Luke’s Lights Display is Back in Dover, NH

After a year-long hiatus, the Luke’s Lights Christmas light display in Dover has returned.

The exhibit that Luke Dobson first did when he was 11 continues for the twelfth Christmas season even after he graduated from Yale University and moved to New York City. After a year off, Dobson has spent the last few weekends at home setting up the screen with his father, just like when he first started setting up the screen as a child.

This year’s light show features 8,500 lights synchronized to music that can be heard on a low-power FM frequency by those driving near the display. It had a “soft” opening on Saturday night and opens for the season on Sunday.

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Out of respect for his neighbors, Dobson does not publish the location, but it can be obtained on request from the Luke’s Light website.

Dobson was inspired for the display by a YouTube video of a “really amazing synchronized light show” that he thought he could do too.

“I’ve always loved lights growing up. I ended up studying electrical engineering in college. I’m a big fan of do-it-yourselfers and reverse engineering, putting things together. So this was a natural fit.” Dobson told Seacoast Current.

Trees that are part of the Luke’s Lights exhibit

Trees that are part of the Luke’s Lights exhibit (Luke’s Light)

energy efficient lights

Even though the cost of electricity is at an all time high, it doesn’t affect the show as Dobson uses energy efficient LEDs.

“Because our show is synchronized, none of our lights are on all the time. So even though we have 8,500 lights, the number on at any given time is usually much fewer,” Dobson said.

Dobson said he won’t need to be present on screen to run the light show. The part of the program that will require additional support is the food pantry collection that her parents and neighbors help with. It’s Dobson’s way of giving back to the community so that its neighbors put up with the traffic the exhibit attracts.

“We are grateful for the support of our neighbors. Of course, an ongoing exhibit with such support would not be possible without them. And we are incredibly grateful for them,” Dobson said.

A couple of bins will be set up at the bottom of your parent’s driveway for the donation of non-perishable items that are not in glass containers to be donated to the St. Joseph Food Pantry in Dover.

2019 Food Drive at Luke’s Lights Exhibit

Food Drive in 2019 at the Luke’s Lights Exhibit (Luke’s Lights)

New and Old Christmas Hits

Dobson said the playlist for the screen will see the return of favorites and items. Singer Meghan Trainor’s rendition of the Wham! the holiday staple “Last Christmas” will be a new addition to the curated list this year.

“A lot of people have commented that they want a ‘Last Christmas’ or some classic Christmas songs. And we feel that being able to do a classic song with a modern artist is one of the hallmarks of Luke’s Lights and something that creates intergenerational appeal,” Dobson said. .

The exhibit is open Sunday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through December 31, weather permitting. Rainy weather could cause the show to be canceled for the night as the lights are sensitive to rain.

Major storms could also cause a cancellation to be posted on the Lukes Light website and social media.

Luke’s Lights display at Dover

Luke’s Lights display in Dover (Luke’s Lights)

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at [email protected] or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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