South Hills home really rocks around the tree
The elaborate Christmas light display at the South Hills home of siblings Hunter and Natalie Luppold has grown to include a 30-foot tree made of 12,000 twinkling lights and an 18-foot inflatable Santa Claus. The siblings, originally from Princeton, hope people who enjoy the display will make donations for breast cancer research.
Hunter Luppold, 25, spent two weeks building the control box for his giant tree-shaped display. As an electronics buff, he enjoyed the challenge. The waterproof box controls 6,600 white lights and 5,400 colored ones.
Hunter Luppold's lighted tree grew from 10 feet last year to 30 feet this year. The tree, with a 20-foot colored display inside the larger white one, is the focal point of the festive residence. The animated display is synchronized with music that passersby can hear by tuning their car radios. Next year he may add a star or extend the height of the tree to 50 feet.