YORK, Pa.—Caleb Linburg's hobby lights up the neighborhood for the holidays.

Caleb, 15, is presenting his fifth annual "Linburg Lights" display, which features more than 30,000 Christmas bulbs flashing on and off to the beat of holiday songs.

The display can be seen on his home at 1195 Hambletonian Way in Manchester Township.

People can hear the music by tuning to the 87.9 FM radio station.

They also can use a "jukebox" feature on their smartphones to select which of the songs they want to hear, Caleb said.


Caleb, a sophomore at Central York High School, uses a computer to operate the lights display.

"It's just something I like doing," he said. "It's my hobby. I do it so people can enjoy Christmas."

The teenager said he spent about two months setting up the light display with help from his parents, Joel and Tina Linburg, his brother, Jeb Linburg, 19, and his grandparents, Bill and Sheila Harkins of Dover Township.

Caleb also said he works throughout the year on the 10 songs he uses for the display.

Each song takes between 3 and 5 hours to sequence on the computer so that the display lights will match the songs' beats.

The display has 112 lights-beats combinations.


Caleb turned on the lights on Thanksgiving Day to start the display's Christmas show. The show runs until Christmas Day.

The display's New Year's show begins Thursday, Dec.


26, and continues through the end of Wednesday, Jan. 1. The New Year's show features popular music from the 1980s until now, he said.

Caleb said he and his family will need about two or three days to take down the display after "Linburg Lights" is done for the holiday season.

Caleb and his mother said the light show causes an increase of just a few dollars on the family's electric bill.

"My parents really like that part of the show," Caleb added.


The teenager has received recognition for his work.

Caleb was the winner in the 33-64 computerized channels category of the national Light-O-Rama Christmas 2012 video contest. The company is based in Hudson Falls, N.Y., according to its website at http://www.lightorama.com.

Caleb said he also hears positive remarks about his display from neighbors, both adults and youths.

"They comment about how they love it, how they enjoy it," he said. "I like seeing people's reactions. Some people dance outside on the street to the music.


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Information from: The York Dispatch, http://www.yorkdispatch.com