Epic light display is also interactive

December 24, 2013 • Local News

(Shawn Naranjo Photo)

On Stephens Circle, Christmas lights dance to seasonal music.

Clark Griswold would be fuming with jealousy if he saw this.

The home of the Naranjo family is not only lit like a Roman candle, but the 13,000 LED lights on display blink in unison with music broadcast from an FM transmitter within the house.

Tune the radio to 102.1 FM and [auth] drive by 304 Stephens Circle for a treat of spiral trees, arches, bushes and rooftop edges flashing to classic seasonal tunes including “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Exhibition mastermind Shawn Naranjo, 45, said he concocted the computerized arrangement about four years ago after seeing a viral video of a Utah man’s Christmas lights dancing to music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

“I just thought it would be kind of neat to bring it to the people around here,” Naranjo said.

Naranjo first decorated the house in 1999 with 1,500 lights and no music. He has bedecked the residence a little more each year since then.

Unlike the neighbors of the Griswold family in the 1989 Christmas film classic “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Naranjo said his neighbors have not complained about his home’s dramatic flourish.

Many compliment him on the display, he said. He said acquaintances have contacted him to learn how they can rig a similar production.

Naranjo buys the equipment necessary for making the lights blink in rhythm from Light-O-Rama and purchased his radio transmitter off eBay.

“I’ve always loved Christmas lights,” he said.

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