What a bright idea! A local man lets you control his Christmas light show

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We have all seen those Christmas light shows that are so mesmerizing to watch. Now, a local man has come up with a great way to let people program his home light show-- from anywhere around the world!

Tom Hammond, who works for the University of Akron, has been working on the programming and the hardware for the light show for about 4 years. A friend in Australia helped him brainstorm the idea.

It uses simple hardware which, he says, is easily and affordably available. Simply put, the colors and the effects of the light show outside of his home in Doylestown, Ohio, can be programmed by anyone from anywhere and viewed online.

"The website actually shows where everybody is coming from and I have had people from France and Denver, Colorado, and China and Russia, theĀ Netherlands. The first day I tried this I put one little message on Facebook and I had 800 people changing the lights in one evening which is a little bit crazy but a lot of fun."

Hammond's light show is able to be programmed between 5 p.m. and midnight every day until January 7.

**The lights can be viewed and controlled at THIS LINK**