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Randy

Two Fireflis Sets For Sale

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For Sale:

2 D-Light Designs Firefli Light Sets, complete with 2 power supplies, 2 controllers, 4 cable extenders (2 unused), and a USB to RS485 adapter for loading firmware and setting addresses. The controllers currently have firmware version 2.3 installed from last November and are addressed in legacy mode as Unit(s) 2, 3, 4 and 5, 6, 7.

You can learn more about this equipment by going to the manufacturer website:

http://www.d-light.us/index.php?Itemid=26&flypage=flypage-ask.tpl&option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&product_id=69

Everything was purchased brand new by me from D-Light and was used for 2 seasons. It all works, I'm just taking my display in a different direction and will not be needing these any longer. I just connected everything tonight to verify it is working and built a special sequence that I'll email to the buyer for testing purposes.

I am looking to sell everything listed / pictured to one buyer; if no one is interested then I'll consider breaking up items to sell separately.

Everything you see in the photo and listed above is included. Retail price for everything would be approximately $470 + shipping. I'm willing to sell everything at an all-in price of $325 including shipping to US addresses, packaging, and paypal fees. $325 to your door...

Please send me a PM if you're interested or have questions...

Full disclosure: You can read about this on various forums. My experience is that best Firefli performance on an LOR network is achieved by isolating them to a separate network. In some cases, Fireflis may not respond to rapid-fire on-off type commands, so you may need to simplify sequences or slow down transitions to get best performance. The new V2.3 firmware from last November helped to improve performance. These light strings and controllers have been tested and are working properly.

Here's your chance to increase your count of Firefli strings or start fresh and grab a starter setup for your display...

Thanks, Randy

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Just an experience from me with D-light Fireflies, they do work well with LOR. And I have been able to sequence some quick actions with them. They have no problem sequencing quick with Red, green or blue. But quick color changes is where you get stuck pixels. So far I have 2 songs out of 11 that I see semi regular pixels sticking. It's always the same part of the song doing the same thing. So if you do get into that problem you could program around it if it bothers you that much. But I can tell you that no one else will notice if one out of 16 lights is yellow instead of white for 1/10th of a second during your chase. You will only notice it because your going to spend 25hours playing with them.

If who ever buys them has any questions while setting them up feel free to ask me. I've worked through a handfull of issues I had at first with set up and can help.

I also have a how to on Vimeo here if you want to start with that!

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FWIW- there is a new "open" DMX firmware available on the d-light forums. It REALLY increases the performance, reliability, and configuration options of the Firefli. Check it out.

Sent via Tapatalk on iPhone - excuse the mizpelz!

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Payment has been made, so this equipment is now officially sold...

Thanks to everyone for your interest...

Randy

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