begin lighting up the evening near the
water's edge. Growing up
in Southern California, seeing fireflies flashing in
the evening was a new and fun experience for Stephen,
as he commented, "Someone
should invent little lights that exactly recreate the
look of Fireflies for kids who don’t grow up with
them." Kim acknowledged the idea as they continued
to watch Mother Nature's tiny little creatures with their
glowing lanterns dance across the pond.
Years later, Stephen headed an electronics company,
Sigma Two Group, and the kernel of an idea that began
by a pond in North Texas has grown into an fun and
backyard entertainment lighting product that everyone
Stephen began research on a species of beetle called
Lampyridae, also known as Fireflies or Lightning Bugs.
The objective was to develop a method to accurately recreate
the random and unique flash patterns of fireflies. This
development process included acquiring information from
some of the World’s leading university researchers
For the uninitiated, fireflies use their flash patterns
to communicate with a potential mate for reproduction.
With over 200 firefly or lightning bug species in the
United States, and 2,000 in the World, the variety of
flash rates and colors was amazing.
Stephen's efforts culminated with the invention of a method for
accurately emulating the visible electromagnetic spectrum
emissions of member species of Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera:
Lampyridae by convergence of a programmable software
program, a data memory, a data processor, a clock frequency
timer, and visible light emitting device or devices.
Subsequently, the United States Patent and Trademark
office issued Patent number 7,212,932 to Stephen Taylor
the inventor, and Managing Partner of Sigma Two Group
In addition, Patent number D580,074 has also been issued
to Stephen for the unique design of the 'Firefly LED'
used in Firefly Magic 'Fireflies'.
Having developed the technology to accurately mimic
Mother Nature’s real fireflies, the next challenge
was designing products that could use the advanced technology
for a variety of commercial and residential applications.
A milestone came when Stephen was contacted by Sara
Lewis, Professor of Biology and head of firefly research
at Tufts University in Massachusetts. Dr. Lewis wanted
a device so accurately mimicking real fireflies, that
it could be used as a lure for a specific species. Working
closely with Dr. Lewis, Stephen developed battery operated
devices that were used in the scientific study which
was published in the American Naturalist.
The first ‘electronic fireflies’ were manufactured
in California and sold exclusively from Sigma Two’s
Firefly Magic® Website. As popularity increased,
a number of home improvement channels featured the product,
including HGTV, Fine Living, DIY Network, Animal Planet,
and the National Geographic Channel on their program
Science of Summer.
Sales to commercial venues including zoos, nature museums,
hotels, casinos, restaurants, and even stage and movie
productions increased dramatically. At the same time,
consumer purchases on the Firefly Magic® Website
for backyard ‘Fireflies’ also continued to
increase, as well as requests from retailers and landscapers
who wanted to carry the product.
However, with limited manufacturing capacity in Southern
California, as well as high production costs, traditional
retail channel distribution was not possible. The choice
for Sigma Two Industries was to either continue with
limited production or expand capacity. The decision was
to increase capacity.
into Retail Market
2009 marks the introduction of the newly designed Solar & AA
Battery Powered Firefly Magic® Firefly Lights, Models
FMS-14 and FMS-07 for the retail market.
Using the newest and most reliable laminated solar panels,
along with high tech microprocessors and custom developed
Light Emitting Diodes, the new, high quality Solar Powered
Firefly Magic® Firefly Lights are a truly unique
entertainment lighting product for backyards, gardens,
and even indoors.