The panel on these looks the same as the panel that came on the first set of fairy lights I got from you in 2008. They lasted until 2014 but the Everbrights I got from you last year died within 9 months. Will these perform more like your first gen lights which were a lot better than your second gen ones?
By Bob Tilmore on Mar 27, 2015
Many thanks for your question Bob. The short answer is yes. We've taken the best bits of our first generation fairy lights and second generation Everbright USB lights, removed all the problems and the result is Lumify. Our first generation lights were brilliant, but as you may remember the battery pack was non-standard which caused a few problems. We also found that when customers accessed the battery pack to change the battery the waterproofing was compromised when the control box was screwed back together by the customer. Lumify deals with all those points. The battery is a Lithium Ion 18650 which are widely available. To change it you just unscrew the cap on the control tube, flick the battery compartment lid with your thumb, swap the battery and screw the tube cap back on which takes around 10 seconds. We based the tube design on a plastic bottle and that is precisely the sort of waterproofing you will get! The other issue with both our first and second generation lights was that they both used a click button so you never knew if the lights were set to on or off by looking at the switch. Lumify has a 3 way slide switch which has S for standard mode, P for Powersaivng mode and off for well, off. Lumify also has the USB charge port which we pioneered on our Everbright USB lights and we've added Powersaving technology which wasn't a feature on either of the previous sets. If you liked our first generation lights, as so many customers did, you will love Lumify!
I'm sorry you had problems with your second generation Everbright set. The vast majority were fine, but if we're being honest, these never quite lived up to the standard set by our first generation lights owing to problems with the factory we were working with at the time. Initially we had issues with the AA batteries we were using and we also had issues with the LED strings. It was also a bit of a faff to replace the batteries with the bung and the screw base design we were using. All these issues have been resolved by Lumify.