Inaugural Viera Bright Lights Battle celebrates holiday season

Space Coast Trim Light says that the amount of electricity used, like other LED lights, is minimal.

Viera knows how to celebrate Christmas. Just take a drive through the neighborhoods that intersect Stadium Parkway, Trasona Drive or Murrell Road.

It’s part of Florida holiday tradition to drive around and check out the houses that celebrate with baby Jesus’ manger and the Three Wise men, Santa’s sled and reindeer, Christmas trees adorned with lights of all colors, Frosty the Snowman and elves of all shapes and size with candy canes. Throw in a toboggan or two with some fake snow and it might even feel like Vermont.

Stroll the streets and sing some Christmas carols. It’s a good way to get close to these incredible displays of art work.

Those houses that do it right will be rewarded this year during the inaugural Viera Bright Lights Battle. The holiday house decorating competition, sponsored by Viera Voice and Space Coast Trim Light, will reward the people who want to make their house ashine bright for the month of December.

Prizes, bragging rights and the feeling that Christmas didn’t sneak up and pass you by with the width of Santa’s chinny, chin, chin will make it rewarding. For information, check out vieravoice.com/brightlights.

For those who don’t want to participate among the new-world castles of the Viera Bright Lights Battle, permanent year-round lighting turned on with a simple tap on a mobile device might be an option.

Space Coast Trim Light can make that dream a reality. The company installs LED lights encased in an aluminum channel, which makes them nearly invisible during daylight and extraordinarily illuminating at night. The channels easily adhere to homes, patios, decks and buildings, while the controller offers 180 pre-set lighting combinations. There are 16 million patterns of possibilities.

Frederick and Jenna Smith of Palm Bay became interested in becoming Trim Light dealers early last year. Their entertainment and event business, Sophisticated Gents Entertainment and Event Design, which they have owned and operated for 30 years, had slowed due to the COVID pandemic.

Frederick Smith was on the lookout for a new business. When the couple learned that friends in Orlando had purchased Trim Light territory in Florida, they decided to do the same here in Brevard County.

“The first time my husband brought it up to me, I wondered how I would add that to my plate that’s already full,” said Jenna Smith, who handles the administrative side of the business. “But, once we started talking about it and seeing the opportunities, it became a challenge. I think it’s a good change. My husband loves it because he has lots of experience with lighting in the event world.”

With Trim Light’s proprietary app, users can use an Android, Apple or other device to design, change or schedule their exterior lighting.

“The controller that we install also has internal Wi-Fi, or it can be run from your own Wi-Fi,” Jenna Smith said.

“If someone is not tech-savvy, we offer tablets that are inexpensive that they can use to run the system.”

A lifetime product warranty includes a 50,000-hour lifespan. To put that into perspective, “If you ran your lights every single night for three or four hours, you could probably estimate about a 10-year life span. If you randomly use it during the holidays, it can last up to 40 years.”

The amount of electricity used, like other LED lights, is minimal.

“The lights are low voltage. About .6 watts per volt. You won’t see a difference on the electric bill,” Jenna Smith said. “We run ours every night and we have not seen a change in our bill.”

For a free quote, go to spacecoasttrimlight.com or call 321-775-4127.