Monday, December 22, 2008

Festival of Lights Revisited

Last night, I put up a row of lights around the front window. I have two rows encircling it. One of the rows flashes. It took less than an hour to do the job. As I stood outside for a few minutes to watch the results, I was insufferably pleased with myself. Then I saw this.

The display featured in this video, was the work of Carson Williams, an electrical engineer from Mason, Ohio (north of Cincinnati). Williams spent about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that controlled the 16,000 Christmas lights in his annual holiday lighting spectacular (from Christmas 2004). His 2005 display shown here included over 25,000 lights that he spent nearly two months and $10,000 to hook up. So that the Williams' neighbors aren't disturbed by constant noise, viewers driving by the house are informed by signs to tune in to a signal broadcast over a low-power FM radio station to hear the musical accompaniment. The soundtrack is "Wizards in Winter" by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Williams' display was popular enough to be featured in a Miller Lite beer commercial in December 2005. Now I ask you, what can manifest the true spirit of Christmas better than that?

1 comment:

Eurasia Review said...

That is just incredible ... it also somehow reminds of that movie with Danny Devito "Deck the Halls" I think is what it's called