Jay Perkins, Oklahoma light display: Tulsa man choreographs 25K lights to 8 songs in Christmas show

TULSA, OK - Hundreds of people are celebrating the holiday by checking out a musical light display in Oklahoma.

Creator Jay Perkins choreographed eight songs to 25,000 Christmas lights, including the popular song "What Does the Fox Say?"

Perkins said he started his behind-the-scenes work back in August. He put his first lights out the day after Halloween.

A video posted on Youtube has reached more than 200,000 views so far.

Watch the video embedded below. For mobile users: http://bit.ly/1jXBvgT


How do you set up a musical light display?  Jay said he types a phrase into an app and it breaks down the phonetics. Then he converts that into a software program he invented.

For every one minute of music, he spends six hours of work.

"I'm afraid my neighbors will burn my house down. I'm glad they're (spectators) coming by because the kids really enjoy the show, but I hate to burden my neighbors," said Perkins.

Neighbor Mary Beth Ravanesi said "this is the first night we've had any honking. The Perkins are great and people are pretty respectful. My kids love it, and friends love it when they come over. We enjoy it."

Jay said surprisingly his electrical bill only increased about $10-$15 a month. He credits the cost savings to LED lights and the fact the lights don't continually run, just flash.

He has up to 75 extension cords and 30 controller boxes managing the display's power.

"I saw this video back in 2005 of someone who did it. Since I'm an electrical engineer and a software guy, I thought  'hey, that makes it a little funnier," said Perkins.

Even more surprising, Jay said he had never heard the song, "What Does The Fox Say" before. He also wants to make sure that each spectator leaves his display with a holiday message.

"I ask people to do a random act of kindness. That's what Christmas is all about. This is my gift to them".

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