The Synchronous Fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountains and the Spright MOVE which creates these lighting effects all year long.

•August 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Now you can get your own Firefly like lighting effects with the new Spright MOVE Laser Starfield Projector which shoots thousands of tiny moving laser beams in a 160 degree radius for over 100′. Now you can reproduce the visual effect of having thousands of laser beams flying through your landscape any time you want it. These lighting effects are also very popular for Christmas displays and year round dazzling displays.

Here is a great story about the Fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Synchronous Fireflies

The firefly shuttles between Sugarlands Visitor Center and Elkmont will be running June 4-11, 2014. The reservation system at http://www.recreation.gov/tourParkDetail.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=72413 will open at 10:00 AM (Eastern Time) on April 30th.

Synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus) are one of at least 19 species of fireflies that live in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They are the only species in America whose individuals can synchronize their flashing light patterns.

Fireflies (also called lightning bugs) are beetles. They take from one to two years to mature from larvae, but will live as adults for only about 21 days. While in the larval stage, the insects feed on snails and smaller insects. Once they transform into their adult form, they do not eat.

Their light patterns are part of their mating display. Each species of firefly has a characteristic flash pattern that helps its male and female individuals recognize each other. Most species produce a greenish-yellow light; one species has a bluish light. The males fly and flash and the usually stationary females respond with a flash. Peak flashing for synchronous fireflies in the park is normally within a two-week period in late May to mid-June.

Synchronous fireflies produce light in their lanterns, the pale area of the abdomen visible on the underside of the insect above.

The production of light by living organisms is called bioluminescence. Fireflies are a good example of an organism that bioluminesces, but there are others as well, such as certain species of fungus, fish, shrimp, jellyfish, plankton, glowworms, gnats, snails, and springtails.

Bioluminescence involves highly efficient chemical reactions that result in the release of particles of light with little or no emission of heat. Fireflies combine the chemical luciferin and oxygen with the enzyme luciferase in their lanterns (part of their abdomens) to make light. The light produced is referred to as a “cold” light, with nearly 100% of the energy given off as light. In contrast, the energy produced by an incandescent light bulb is approximately 10% light and 90% heat.

No one is sure why the fireflies flash synchronously. Competition between males may be one reason: they all want to be the first to flash. Or perhaps if the males all flash together they have a better chance of being noticed, and the females can make better comparisons.

The fireflies do not always flash in unison. They may flash in waves across hillsides, and at other times will flash randomly. Synchrony occurs in short bursts that end with abrupt periods of darkness.

Timing of the Display
The mating season lasts for approximately two weeks each year. The dates that the fireflies begin to display varies from year to year-scientists haven’t figured out why, but it depends at least in part on temperature and soil moisture. It’s impossible to predict in advance exactly when the insects will begin flashing each year.

As the season begins, a few insects start flashing, then more join the display as the days pass. They reach a “peak” when the greatest number of insects are displaying. After peak, the numbers gradually decline each day until the mating season is over. Since 1993, this peak date has occurred at various times from the third week of May to the third week in June.

During the two week long mating season, the quality of individual nightly displays can be affected by environmental factors. On misty, drippy evenings following rainfall, the insects may not readily display. Cool temperatures, below 50º Fahrenheit, will also shut down the display for the night. Moon phase has been observed to affect the timing of nightly displays-on nights with a bright moon, the insects may begin flashing a bit later than usual.

Light Show Etiquette
Flashlights disrupt the fireflies and impair people’s night vision. The light show is best when you:

• Cover your flashlight with red or blue cellophane.
• Use your flashlight only when walking to your viewing spot.
• Point your flashlight at the ground.
• Turn off your flashlight when you find your viewing spot.

You can also help protect the fireflies and their habitat:

• Do not catch the fireflies.
• Stay on the trail at all times.
• Pack out all of your garbage.

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS REMOTE CONTROL for NEW 16 COLOR GARDEN ACCENT LIGHT

•July 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Watch this instructional video to see how you can use this remote control that comes with the BlissLights Garden Accent Light and some other energy efficient LED lights that we offer.

Change the look and mood of your outdoor décor with a click of a button! The low-voltage BlissLights Garden Accent Light has a higher standard than other flood lights in the market. The 16-color LED floodlight is perfect every day use, Holiday lighting effects, and a great complement to all BlissLights products.

The BlissLights Garden Accent Light comes with a transformer, stake and a remote that allows you to mix colors for up to 16 different variations of the rainbow. You can opt to have the light emit just one color (fixed), or a strobe, fade or even flash all 16 colors.

The Blisslights Garden Accent Light flood light emits about a 15’x15′ field and comes with a 12Volt -12W transformer. The Garden Accent Light can also be altered to wire into an existing 12Volt transformer system. The light with stake is 12 inches long with the round light only measuring 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches.

Sparkle Magic Laser Landscape Projectors in Green, Blue & Red

•July 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Sparkle Magic Illuminator Laser ProjectorThe INDOOR/OUTDOOR Sparkle Magic Illuminator Laser Projector will light up your backyard landscaping or an interior room with thousand’s of firefly lights. The INDOOR/OUTDOOR Sparkle Magic Illuminator Laser Projector comes in three exciting colors – Crimson Stars (Red), Emerald Dust (Green) and Indigo Twilight (Blue). It’s easy to set up, with multiple mounting options to go with it’s flexible stem such as a stake, various clamp sizes or a sturdy base.

The compact laser beams radiate from the lens at about an 80 degree angle. The Sparkle Magic Illuminator Laser Projector will cover approximately 25 feet by 25 feet. The further you move the Illuminator from your target, the wider spread. The Sparkle Magic Illuminator has an adjustable dial for seven different lighting effects. The Illuminator Laser light is great for weddings, holiday lighting, special occasions, or adding excitement to any landscape.

SparkleMagic_Illuminator__outdoor_350The Illuminator Laser Light comes with a power adapter with cord that plugs into any 110-volt wall outlet. The Sparkle Magic Illuminator is economical to operate, consuming less than .8 amps, less than 5 watts. Add sparkle and excitement to your indoor or outdoor environment in minutes with the INDOOR/OUTDOOR Sparkle Magic Illuminator Laser Projector!

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Spright MOVE Laser Starfield Projector now for use INDOORS with wall mounting flange or clip

•July 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Spright MOVE with moving laser beams is the latest creation from the BlissLights series of laser starfield projectors. The Spright series is now famous around the world for offering quick economical Christmas holiday displays. Now that the beams are moving at the same price as the original stationary version they are more popular than before. With new mounting options for placement on any level surface or screwing into walls or ceilings or even a spring clamp that holds onto a variety of mounting surfaces, the Spright MOVE can go anywhere.
This video focuses on the indoor options that were never before realized. You can find this projector for purchase and other photos and videos of outdoor installations by going to our web site here.
You can also email us at Shop@LasersandLights.com

The reason Red and Blue lasers are not as visible as Green! Planning your BlissLights Spright Landscape laser display

•July 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

 

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USE GREEN LASERS FOR DISPLAY FIRST THEN ADD BLUE OR RED FOR ACCENT -
Here is the reason Red and Blue lasers are not as visible as Green. Notice how Green, which is 532 nanometers (nm), is right in the middle of our visible spectrum of light. Blue is 445 nm approaching ultraviolet or “blacklight” and red is 660 nm approaching infrared which are not visible to our eyes. As a matter of fact, the RED & BLUE lasers we sell are more powerful than the green but they are still less visible because our eyes don’t receive that wavelength as well. 

PROJECT LASERS ONTO WHITE OR LIGHTER COLORED SURFACES WHENEVER POSSIBLE -
Realize that the light that our eyes see is the light that bounces off of surfaces back into our eyes. Like a movie screen, the most saturated colors come from projecting onto a bright white surface. When you shine your BlissLights Spright landscape laser into your yard, keep in mind that the white shed, birch tree bark, concrete pathways and lighter shade leaves will all show more lasers beams and brighter colors than the dark green leaves. When you are planning your Spright Landscape Laser Starfield Lighting array keep this in mind.

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WHY DON’T YOU MAKE A WHITE LASER? – We also get many requests for a white laser product and must point out that lasers are nothing like light bulbs, where they originate as white and a lens is placed over them to create different colors. A white laser is a combination of all of the other colors so it would take a red, green and blue laser to create a white laser. They do exist but they are extremely expensive and complex. You can see how white light going into a prism breaks it down into all the colors of the rainbow in this photo. Imagine reversing that process where you condense the primary colors, red, green and blue, to get white light. 

 

 

 

 

Red, Green & Blue Spright laser starfield projectors with moving beams

•July 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Now the Spright MOVE has moving laser starfields in GREEN & BLUE for only $199 @!
Watch this video to see the Green & Blue Spright MOVE projectors and a Red Sparkle Magic projector starting at $129 shining into snow on a deck as it is falling. You will get sparkling diamond like effects as rain or snow crosses the laser beams.
Here are a variety of photos showing the many indoor and outdoor mounting options and lighting effects that result. At the bottom we also show our new “LED Garden Accent Light” with 16 different colors and remote control functions for only $69. These projectors are frequently used together for the ultimate in landscape lighting effects for any event or every evening. These projectors use less than 30 watts each for enormous results for low cost. ~spright MOVE on railing (3) ~white spright wall mount (12)  ~5-26 MOVE indoors (6) Awaken2013RainingLazersGreenWeb (1) 485615_10151521706462795_1335273899_n Green and Blue Sprights showered in lasers DSC_0186_350 garden-accent-light_300The BlissLights Garden Accent Light uses low energy LED lights for 16 colors, strobing, fading sequences or single colors by remote control. Like the photo above where the garden wall has blue LED light from the Garden Accent light mixed in with green laser beams from the Spright MOVE. GAL_remote_300

BlissLights “Spright & Spright MOVE” Laser Projectors specifications and installation information

•June 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Here is more in depth information for installing the BlissLights Spright and Spright MOVE Laser Starfield Projectors:

PLANNING VIDEO Watch our video showing suggestions and details to consider installing the Spright or Spright MOVE.

PHOTO GALLERY See a variety of photos of Spright landscape lighting effects.

PLANNING GUIDE - Download our planning guide for preparations and ordering of landscape lasers.

SECURITY Learn this method of securing Sprights to reduce the risk of theft.

INSTALLATION WIRING - The Spright cord coming from the transformer is about six feet in length which is somewhat short of what you may need so you might consider extension cords or low voltage landscape wire to reach your ideal locations. LasersandLights.com offers outdoor low voltage cord and waterproof connectors. You can also place your Spright laser projector on a Light Sensing Transformer or a timer that turns on at dark and turns off after 2, 4, 6, or 8 hours, or at dawn.
Click here for Low Voltage Landscape Wire
Click here for waterproof wire connectors
Click here for Clip on wire connectors

220 VOLT EUROPEAN VOLTAGE – See here for 220V transformer if needed!

SAFETY – The Bliss Light Spright is guaranteed to be absolutely safe from potential eye damage with the laser beams falling below strict CDRH/FDA safety limits of 5mw per beam.

BRIGHTNESS - Blue and Red lasers are not as bright and sharply visible as green. Blue & Red laser beams will show up more clearly on white or light surfaces but will never show as many beams as clearly as the green models.

SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES - Please Follow us on Facebook , BLOGTwitter and You Tube to stay current with products and updates!

Features:

  • Easy to install stake mounted fixture with wall mounting flange and spring CLIP options
  • Durable aluminum construction with black powder coated finish
  • Patent-pending holographic laser technology
  • Maintenance Free
  • Warranty One Year & serviceable by the factory beyond warranty period
  • Built in the USA! Some metal parts come from elsewhere but assembly is all in the USA.

Specifications:

  • LASER CLASSIFICATION Class 3r
  • Maximum Beamlet Power Less than 5 mw
  • Color 445nm Blue/Violet, Green 532nm, Red 665nm
  • Beams are stationary except on Spright MOVE
  • Laser MTBF expected lifetime = More than 7,000 hours
  • Power Consumption: 65ºF – 90ºF, 3 watts | -15º F to 64º 8 watts
  • Power Input 12 Volt AC from 110 AC source (transformer included)
  • Optional outdoor light sensitive transformer for $70
  • Operating Temperature -15º F to 90º F
  • Projection Coverage 160 degree wide spread from lens with beams visible over 100 feet
  • Dimensions 4”W x 16”H x 6”L

CLICK HERE FOR INSTALLATION SUGGESTIONS & OPERATION MANUAL INCLUDING TIMER AND TRANSFORMER OPTIONS 

MOUNTING FLANGE - Add this low cost mounting flange to easily mount your Spright Projector indoors or outdoors when the stake is removed. This little flange can make a clean mounting by screwing the flange into any surface. Since lasers are always best mounted overhead this gives these units versatility that they never had before. It can also be a stable bracket for temporary placement on any flat surface.

Add the BlissLights Clip to mount the BlissLights Spright onto any surface that can be clamped such as a table end, door, post, tree branch, roof, fence, etc.

BATTERY POWER OPTION – For those planning to run laser lights away from an AC power connection, an ac power generator or an inverter that delivers a pure Sine Wave is required, not a quasi sine wave or modified sine wave.
See True Sine Wave Inverters HERE that run off of a cigarette lighter for use in remote locations. Model PST-15S-12A 150 Watt/surge to 300 Watt.

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