Christmas lights display in Greenfield draws big crowd

CREATED Dec 25, 2012

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GREENFIELD - It is a home holiday lights display like no other. People are driving from all over the area to check out a house in Greenfield.

It's is Andy Ackmann's Christmas gift to everyone who stops by.  Stop at the side of the road... Tune your car radio to 92.7 FM, and enjoy the show.

It's a five-song, front yard light show that's winning rave reviews.

"I'd like my husband to do something like this.  This is great," said Ellen Pilak.

When night falls on 104th street in Greenfield, a steady stream of strangers park outside this house.

"It's pretty inspirational," Amy Sundby came from West Allis.

The man behind the magic, Andy Ackmann. 

"That's why we do it, to see everyone else enjoying it," said Andy.

So a lot of people ask, how does he do it?  There are more than 100 cords connecting the lights to a computer inside the home.  Then Andy writes a program that syncs the lights with the music.

"We have a little over 26-thousand lights and probably half a mile of extension cords."

"It will take anywhere from 10-14 hours to program one three-minute song here," Andy told us.

On his appropriately named website, he posted a examples of the relatively boring-looking computer sequences, hundreds of cues that create the show.

Running the spectacle for a month doubles the December electric bill and he too has that familiar, annoying Christmas light problem.

"Like every other day there seems to be a couple out, so we have to poke through all the bulbs and find out the one that's burned out."

This is actually Andy's parent's house.  His dad is right along side setting up each year's show.  Andy plans to leave up his lights through December 30th.