Teen lights up house to musical backdrop

LIBBY WILSON
Last updated 05:00 23/12/2013
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CHRIS HILLOCK/Fairfax NZ

Flashlight: Mohis Chand, 17, spent hours programming the Christmas lights at his Baverstock Road house to change in sync with music.

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The light display down Baverstock Rd isn't one to just drive by - it's worth stopping the car and rolling down the windows.

Because those flashing Christmas lights are synced to a series of songs, and a 17-year-old is behind it all.

Mohis Chand, a Hamilton Boys' High School student, put hours into programming the lights to eight songs - including Hey Brother by Avicii, Katy's Perry's Roar, and Everybody by Justice Crew.

Each song required around four hours' work, which he fitted into his free time.

"It took me around two weeks for the total eight," he said.

And seeing it all come together was a proud moment.

"[Programming] is not really the same as actually watching it live," he said.

"Once you programme it, it's a bit different when you go out and see it, you get really amazed."

Strings of lights on the fence and sections of the house flash in time to the beat - pink, green, yellow - with a Christmas star atop the roof periodically illuminated for emphasis.

"I was interested in Christmas lights and I was just looking at international houses around the world . . . and I sort of got the idea and I started researching it," he said.

Mohis' father Ramesh wasn't hard to convince when his son came to him with a suggestion to add a little extra to their Christmas display.

"I said ‘OK, do it'."

And it has generated plenty of interest.

"All evening, people just keep driving [past] and sometimes they stop and listen to the music," said Mr Chand.

The display is also second most popular on the Light Up Christmas site with 985 "Xmas loves".

To see displays around New Zealand, or give Mohis' display more Christmas love, visit lightupchristmas.co.nz

The sound and light display can be seen for real at 133 Baverstock Rd, Rotokauri, until January.

libby.wilson@fairfaxmedia.co.nz

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