Firefly-One, Inc. blossomed in 2015 by Dick Bostdorff and Gene Wisakowsky, who met by chance in a Northern Ohio tomato field through a mutual friend. Both shared a passion for agriculture and entrepreneurship and when Dick shared his idea of using pulsed xenon lighting in crop production, Gene was immediately intrigued and wanted to evaluate the approach.
After years of collaboration and experimentation, Dick and Gene proved that pulsed xenon lighting could increase crop production while using a fraction of the energy of previous agriculture lighting technology. They found that their approach also improved root development, strengthened stems with reduced internode spacing, and produced faster transplants with shorter crop cycles which resulted in greater crop yields.
Over the next six years, the team designed and optimized a lighting system that could replicate the full spectrum of sunlight and save energy through a stroboscopic output that imitates the wind-induced dappling effect of sunlight under a tree canopy, known as sunfleck. This approach accounts for as much as 80% of understory growth in the natural environment.
To bring their research to market in 2022, Dick and Gene set out to create a user-friendly lighting system that could be easily installed, moved, and withstand the rigors of the greenhouse. The result was the Sunflecks Dynamics lighting system, also known as PhotonFlux.
At Firefly-One, we are committed to assisting greenhouse crop production and controlled climate agriculture through our innovative plant lighting systems. We prioritize research and development that increases crop yields, lowers operational costs, and reduces the carbon footprint of growing operations. We invite growers to discover how our Xenon strobe lighting systems can help them achieve greater success.
The FireFly-One Team, with a combined experience of over 120 years, has brought the use of xenon pulse lighting to the horticulture industry, taking agriculture lighting to the next level. The PhotonFlux grow lights are a unique and innovative agriculture technology that can replace both HPS and LED lighting, reducing energy use by up to 90%. This patented use of xenon pulse lights for plants is a game-changer for your grow operation, offering significant energy savings, reduced carbon emissions, and increased profitability. FireFly-One is here to assist you with the transition to this revolutionary technology.
Dick’s involvement in agriculture began at the age of six when he drove two wagons of tomatoes from his family farm in northwest Ohio to the HJ Heinz factory. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in extension education marketing from the University of Missouri. Dick worked for 15 years as an extension vegetable specialist in New York and Oregon before serving as vice president of horticulture plant production for Speedling, Inc. for 10 years. During his 27-year tenure operating a successful transplant production facility and nursery, he conceived an idea for plant lighting that would enhance growth and reduce energy consumption compared to HPS and LED lighting. Dick went on to patent this innovative lighting method, which he named the PhotonFlux Pulse Xenon Light System.
Eugene, a lifelong vegetable and flower gardener, earned his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Texas A&M University. He later pursued a second bachelor’s, a master’s, and a doctorate in food science within the horticulture department. Eugene held the position of Vice President of Technology for 17 years at the food division of Anheuser Busch, followed by 15 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of a private food company. In both roles, he explored the positive and negative aspects of bacteria and the factors affecting bacterial growth in the food industry. Eugene has collaborated with Dick Bostdorff on several projects exploring the natural relationship between plants and the environment, with a focus on how bacteria and lighting affect plant growth and productivity.