33,000 Lights In Underwood

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

We've been getting a lot of messages about holiday lights in the heartland. But in this story we takes you to a house in Underwood, Iowa who's light show rivals many of the ones in Omaha. It’s synced to music but what makes it newsworthy is the man behind the design and programming.

“I've always enjoyed Christmas. I always get in the spirit of Christmas. This is what I’ve wound up with so far,” said Bob Walker.

This is the fifth year Walker's light display off Juniper road in Underwood is drawing attention.

17 minutes of holiday lights, synchronized to music. Walker started designing this year’s display back in March.

“Most of them come on the weekends and then Christmas Eve there's a lot of people that come,” Walker said.

“There's a 1000 lights on this bush, this three here there's 6,500. Then each one of the ornaments down there there's 500 to 500 lights depending on which one,” said Walker.

He says there are 33,000 lights total, 2,500 feet of extension cords but not much more for his electric bill.

“It's only about $25 more a month,” said Walker.

He uses his computer to program each and every blink from these led lights.

“A lot of these you lights you can blink them off and on, 1/100th of a second. They are instant on, instant off,” said Walker.

But the display provides an instant opportunity to spread holiday cheer.

“I don’t' take vacations, I don't buy news cars, I don't do anything that costs money. This is what I do, this is what I enjoy,” said Walker.

You can catch the display for yourself until Christmas night. He starts the lights at about 6:00 pm and runs them through 10:00 pm. You can find his house by taking Railroad Highway towards Underwood, Iowa. Turn left on 240th street and then right on Juniper road.


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