Around this time of year, there's always at least one video featuring an out-of-this-world light show that goes viral. Last year, one home's Christmas light show set to the music of Star Wars seemed to dazzle us. But what if you could bring one of those light shows into your own abode? That's exactly what GeekMyTree, one of the products on Friday's Shark Tank , will allow you to accomplish.
Maybe GeekMyTree should actually be called PimpMyTree in the vein of that mid-2000s MTV show Pimp My Ride, because this company's product will trick out your Christmas tree like no other holiday decoration will. Seriously, if you like the glitz of Christmas lights but hate the hassle of untangling them, then you're going to love what GeekMyTree has to offer.
But most importantly, will the Sharks love GeekMyTree? Seasonal products tend to be hit or miss in the Tank since sales will typically be strongest during only one time of the year. But Friday night's Shark Tank is supposed to be the annual holiday episode, so the Sharks can't say no to everything, can they?
We'll just have to wait and see how GeekMyTree fares in the Tank when Friday night's episode rolls around. Until then, take a look at why you may need to make GeekMyTree a part of your holiday celebrations this season and for many years to come.
It'll Make Your Christmas Tree Twinkle Like Never Before
GeekMyTree makes Christmas tree lights that are so not the ones you grew up with. Gone are the days where you had to untangle your Christmas lights from all of the other decorations you stowed away after New Year's and then figure out the perfect way to drape them along your tree branches. The strands of what the company calls Animated GlowBalls hang vertically from a ring at the top of your tree, which makes setup take only about 10 minutes, according to the company.
But that's not even the best part. You can customize and control the colors and effects of your Bluetooth-enabled lights through a free mobile app. There are more than 100 effects available, some that come pre-loaded with the app and some that need to be purchased. However, you don't have to pay a dime to be mesmerized by the many GeekMyTree effects over on YouTube.
These Lights Will Light Up Your Life
Displaying fancy effects isn't the only thing these lights can do. They come with two high-end full spectrum LEDs and use less wattage than your typical Christmas lights (15 to 45 watts compared to 120 watts in a strand of 100 mini-lights), according to the company. The Animated GlowBalls are also expected to last for more than 50,000 hours. Many people find it hard to survive the holiday season, but it sounds like GeekMyTree's lights won't have a problem doing so.
The Owner Is A Geek At Heart
It's no surprise that such a high-tech product would be created by someone that knows computers. Brad Boyink is the entrepreneur behind GeekMyTree, and the Grand Haven, Michigan resident worked for a software company called Meal Magic Corporation before starting this new yuletide venture. Doesn't it make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know that he used his expertise to make something so merry and bright?
He's Also A Christmas Light Expert
But Boyink doesn't just know software; he also knows what makes a breathtaking Christmas lights display. After winning a $5 bet for proving how a video of a Christmas light show set to the song "Wizards in Winter" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra was made, Boyink became the coordinator of the Holiday Road Light Show, according to grbj.com. This onetime annual event was one of those elaborate Christmas light shows displayed from several homes in a Spring Lake, Michigan neighborhood. Seeing as how Boyink has a knack for this sort of thing, it's no wonder he decided to make it into a business with a national reach.
Shark Tank Really Wanted Him On The Show
Thousands of companies audition for Shark Tank every year, but the ABC series came to GeekMyTree. Boyink was first approached in 2014 to try out for the series at a Christmas trade show his company had won Best in Show at with just a concept for the product, he said in a recent interview with the local news show eightWest. However, with just an idea for the Animated GlowBalls, Boyink didn't think it was the right time to appear on Shark Tank, so he didn't move forward with the casting process. But back in March 2015, Boyink got the call from Shark Tank once again, and this time he gave the show the green light, pun most definitely intended. We'll have to wait and see if GeekMyTree got a deal during Friday night's episode to determine whether or not he made the right decision.
You Can Turn These Lights On Now
If you like what you see, you can geek your own tree now by buying the Animated GlowBalls through the company's official online store. They currently come in either a pack of 80 for $399 or 160 for $599. So yeah, much more expensive than the Christmas lights you can get at your local drug store. If you'd rather get your Animated GlowBalls elsewhere, you can also pick them up at Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan or online through Christmas-LEDs.com, The Christmas Light Emporium, or Incidental Legend. Christmas is just around the corner, so you better move quickly if you want to get some Animated GlowBalls in your life this holiday season.
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