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    Christmas Display items for sale - LEDs and LORs


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    After several years in making so many children of all ages happy, I've decided to sell of my Christmas display items. If you search YouTube for “Hopperama”, you can review my videos showing most of items that we had in our display. MANY of the items are LEDs or LEDS added/attached (like the reindeers, angels and candles). In summary, we had about 60,000 total lights displayed in various items. In addition to the thousands of used lights, we also have extra new items in boxes that can be used to add to an existing display. Items are located in Roswell and if you have any sincere interest, please text me or call and leave me a message. I am available and can meet you anytime during the day or in the evening to show you the items. I usually do not answer the phone unless it is a number that I recognize. Thanks so much, Al Hopper, Cell 404-408-1024

    Here are the main areas that represent what I will be selling:

    Portable All-In-One Light-O-Rama Controller

    Multiple used yard items used for the display

    New and used light strings (used will be tested)

    Large wiring harnesses all from SPT2 cord

    Mega-tree: top, box for 2 controllers and 32 extension cords

    Main chassis   

                Rack mounted- 4 Sturdy 3" Steel Lockable Wheels

                Diamond plate on sides to protect interior parts

                Houses Computer, 100W Stereo, LOR Controllers

                17-Chauvet Power Panels w/integrated Channel lights

                Each unit has 8 light in front and 8 plugs in rear

                Each master unit has fan for improved cooling

                5-'Master' Light-o-Rama Controllers (16ea=80)

                2-'Slave' Light-O-Rama Controllers (16ea=32)

                3-Expansion slots for 24 additional channels

                Infinite expansion to "n" channels via network


                Rack mount laydown with power on/off reset

                ASUS Motherboard

                AMD A6-w/6 cores, 3500 MHz

                Radeon R5 Video interface

                8GB Ballistix memory (2-4GB DDR3)-1866MHz

                250 GB SSD Drive

                Hitachi 450MB hard drive (For Backup)

                CD Rom-16X

                Sound interface to FM transmitter

                LOR USB Connector &Voltage Booster

                Video console/keyboard/mouse

                Set fo 3 PC speakers with dial/volume

                3 Chassis fans for improved circulation


                Windows 10 w/latest updates installed

                Firefox 64-bit

                Roboform password security software **

                Light-O-Rama development software

                100's of Christmas Music MP3s/WAVs

                LOR Sequences for show-easily changed

                Videos LOR integrated with songs


                Panasonic Commercial LCD Video Projector PT-LB90NT

                Extemely clear,vivid video output @3500 Lumens

                80" x 36' High Quality Video screen (16x9)

                50' Video and power cable assembly


                100W Gem Sound Professional Amplifier

                Delivers crystal clear sound of MP3/WAV files

                Set of 2 Quality Outdoor Rock Speakers

    FM Transmitter          

                Select from a variety of channels


    3- Red LED Bows      $10.00

    Trike loaded with 200+ LEDs            $20.00

    Set of 3 boxes + 3D boxes      $20.00

    Stars with Rope lights $20.00

    3-Angels filled with LEDs     $20.00

    2 Large LED Hanging Icicles to hang            $25.00

    2-Small 3' Trees loaded with LEDs for porch entrance         $25.00

    2-Large Plastic Aliens (Roswell) that light up and glow       $25.00

    2 Large Deer - one animated with moving head        $35.00

    FM Radio Sign with Glass Front/Fancy Panel +2ch (200+) LEDs   $40.00

    2 Sets of 3 Candles stuffed with multiple sets of LEDs         $50.00

    1-set of 8-channel leeping lights         $50.00

    20+ Large Star LEDs to hang from trees        $50.00

    17.5' + (7'x2) Garage border assembly -550 red+green C7 LEDs     $60.00

    2-Breast Cancer Awareness w/350 Pink Globe LEDs           $100.00

    16 Reindeer with White and 70 LEDs           $100.00

    HUGE Outside Wreath w/Lit Candles C7 LEDs and Red LED Berries        $100.00

    8-8 Foot poles each with hundreds of multi-colored LEDs   $120.00

    Mega-tree: top, box for 2 controllers and 32 extension cords            $150.00




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    At this time, we are only selling the video projector along with the main Hopperama portable control unit. If I decide in the future to sell it separately, I will contact those that sent messages to me. Thanks so much.

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