75,000 Christmas lights on display at Durham house

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – One man has taken Christmas lights to a new level after synchronizing more than 75,000 lights to popular Christmas tunes at his parents’ house in Durham.

Photo courtesy of Diana Shoaf

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Michael Shoaf, 24, is a second-year graduate student in lighting design at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, his mother, Diana Shoaf, wrote to WNCN in an email. He graduated from East Carolina University with an undergraduate degree in lighting design and he’s used his skills over the years to set up an impressive light display at the house in Durham.

According to Diana, Michael has been decorating the family’s house since he was around 7 years old. She said Michael’s first word was “light” and not the typical “mom” or “dad.”

The house currently features more than 55,000 lights and 20,000 LED lights programmed to seven songs. Diana said that Michael set it up over his Thanksgiving break before he returned to school for finals. The display originally featured five songs, but he came back home on Dec. 12 and added even more lights and the final two songs.

The house is located at 3518 Donnigale Ave. in Durham and the family invites people to come by and watch the impressive light show from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For more information on the light display, check out Michael’s website.

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