Lights display turns musical
TO SAY Lou Valloric gets into Christmas would be shortchanging him.
The Bellaire resident totally immerses himself into the holiday season.
Valloric has no peers when it comes to holiday decorating. His Indian Street residence is bedecked with 25,000 lights. The illumination extravaganza is only a part of his decorating fanaticism.
Valloric has gone holiday high tech. The 25,000 lights are choreographed with music.
If that is not enough, Valloric has established his own radio frequency. It may be picked up for a few blocks near his home, as 106.9 FM will enable you to listen to a 10-song program, lasting some 30 minutes, while viewing the light show.
All told, he has 30 different musical selections he rotates on a regular basis.
“This all started five years ago after I listened to some music by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. That was my inspiration,” said the semi-retired village worker. “Every year I add something new. Getting WOW lights from California was a real nice feature.
“The lights plug into a controller and a computer links the music with the lights. A program can make the lights do anything I want. We have a nice blend of music. I use 30 songs, mixing in Christmas, religious, instrumental and some others.”
Valloric, 62, keeps a rigid schedule each year.
“The lights and music go on Thanksgiving night and come down Jan. 1,” Valloric said. “The show starts every night at 5:30 and concludes at 10:30.”
Setting up such an extensive and sophisticated operation takes time and manpower.
“It takes at least one full weekend to get everything in place and operational,” Valloric noted. “My wife, (Sharon), son (Shawn) and my brother all pitch in. Rain or snow do not cause any problems with the lights or music.”
Somewhat surprising is that once he gets everything up and running, the electric costs are anything but prohibitive.
“My AEP bill usually goes up just $39 for the month,” Valloric said.
That is a small price to pay for a spectacle that has also gained some national limelight.
“We send a computer link to our relatives so they can see it each year. It was later sent to the Weather Channel,” Valloric said. “One morning we were had the television on and we saw our house all lit up on the Weather Channel. Anyone who wants to see it can still track it down on its website.”
Valloric’s holiday masterpiece has met with nary a complaint.
“I have never heard anything but positives and compliments. We have people stopping and taking in the lights almost every night,” Valloric said. “It’s nice knowing that it has been so well received.”
Valloric, however, may have become of victim of his own success.
“It may be tough to expand,” Valloric noted. “A lack of room is now the issue. We have may have reached the ceiling.”
Regardless of whether Valloric’s decorating has reached the saturation point or not, his yuletide work of art is something that will brighten everyone’s holidays.
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