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Let there be light

Clay man tunes light display to music

The display includes more than 20,000 lights. The Christmas trees and bulbs in the trees are all homemade and the sequence the lights take as music is playing is all hand-programmed.

The display includes more than 20,000 lights. The Christmas trees and bulbs in the trees are all homemade and the sequence the lights take as music is playing is all hand-programmed. Photo by Amanda Seef.

— He and his family began stringing the lights in August, and began assembling the display in the yard Halloween weekend. The display is nearly all homemade, including the 15-foot spiral tree with 10,000 lights alone, in white, green, blue and red. Five mini Christmas trees are made of upside down tomato cages, and light balls in the front yard tree are made from clear plastic cups.

“I go for quality instead of quantity based on my budget,” he said. The sequences are all handmade, as well. With more than a half-mile of extension cords, and 48 channels to set the lights, there’s a bit of technical work involved. Hussak’s career as a cable product manager helps, he said.

“But it’s not just the technical part,” he said. “It’s the artistic part, too. It helps to have a musical ear, too. My sequences work to tell a story, not just blinking. But to have a visual story.”

The display will grow, but should be ready by Thanksgiving night. The lights will run in 15-minute intervals until the day after New Year’s.

“We’re just trying to bring some light into a dark world,” he said.

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Amanda Seef is an editor/reporter for Eagle Newspapers. Reach her at aseef@eaglenewsonline.com.

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