one Kodiak family turned their holiday light display into an action-packed
Crawley said he and his wife typically don't even hang Christmas lights, but
this year he saw a dancing light display online and wanted in on the action.
-- (Xmas lights 1 :10 "I
saw the technology ...look into it and try it.")
Crawley's festive experiment has turned into a holiday
hit, with visitors packing the otherwise quiet street of Otemloi Way nightly to see the show. The
house and surrounding yard are decorated with elaborate light displays which
hook up to a programming center controlled from inside the house. Crawley said he bought the programming software online
from a company called Light-o-Rama. The LED lights were purchased locally. Crawley estimates it has cost him about ten thousand
dollars to purchase and ship everything for the show.
-- (Xmas lights 2 :15 "We
build all the props ... when they come alive.")
alive they do. Thanks to a small FM radio transmitter, viewers can tune their
car radios to 88.9 FM and watch the lights dance to music Crawley broadcasts
from inside his home. Each song and dance is hand choreographed, or rather
programmed, by Crawley. He said it can take
him up to 12 hours to program one song.
starts each night around 6 p.m. and typically runs until 9:30 or 10 p.m. Last
night's show featured a new addition, four giant lit rings that add some extra
flavor to the tall Christmas trees and glowing stars.
display's growing attention, Crawley said the
neighbors don't seem to mind the crowds.
-- (Xmas lights 3 :19 "So
far the neighbors ... and then go from there.")
he doesn't estimate his electrical bill going up more than fifty dollars, but
even if it does, he says it's well worth it. He hopes to keep the show running
each night until the New Year.