Once a year one man’s dream lights up the neighborhood


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – When people drive by Louie Cortez’ house, they get much more than just something to look at, they get a show.

All the lights at his house are set to music that match the beat.

It’s an idea Cortez found while searching on Youtube years ago, “I’d see this one house that always did it and I always thought it would be cool to do it one day.”

That dream is now a reality. Anyone who drives by Cortez’ house can turn their radio in their car to 102.3 FM can watch and listen without ever leaving their car.

Cortez explained how this is all possible, “So I have a FM transmitter in the garage and an antenna outside.”

There’s also a computer system in his garage that helps program the lights to the music. He then monitors his work through multiple surveillance cameras.

Evidence he’s invested a good chunk of change into his display,”It’s close to about $5,000 dollars,” Cortez said. “That’s just within the last three years that I’ve pretty much spent on this show.”

While his wallet has taken a hit, surprisingly his energy bill hasn’t, “It’s about $15 more because they’re all LED lights so we don’t even notice it in the bill at all.”

For those who stop by to see the show, you’ll need to put it in park for awhile, it takes about 30 to 40 minutes to run through the whole show.

With all types of music, it’s one the whole family can enjoy, especially kids, “That’s what I really do this for, because its something that the kids are going to remember and something that they’re going to enjoy,” Cortez said.

Consider it an early Christmas present from Cortez.

Cortez said he will leave his light display up until the first week of January. This is the address, 3919 SE 30th Terrace, Topeka, Kansas.The lights turn on at 6:00 p.m. and turn off at 10:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and on Friday and Saturday the lights stay on until 11:00 p.m. Make sure to like Cortez’ Facebook page by clicking HERE.

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