About Noblesville Lights
Our display started simply when we moved to our Noblesville, IN house in 2003. It started as a static display with a little more than 1000 lights total running off of one outlet on the front porch (tripping the circuit regularly). We had been decorating our house for many years, but our musical light shows (and the escalating number of lights) started in 2005 during a Christmas lighting competition in our neighborhood (Long story…)
We currently have just over 30,000 lights (Which is over the fabled “Griswold” barrier of 25,000) synchronized to music playing over FM radio frequency. We maintain this number of lights while adding a few elements here and there each year. The amount of space in our front yard prohibits us from expanding much more. We expanded our electrical capability to support up to 100 amps of lights at any one time (We currently run about 80-90 amps if they are all on at the same time!).
Almost all of our display is controlled by a computer, supported by other computers, and a network of control boards, controlling hundreds of individual channels. That’s a whole lot of blinky goodness! This allows us to coordinate the lights blinking, dimming, and fading or the lights in synchronization with lots of our favorite Christmas music.
The music is transmitted over a low-power (legal) FM radio broadcast. Visitors can drive by, tune their car radio to our FM frequency and enjoy the show without bothering our neighbors too much.
We have a lot of people drive by the display every year and expect even more traffic this year as the word continues to get out more. So, if you want a less crowded time to view, try early in the season, during weeknights, or after 8:30 PM most nights (almost no one stays after 9:30 on Friday and Saturday night).
To make an environment that can be enjoyed by all ages, and be enjoyed as a family during the best holiday season.
Aunt Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark?
Clark Griswold: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.