USE IN SHADE
Firefly Magic® Firefly Lights are designed to need
for approximately 2-3 hours of direct sunlight to directly
land on the solar panel each day (average).
Through the year, as the sun's location in the sky
changes (seasonal changes), sometimes
in the yard becomes a shady location . If this happens,
it is still possible the solar panel will collect enough
to keep the rechargeable batteries charged.
Because of our unique patented design, the 'Fireflies'
can actually continue operating for several days with
a very minimal amount of sunlight striking the laminated
high efficiency solar panel.
However, if the fireflies begin to get dim,
or stop working, it means the batteries are not receiving
charge from the solar panel, due to insufficient sunlight
striking the panel .
There are two solutions for this problem:
1) Relocate to Solar Panel Assembly to a location where
it will receive the 2 -3 hours of direct sunlight directly
on the solar panel each day.
2) If it is not possible to place the Solar
Panel where it will receive direct sunlight, then convert
the unit to a standard battery operated device. You can
easily do this by removing the two rechargeable AA batteries
and replace them with
two standard AA heavy
duty Alkaline batteries.
The AA Alkaline batteries will supply enough energy
to operate the Model FMS-14 unit continuously for approximately
4 weeks, and the FMS-7 unit for approximately 6 weeks.
When the 'Fireflies' begin to get dim, immediately install
new batteries to eliminate damage to the unit.
- WHEN USING STANDARD AA ALKALINE BATTERIES, BE SURE
TO COVER THE SOLAR PANEL SO SUNLIGHT WILL NOT TRY
TO CHARGE THE ALKALINE BATTERIES.
-NEVER LEAVE DEAD ALKALINE BATTERIES IN THE UNIT
AS THEY WILL DEGRADE AND POSSIBLY LEAK ACID, CAUSING
PERMANENT DAMAGE NOT COVERED BY WARRANTY.
Firefly Magic® Firefly Lights are designed for year
around outdoor entertainment in temperatures from 5°F
to 120°F (-15C to +50C).
However, in harsh winter climates it is recommended
that the 'Fireflies' be brought indoors to reduce the
possibility of damage. This is because extremely low
temperatures can cause plastic and plastic covered wire
brittle and break. In addition, low temperatures can
significantly shorten rechargeable battery life.
check out the BATTERY
INFORMATION section to learn about both Ni-Cd (Nickel
Cadmium) and Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride) rechargeable
batteries to learn the advantages and disadvantages
of each type.