FAQs

Xenon (Xe) is one of the inert gases and is the only gas that gives off a full spectrum of light when charged with electricity like sunlight.
Pulsed-Xenon comes from a flash tube, called the Photon Xenon Strobe. This strobe tube flashes about 70 times a minute.
A photon is the physics name for a light particle or wave. These waves are measured in nanometers (nm). The photons have energy that is measured in Joules. The Photon Xenon Strobe produces photons in the full spectral range many times brighter than the sun.
This is the name given to the visual electromagnetic spectrum and the range of frequencies of electromagnetic radiation and their respective wavelengths and photon energies. The visual light, as seen by human eyes, ranges from 400 to 700nm. Infrared wavelengths range on the high side above 700nm (called far red) and up. Ultraviolet wavelengths are on the low side, starting at 400nm down to 200nm.
Light energy or luminous energy is the quantity of light striking the leaves. Radiant energy or Flux is the rate of flow of electromagnetic energy waves. The PhotonFlux™ Strobe produces a broad spectrum of electromagnetic waves at a stronger intensity
Xenon gas when excited, produces the full spectrum of sunlight. Light Emitting Diodes rely on specialized internal phosphorescent coatings to provide a limited range of frequencies of electromagnetic radiation within the light spectrum. LEDs use ultra-violet light to excite the minerals in their phosphorous coating, to release visible light. All fluorescent, neon and LED lights emit visible light and are tuned to specific color ranges.
LEDs are limited by the types of minerals that phosphor to have a full spectrum of light. They are also limited in the number of lumens produced because they have to increase the number of LED lights to increase the output of light. This increase in numbers of LED chips increases the amount of energy consumed.

PhotonFlux™ Strobe

Based on research over the past seven years, the PhotonFlux™ Strobe been developed to meet the requirements of the agriculture. It does not rely on legacy technology but instead utilizes a specialized components in construction. Specific electronics, strobe tube, lens, and reflector are manufactured exclusively by one of the US’s leading strobe light manufacturers. This ensures quality control and bulb longevity for maximum results for the end user.
The light flashes of FireFly-One’s patented process was discovered to produce more light than a constant light bathing the plants over time. By flashing at a rate of 10/1,000th second, every flash cycle provides the broad spectrum of light at an intensity that penetrates the canopy strata and penetrates deeply into the leaf. The rest period following the flash allows the leaf’s chloroplast to process the photosynthesis reaction before the next flash. Additionally, the flash cycle allows the light to cool, producing less heat to the plants than LED or HPS lighting systems. This flash cycle happens about 70 times per minute.
Sunflecks occur naturally in the plant canopy. The PhotonFlux™ Strobe, simulates this natural phenomenon, because there are multiple fixtures operating at random in close proximity within the greenhouse, multiplying a sun fleck effect.
The PhotonFlux™ Strobe’s patented process does not use power between flashes. It only consumes wattage because during the “off” period, it stores the electric energy in a capacitor, which is used to flash the tube. Unlike other systems, it does not use a constant flow of power to run
The PhotonFlux™ Strobe should be placed 7-feet above the growing bed. The lens is designed to focus the light downward with a beam that reduces light pollution. The reflector from one fixture will cover a plant area 5’ X 8’ (40 sq. ft.) at 7-feet height above the bed. There is no need to raise or lower the fixture because of plant growth. One fixture will often replace two LED fixtures.
Based on 80% utilization of space 48 PhotonFlux™ lights would be needed. This would require 2–20-amp circuits each having 24 lights.

PhotonFlux™ Strobes are ideal for use with solar panels. FireFly-One™ provides solar kits for greenhouses. Example: Using a typical 30’ X 100’ grow house (as above), it would take 150 LED fixtures rated at 650 watts each or 48 PhotonFlux™ fixtures rated at 26 watts for the strobes, and an additional 22 watts for the optional LED task lighting for a total of 48 watts each. Utilizing 345 watt solar panels, it would require only 7 panels for the PhotonFlux™ lights, where it would require 283 panels for the LED grow lights. Then we would add panels to be able to light the house for 3 days off of batteries without sunlight, so we would have 20 panels for the PhotonFlux™ system, but over 800 for the LED system. Multiply this by how many grow houses an operation has, and it makes sense why the growers that have LED lights have to depend on the electric providers since they can’t afford, or give up land, for such a large array.

Note: By using PhotonFlux™ lights results in a much smaller carbon footprint due to the lower load requirements. Both the lighting and the solar systems each qualifies for many green-initiative programs with stimulus funding. Contact FireFly-One for more information.