The home of David and Roxanne Hanner, 1208 N. 15th Street,
features LED Christmas lights synchronized to holiday music.
Jeremy Gaston | Editor
OSAGE CITY—Recession motivated cutbacks may have encouraged
some to cut back on holiday lighting, and noticeably fewer
homes are decorated this year.
That isn’t the case at 1208 N. 15th Street, in Osage
David and Roxanne Hanner, Osage City, stepped up their Christmas
lighting with a musically synchronized display, a project
David has been working on for about a year.
“We bought the LEDs on clearance last year,” Roxanne
said. “He got the controller box online.”
The box, which can be purchased for around $100, came preprogrammed
with multiple Christmas songs and eight outlets, which blink
to the music.
“We played around with it until we got what we liked,”
The Hanners set up their display the weekend of Nov. 12-13,
and have been running it every evening.
“When we go to bed, we shut it off,” David said.
The shut off saves power, as does the conversion to LEDs,
which use around 10 percent of the power of traditional ligts.
David and Roxanne set up the display for their grandchildren,
many of whom live locally in Osage City and Topeka. The response
from neighbors has also been good.
“The younger girls like it the best,” Roxanne
said of the grandchildren. “We try to make their day.”
She anticipated it would be a project that would grow each
“I’m sure he’s not done,” Roxanne