Man lets internet control his home's Christmas lights

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An Ohio man is giving power to the people and letting the internet take control of his Christmas light display. (WLS)

An Ohio man is giving power to the people and letting the internet take control of his Christmas light display.

Grand parades of flashing light and perfectly choreographed Christmas cheer are all the craze this time of year. Holiday decorators rigging displays to blink in sync with Katy Perry, or even one of your favorite carols.

But one Christmas light enthusiast in Ohio is turning over the controls to his holiday display to anyone with an internet connection.

"It was wonderful for people driving by, but now people from all over the world can do the same thing," Tom Hammond said.

If you want to control his lights, head to ITwinkle.org. The website has nine lighting options for people to choose from. There is also a webcam, located in a tree on Hammond's property, that lets users see in real time the light display they chose.

Hammond is connecting thousands of Christmas lights to a website where just the touch of a button will set in motion any one of these pre-set animations. And next year, Hammond hopes to add music.
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