One Austin man's love for Christmas lights is brightening up the holiday for millions. Christmas just wouldn't be the same without lights at John Storms' house. For some it's a holiday tradition but for Storms, it's a hobby.
"I enjoy putting up lights and sequencing them to Christmas music," explained Storms from inside mission control also known as the garage. It's where the Light-o-Rama S3 is connected to a small laptop and a radio transmitter which runs the entire show.
Storms says if you can run a spreadsheet you can sequence a light show. "Every snowflake and tree runs on a unique channel," Storms said about his set up which has room to grow.
Thousands of LEDs twinkle atop the roof, so many he's lost count. "Since Clark Griswold had 25,000 lights we say we have 25,000 lights on our house. It is considerably more than that but I don't want to step on the master," Storms said.
It just so happens that National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is his favorite holiday movie.
He's programmed countless Christmas carols and this year decided to do something a little bit different. Gangnam Style. It took about two hours at the computer and his house was ready to dance to what is one of the most popular videos on YouTube, approaching 1 billion hits.
"It went crazy," Storms said. "We're a little scared. We like our neighbors so we stopped doing the lights to music for the public because we didn't want it to get out of control."
If the Storms lived in the middle of nowhere they would still put up Christmas lights. "My kids are unimpressed. Whatever your parents do is not cool," he said. Millions of people are impressed and chances are Clark Griswold would be too.
The show is very green and efficient. Storms spends about $15 to run the show during the holidays. Out of respect for his neighbors, he doesn't give out his address.