Some questions that we always get asked.
Q. How long have you been programming music to sync with your Christmas lights?
A. 2012 was the first year that we put the Christmas lights to music however at the time we lived in Lawton, Oklahoma. We were called “Lawton Lights” then. In 2016 we moved our show to Syracuse, Utah. We called our show “Eccles Family Light Show. At the end of the 2019 season, we were having a lot of issues with our hardware, and we informed everyone that 2019 was the last year for the show. After doing a lot of research and buying all-new controllers, lights, and resequencing everything with new software, we then announced that our show is back and now called “Syracuse Lights”.
Q. What is your electric bill like during the month of December?
A. Prior to 2020, our light show was about 75% LED and so our bill was about $25 more than average. With our new 2020 show, we saw an increase of $30 a month.
Q. When do you start decorating for Christmas?
A. We start setting up for the Halloween show on October 1st and then the Christmas show on November 2nd. Although it seems too early, I can assure you it is not. Each year we are adding more and making sure that everything is perfect, which requires a lot of time.
Q. How long does it take to set up the display?
The Halloween display takes about 7-14 days to set up, and the Christmas display takes about 14-21 days. Once the display is set up then testing begins, making sure everything is ready for the “Christmas Open House” on Thanksgiving Night. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Q. Do you do this for a living?
A. No. Everyone seems to think that. We’ve just seen a lot of the “light shows” on youtube and thought, “We could do that”, so here we are.
Q. Why do you do this?
A. It’s so much fun to see the kid’s faces light up, to help bring joy to others.
Q. Would you help me do this?
A. Absolutely!! While we do not set up other shows, we will guide you and help with ideas and software.
Q. Aren’t you worried about vandals?
Yes, but we have a dozen security cameras that cover the whole yard and signs to inform people that there are cameras. Hopefully, this will deter vandals.