Why aren't Firefly Magic® Firefly
Lights made in the USA?
Be sure the 'Firefly' Cluster Plug(s) are firmly pressed all the way into
the jacks on the bottom side of the Solar Panel assembly. If the plugs
are completely in, just twist them back and forth a few times to help the
Be sure the ON-OFF Switch located on the bottom side of the Solar Panel
assembly is set to the ON position. When new, sometimes it take sliding
the switch back and forth a few times between the ON and OFF positions
to get the contacts aligned.
Sometimes, during shipping, the batteries move inside the battery compartment.
To be sure the contacts are good, open the battery compartment door,
then press the batteries into position. Next, while leaving them in
place, just spin each battery a couple times to be sure the battery
ends are making good connection with the terminals inside the battery
Be sure the batteries are correctly installed with the positive terminal
(+) toward the small metal square - NOT THE SPRING.
Also, be sure that the spring is pressed straight against the Negative
If you have just setup your 'Fireflies' for the first time, it's possible
the rechargeable batteries are not fully charged. To be sure the unit
is working properly, install two standard AA alkaline batteries, then
turn the ON-OFF switch to the ON position while watching the 'Fireflies'.
If all the 'Fireflies' light up and then flicker and fade off, the
unit is working correctly.
Reinstall the rechargeable batteries, and place
the Solar Panel Assembly in a outdoor location where
it will receive direct sunlight for at least 1 full
day. Be sure the ON - OFF switch is set to the OFF
position which allows ALL the electricity from the
solar panel to go into the rechargeable batteries.
If the 'Fireflies' still don't light when the two new standard AA Alkaline
batteries are installed and the switch is in the ON position, please
carefully recheck the above steps #1-3. If they still do not work,
see ADDITIONAL HELP and SUPPORT Section below.
When we invented Firefly Magic® Firefly
Lights, and received the patent for their new and
unique operation, we also began manufacturing them
in Apple Valley, California. Sales on our Website increased,
and we began receiving calls from retail stores
wanting to carry them. Unfortunately, due to the
high cost of labor and manufacturing we were unable
to meet production demand.
Another issue was placing all those little 'Firefly'
LEDs on the ends of their own individual wires.
This must be performed by hand, as soldering these
tiny little connections just can't be automated
and so there's lots and lots of labor involved
. . . over 60 individual, tiny, hand soldered
connections on the FMS-14 unit.
To offer Firefly Magic® Firefly
Lights to a larger number of consumers could only
be accomplished by moving production off-shore.
However, all the designs, tooling, manufacturing,
and quality standards are controlled by us and
certified by SGS Group.
We also continue to design and manufacture our
custom Firefly Magic® units in Apple
Valley for theme parks, nature centers, zoos, restaurants,
and other commercial venues around the world.