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Images: Behind the scenes with a suburban Christmas light fanatic

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  • Gurnee resident Adam Germann makes a final inspection of his light show from the roof of his Prairie Oak Road residence before opening night on Thursday, Dec. 1. Germann takes food and money collections for the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

       Gurnee resident Adam Germann makes a final inspection of his light show from the roof of his Prairie Oak Road residence before opening night on Thursday, Dec. 1. Germann takes food and money collections for the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Adam Germann had nice weather this year to set up his annual Christmas light show at his Gurnee home.

       Adam Germann had nice weather this year to set up his annual Christmas light show at his Gurnee home.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Germann makes adjustments to the Christmas lights on his front porch.

       Germann makes adjustments to the Christmas lights on his front porch.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Gurnee resident Adam Germann uses his computer to control the lights outside his house.

       Gurnee resident Adam Germann uses his computer to control the lights outside his house.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Germann spends around 10 hours to set up his Gurnee Christmas light display.

       Germann spends around 10 hours to set up his Gurnee Christmas light display.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Gurnee resident Adam Germann unpacks his Christmas lights from his storage area in the basement.

       Gurnee resident Adam Germann unpacks his Christmas lights from his storage area in the basement.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Germann works with a cluster of extension cords.

       Germann works with a cluster of extension cords.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • German and his father Arnold makes adjustments to the Christmas lights in their front yard.

       German and his father Arnold makes adjustments to the Christmas lights in their front yard.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • For the fourth year in a row, the Gurnee resident will be creating his Christmas light display synchronized to music. The display includes icicle lights which he hangs on the homes gutters.

       For the fourth year in a row, the Gurnee resident will be creating his Christmas light display synchronized to music. The display includes icicle lights which he hangs on the homes gutters.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • The massive display contains roughly 15,000 lights.

       The massive display contains roughly 15,000 lights.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Germann makes adjustments to the Christmas lights on his front porch.

       Germann makes adjustments to the Christmas lights on his front porch.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • One of the lighted Christmas trees ready for action during the music-synchronized Christmas Light Show.

       One of the lighted Christmas trees ready for action during the music-synchronized Christmas Light Show.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Gurnee resident Adam Germann tests out the lights before dragging them outside from his basement storage area.

       Gurnee resident Adam Germann tests out the lights before dragging them outside from his basement storage area.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Four control boxes are used to run Adam Germann's annual light show.

       Four control boxes are used to run Adam Germann's annual light show.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Germann tries to work out a power issue with his light display.

       Germann tries to work out a power issue with his light display.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Multiple trips to the basement are required as he sets up his annual light display.

       Multiple trips to the basement are required as he sets up his annual light display.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 

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