When old, boring Christmas lights just won’t do

Technology has pushed home holiday decorations to new heights. Through the use of computers, dimmers, controllers, amplifiers and software, the term “deck the halls” has taken on a whole new meaning.

These light displays are synched with music, and some are capable of transmitting an AM or FM radio signal so that music from the display can be heard in the cars of those driving by.

These displays take months to put together and contain tens of thousands (sometime hundreds of thousands) of lights. In years past, such displays could cost a homeowner thousands of dollars in electric costs. With the newer, lower-energy LED lights, the electric cost is lower and more lights can be added.

Here are some examples of some spectacular displays:

Carson Williams of Consar Lights in Mason, Ohio, posted a YouTube video of his synchronized light display, and it went viral. His display ended up being featured in a Miller Lite commercial with Miller instructing viewers to “Enjoy the Lights.” The display is synchronized to “Wizards in Winter” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Richard Holdman of Holdman Christmas in Pleasant Grove, Utah, had been putting up his display for five years when his homeowner’s association instituted restrictions on the number of lights and the traffic volume permitted in his community. So he moved his 2011 display to the Valley Fair Mall in Salt Lake City. This is an example of last year’s display, synchronized to “Amazing Grace” by Yule:

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This display from Lauderdale Christmas contains 65,000 lights — all of them LED. It is synched to “All I want For Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey:

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Then there’s this display by Listen to Our Lights from Round Rock, Texas, is synched to Bing Crosby’s version of “Let it Snow”:

[youtube[youtube_sc url=”http://youtu.be/MoYLFtVOTD4" height=”315" autohide=”1"]Want to deck your halls? An online magazine, Planet Christmas, is dedicated to holiday décor enthusiasts and has a list of vendors that sell all the gear you’d need.

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