SLT neighborhood to light up like no other

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:14 AM

“This is the largest upgrade the show has ever had,” said show creator Brad Boyink, who first fired up the annual synchronized light and music show in the neighborhood off West Spring Lake Road in 2006. “I filled in some of the areas I felt needed more attention. This year, the display is everything I ever imagined it would be.”

Boyink said he has confirmed with a national holiday light show group — Planet Christmas — that his Holiday Road is the most technologically advanced private show in the country.

Holiday Road contains more than 300,000 lights — up from 240,000 last year.

Boyink said RGB pixel lighting lines the show’s anchor homes, with the capability of 16 million individually controlled color options. In RGB technology, the colors red, green and blue are added together to form a wide array of colors, he said.

All of the homes in the neighborhood will be aglow, with 13 synchronized to a four-song soundtrack.

But all was not well in the past.

Spring Lake Township officials called for a neighborhood vote in February after several neighbors expressed traffic and safety concerns with the light show. More than 85 percent of neighbors within a mile radius of Boyink’s home said they wanted the show to continue.

“The neighborhood has mended,” Boyink said of the past controversy surrounding the show. “Time heals all wounds. We are moving forward.”

The show will run from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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