Davenport woman’s business lights up neighborhoods and lives across the world
A Davenport woman uses her college education to illuminate the neighborhoods – and lives – of people in the United States and around the world.
Aubrey Kall owns Luminous harmony, a business she started nine years ago that combines her passion for Christmas lights and music.
Chief meteorologist Andy McCray stopped by Kall’s Christmas Lights Display at 1852 Westminster Circle on Monday evening, where the family gave an exclusive live glimpse of what people can expect to see as they walk through the neighborhood.
A total of 75,659 lights are programmed to twinkle to the sound of holiday music that people can listen to in the comfort of their own vehicles via 107.1 FM.
The shows take place every half hour from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. each evening until Friday, December 31.
The family has been making the light display for 17 years, adding music to the mix for 13 years.
After graduating from college and changing her career path, Kall is living her dream by pursuing something she always wanted to do.
“I went to college for media production and new tech because I thought I was going to be a director in Hollywood,” Kall said. “I loved this kind of editing, and that’s always what I was good at in high school… is editing videos.”
Kall attended college for a year when she realized her true calling: Christmas lights.
“I upgraded to a business major and got a management degree, then my MBA, and figured out how to make that work, through the business background and training,” Kall said.
Many of Kall’s light displays involve computer programming, which she learned on her own using hardware and software from a company called Light-O-Rama.
“I have also worked very closely with them over the years because of all that I have been able to do in the community with it all,” Kall said.
Kall operates his business full time throughout the year, helping 28 people in and outside the United States, including Canada, spread the holiday cheer.
“I actually do it in 28 different states. My shows are everywhere, ”Kall said. “I have one in Saudi Arabia and Australia too. “
Kall documents her efforts with a map, putting a pin on every place she visits.
“That’s all I’ve done in the last nine years in business,” Kall said, holding up a map of the United States. “My pins for the various trade shows and residential shows. It’s really fun to keep track of it all.
Luminous Harmony eventually racked up so many clients that Kall had to turn down new ones.
“Last year I quit taking clients in April because I was so full,” Kall said. “It’s amazing how much he’s grown, and I’m so blessed. “
Kall’s parents and neighbors support his business.
“The neighbors – the two in front of us, in particular – we couldn’t have asked for better neighbors across the way,” Kall said. “They let people stand in their aisle to watch the show when it’s hot, and they’re just the best, and everyone around us… we really couldn’t have asked for better neighbors.”
Whether by her Facebook page or word of mouth, tons of people come to see his light show.
“Really, it’s too hard to count now, but it’s easily 15 to 20 cars every half hour on busy weekends,” Kall said.
Kall’s business hasn’t always been this hectic. In fact, her first client was when she was in her sophomore in college and hosted a three-block commercial show in Louisiana.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God, someone took my chance this first year and let me do this block,’” Kall said.
Kall attended Lincoln School, Williams Intermediate School and Davenport Central – the latter to which she pays homage in her exhibit with red and blue “DC” lights, as well as a flashing Blue Devil mascot.
She thanks her music teachers in these three schools for inspiring her to start this business.
“I’m so grateful to everyone for instilling this musicality in me and allowing me to do this artistry that’s behind me,” Kall said.