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SOLAR OPERATION

One 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 Firefly 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.

In order 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 batteries located inside 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' work.

We suggest you look at the BATTERY INFORMATION Section to learn about the differences between Ni-Cd and Ni-MH rechargeable batteries.

You may also want to review the OUTDOOR USE IN SUN and OUTDOOR USE IN SHADE Sections.

   
   
 

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