Leechburg Lights back for 11th season
Let there be light.
Leechburg Lights, the popular synchronized holiday music-and-light show, is open for the 2018-2019 season — its 11th.
This year ushers in many upgrades and a redesigned ground display, said Leechburg resident and show creator Clyde Lindsey.
Lindsey, 44, is a nationally recognized light “sequencer” and “lighter,” a person with the hobby of programming, building and designing holiday lighting displays.
“Electricity has always been interesting to me and, in sixth grade, my project for the science fair revolved around light switches and batteries. My sequencing career started in 2007.”
Lindsey grew up in Vandergrift but calls Leechburg home.
His YouTube channel has thousands of subscribers and he has produced more than 130 video tutorials on building holiday light displays.
Lindsey was hired to sequence several corporate sequencing jobs in Arizona, Ohio and Wisconsin, including sequencing “Illumination Symphony of Light,” the biggest drive-thru holiday light show in Phoenix, Ariz.
Lindsey works non-stop beginning in October prepping his home for the annual free show.
Experience Leechburg Lights from the comfort of your vehicle by tuning your car radio to 100.3 FM or park and walk around for an up close peek and chat up Lindsey, often seen outside directing traffic and fielding questions from visitors.
Look for new props such as singing trees and bulbs, new arches and additional roof top lighting that includes exploding pixel stars and a revamped show Lindsey said.
For Lindsey, giving back is a priority.
“You never know what everyone is going through but the idea that you can have an impact on people is incredibly rewarding. I couldn’t ever ask anyone to donate money. I don’t do this for money — I do it because I love it,” Lindsey said.
This year’s show features 15 new songs and more than 13,000 lights — all controlled from Lindsey’s laptop computer.
Visitors can enjoy more than 50 minutes of no-repeat music and two different playlists provide different music every other night.
Each bulb has the ability to display one of three colors: green, blue and red.
A typical song requires up to 40 hours of sequencing to match the music with all of the lights.
Songs featuring artists such as Elvis, Reba McEntire, Bruno Mars, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mariah Carey, Johnny Mathis, Martina McBride, Toby Mac and Justin Timberlake provide a variety of holiday songs suitable for all ages.
The always requested “Here We Go” Steelers song will be added to the playlist soon, Lindsey said.
And about that electric bill?
Thanks to the efficiency of LED technology, Lindsey said his weekly bill bumps up about $50 weekly during his Leechburg Lights season.
The biggest show expense?
“The pixel lights. For example, my mega tree has 1,600 pixels that cost about $450,” Lindsey said.
Leechburg mayor Wayne Dobos said the light show has brought increased notoriety to the borough.
“Leechburg Lights is on many people’s “must go” list because of the lights. It’s a very positive thing for “the jewel of the Valley,” Dobos said.
Borough resident Sherry Jackson Price has never met Lindsey, but had a message for him.
“I admire and appreciate all of the hard work and time he puts into this unique and wonderful attraction to Leechburg. The popularity is spreading, and I’ve noticed more and more “lookers” coming into town the last few seasons,” she said.
Joyce Hanz is a freelance writer.