Gahanna resident Bob Eckstein will continue shining his award-winning LED holiday lights until Saturday, Jan. 8.

Gahanna resident Bob Eckstein will continue shining his award-winning LED holiday lights until Saturday, Jan. 8.

Eckstein won the AEP Ohio-sponsored "Holiday Nights & Efficient Lights" contest for the display at his home, 3840 Clotts Road.

He said his holiday display, including Santa and a sleigh on the roof, began 32 years ago, when his son was very young.

"Every year it seemed to grow," Eckstein said.

He began transitioning from incandescent lighting to LED lighting about five years ago, and the show now features 20,000 LED lights with most changing colors.

"It probably saves one-tenth of what it used to be in electric," he said. "You save on energy. It will be 10 years before the payoff comes back to you."

Eckstein said his favorite parts of the display include a big pine tree that appears to have dripping icicles, as well as a laser-light show in front of the home.

He said his neighbors don't even try to compete with his display.

"They all say I do such a good job," Eckstein said.

As part of winning the contest, Eckstein was featured during WBNS-10TV's weathercast on Dec. 23.

Anyone wanting to see the light display still may do so through Friday, Jan. 7. The lights are on daily from 5 to 11:15 p.m. They also will remain on all night long on New Year's Eve.

Eckstein is donating any prize money to St. Stephen's Community House, a settlement house that provides community services to the Linden area of northeast Columbus.

St. Stephen's offers emergency food and shelter, Operation Feed programs, adult emergency assistance and employment assistance.