Seasoned residential light show programmer and self-confessed Clark Griswold worshipper John Storms is to blame/thank for this. As of late November when the display went live, Storms had only been living in his suburban Austin, Texas home for only a couple of months. Way to introduce yourself to your new neighbors.
From the sounds of it, there haven’t been any neighborly revolts or HOA uprisings resulting from Storms' Christmas light spectacle as of yet. No subdivision Scrooges have completely freaked out. Maybe they've just been placated by the fact that Storms hasn't limited himself to "Gangnam Style" (and the "Angry Birds" music which, I must say, is borderline sadistic). You see, the exterior of his home also performs to the soothing Bing Crosby yuletide standards like "Let it Snow" and "Mele Kalikimaka."
And as for the resulting electric bills? They’re actually not too shabby given that Storms, like many folks who are into festooning their homes with thousands of lights synchronized to "dance" to grating pop songs, has stopped using incandescent bulbs in favor of LEDs. According to local TV station KXAN, it’s anticipated that Storms' light shows will bump his December electric bill up a mere $15. In the pre-LED years, Storms' electric bills were hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. “All our lights we have are LED so they just sip on electricity," says Storms.
I’ve embedded Mr. Storms’ latest handiwork directly below.
“The prospect of such large numbers in a very small street over a number of weeks is simply unmanageable. There is also a very real safety risk, in particular to young children,” Illman told the Herald Sun.
This is crazy, indeed.
Essentially, Illman, Storms, and the rest of the holiday light show-ers are Christmas model train set erectors for Generation YouTube. Programmed LED light displays give clever and well-intentioned geeks something to tinker with for hours on end in the moths leading up to the holidays. And come December, they have a finished product, a true labor of love, to show off in the name of holiday spirit-lifting. Ain't nothing wrong with that. But really, would you want to live near a home that's lit up like Times Square?
Video screenshot: YouTube/listentoourlights
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