Since 1996, Joe has been featured in countless newspapers, magazines, radio and new stations.
“[Joe] has one of the most artistic imagination. One day I hope to see him decorating Tiffany’s or Bloomingdale’s.”
Alumni Profile: Joe Petrowski (STEINHARDT ’20)
(STEINHARDT ’20) has always seen the light(s). “My parents tell me I was fascinated with Christmas lights as an infant,” says Petrowski.
Joe’s Back: Joe’s Amazing Lights Returns to Benefit Connecticut Food Bank
Cars lined Valley Shore Drive in Guilford on June 25 to watch Joe’s Amazing Lights, with radios tuned in to 107.3 to hear the music synced to the dancing lights. All proceeds that are collected benefit the Connecticut Food Bank. The light show runs through Sunday, July 5.
Guilford display Joe’s Amazing Lights looks to give joy during dark time
“There is a lot of uncertainty in the world and the lights fulfill a couple of different needs. The lights… bring the community together and they give friends and family something to enjoy together.”
Joe’s Amazing Lights, the Summer Version, Back to Support Food Bank
Joe’s Amazing Lights will offer a limited-run summer lights show intended to bring joy to the community and raise funds for the Connecticut Food Bank during these challenging times.
Ray and Joe D from WTIC feature Joe Petrowski from Joe’s Amazing Lights
“There are a couple different hats I put on…setting it up, master electrician, the designer and I am also the programmer and overseeing social media and community outreach.”
Holidays on the Shoreline Magazine
Joe’s Amazing Lights is Guilford’s version of Dyker Heights Lights.
Joe’s Back: Joe’s 65,000 Lights, Over $100,00 Raised…Joe’s Amazing Lights
Everyone loves getting into the holiday spirit, but one Guilford resident is doing it, is doing it big, and is doing it for a great cause. For 20 years, Joe has been putting on a spectacular holiday show on his front lawn thanks to technology and a lot of lights.
One Last Show in Guilford for Joe’s Amazing Lights
The holiday spectacle has always been indicate and unique. Joe’s Amazing Lights shine, sparkle, glow, blink, twinkle, and change into any number of dozens of designs, each a brilliant match for every holiday song in Petrowski’s music mix.
Let There Be Light
In Guilford, Joe’s Amazing Lights returns for the final year. Founder Joe Petrowski has synched up 65,000 lights with 10 songs, and through a collection box, allows visitors to make donations to Make A Wish Connecticut.
Last year for Joe’s Amazing Lights in Guilford, which has raised over $100K for charity
With 65,000 Christmas lights, DMX color blasts, five Light-O-Rama controllers with more than 80 plugs, a computer programmed for synchronized Christmas music, an FM transmitter and a donation collection box, Joe Petrowski Jr. has been decorating his family home for the past 21 years, since he was 6 years old.
Joe’s Amazing Lights Returns for Final Year
Joe’s Amazing Lights is going out in style. In the display’s final year, its founder and designer Joe Petrowski has synched up 65,000 lights with 10 songs and, through a collection box, has given fans a chance to donate to Make A Wish Connecticut.
Longtime Christmas display of Guilford home comes to its final year; Raises thousands of dollars for charities
People like Linda Simjian who have been driving from East Haven to the Petrowski’s home for the past ten years said they go several times during the holidays.
One Last Show in Guilford for Joe’s Amazing Lights
Layers of multi-colored lights also lay covertly over the house front from top to bottom, making a dramatic splash when they light up, all at once, to punctuate some very exciting musical moments. A stand of tree trunks, wrapped in white lights, do some extra special shimmering, as well.
Joe’s Holiday Lights Shine Again in Guilford
Those multi-hued lights blinking vibrantly outside a Valley Shores Drive home aren’t your grandfather’s holiday display—they’re Joe’s Amazing Lights.
Joe’s Amazing Lights in Guilford helps make wishes come true
For the kids, families and passersby that view the lights each year, they won’t see or hear the same thing twice according to Petrowski Jr. He said he tries to change things up on a year-to-year basis, and make adjustments to the playlist.
Lighting Up St. Jude’s
This year, Petrowski has expanded the color palette of his work and he has woven a little blue into the traditional red, green, and white show, which lasts about 20 minutes, through 10 very carefully chosen holiday songs.
Movers and Shakers
Guilford Native Joe Petrowski announced he won’t be mounting his awe- inspiring annual light display at his parents’ house this year. Community disappointment is softened by the news that Petrowski accepted a job as a cast member “for the most magical company in the world, Walt Disney World”.
From Guilford to Disney World
A past Person of the Week, Petrowski headed off to Disney in August. He contacted the Guilford Courier from Florida to help spread the word about the Petrowski home going “dark” this season.
Passion for lights raises money for St. Jude’s
In addition to thousands of lights, Petrowski’s display includes songs from Jackson Five’s Upon on the Rooftop and Barbara Streisand’s Jingle Bells synchronized with flashing lights and transmitted via an FM transmitter to radios in cars cruising past the display.
Guilford Light Show
Guilford resident Joe Petrowski, a senior Design Technology student at Emerson College in Boston, hosts an annual holiday light show at his home, 163 Valley Shores Drive, to benefit charities. This year, there are more than 55,000 lights synchronized to music that visitors can hear by tuning to 107.3 FM in their cars upon arrival.
Guilford Light Display Raises Money for St. Jude’s
Guilford resident, Joe Petrowski a senior design tech major at Emerson College hosts an annual light show at his home.
Deck Out to Win Holiday House Decorating Champ
Petrowski, a college student, has been creating seasonal light displays outside his parents home for several years and always produces a show stopper at Christmas time.
Let the Holiday Spirit Shine Forth Enter Guilford’s Holiday House Decorating Contest
The Guilford home exterior was made shiny and bright for 2009’s inaugural Holiday House Decorating contest.
Joe’s Amazing Lights Raised Money for Epilepsy Foundation
You cannot miss the multi colored house in Guilford, and this year, it shines for lots of reasons! All is calm until sundown, then all is bright!
A Wishful Display
A daytime view of the ever-growing holiday light display outside the Petrowski family home is the latest in what’s becoming an annual tradition, started by resident/ display designer Joe Petrowski.
A The Power of Love Light Show Fundraiser Display
A Valentines Day Light show, choreographed with music transmitted to vehicles FM radios, will continue to glow nightly outside GHS senior Joe Petrowski.
Patriotic Display Lights up for Charity
A patriotic lighting and sound display is running outside Joe Petrowski’s home to benefit Meals on Wheels. Petrowski, a Guilford High School 2008 graduate, has raised thousands of dollars for different charities over the past few years by collecting free-will donations from those visiting his homemade holiday light displays.
Teen’s Light Show Raises nearly $14,000 Local Foundation Makes Big Contribution
“…the light display is awesome, with perfectly accompanied music. The Yvette and Arthur Eder Foundation is proud to make a $10,000 contribution in your honor to St. Jude”
New Channel 8 – Holiday Light Show Highlight
17 year old Joe Petrowski hits the tag sales every weekend to add to his extraordinary collection and his decorates his house for all of the holidays, but of course Christmas is the biggest and brightest.
Fox 61 News Fox Focus
Fox Focus features a young man from Guilford. He’s 17, in theatre at school and loves to design with lights, a hobby ranked most unique in his yearbook.
All Lit up for a Good Cause GHS Senior employs genius for Spectacle
When darkness falls, the eerie, music-driven dance of lights begins are 163 Valley Shores Drive – a signal that Guilford High School senior Joe Petrowski is at it again.
Displaying American Ingenuity Patriotic Display Supports Food Bank
He’s 16 years old, but Joe Petrowski can already put about 10 years of experience on his lighting design resume. Last Christmas, word of mouth brought droves of viewers to a computer programmed, multidimensional Christmas Display- a 20,000 light dazzler.
Dog-gone Good Deeds
The display included 26,000 lights and was coordinated by Petrowski’s computer programming. Lighting sequences were set to music Petrowski broadcast over shortwave FM transmitter.
Guilford boy sets hearts aglow with Valentine light show
A Junior at Guilford High School, has turned his front yard into a bright light festival in honor of Valentine’s Day, complete with synchronized love songs.
Valentine lights display turns into one bright idea
Love is in the air – in red lights – at Joe Petrowski’s house. A junior at Guilford High School, he has turned his front yard into a bright light festival in honor of Valentine’s Day, complete with synchronized love songs.
The Color of Love
Joe Petrowski, 16, gets into the Valentine’s Day spirit by decorating his house, at 163 Valley Shores Drive in Guilford, with lights. The lights shows are synchronized with love songs. Petrowski is accepting donations from visitors, which he’ll donate to the Guilford Food Bank.
Guilford Teen Has Electric Touch
Joe’s patriotic July 4th display, still up out of respect to the soldiers in Iraq, is setting the bar even higher because he used a computer program to make the lights on the trees, bushes and house blink in sync with four popular patriotic songs.
Display Rivals Broadway Show
If you happen to wander past 163 Valley Shores Drive in Guilford on December evening and find the street as bright as early afternoon, don’t put on your sunglasses. It is likely just the Christmas decorations by joe Petrowski, the imaginative 11-year-old, who from a tender age, has been stopping traffic on his street with solo act of holiday styling.
“The holiday spectacle has always been indicate and unique. Strung through the air, hanging from trees, and even covering the family ranch house—including the roof and chimney—Joe’s Amazing Lights shine, sparkle, glow, blink, twinkle, and change into any number of dozens of designs, each a brilliant match for every holiday song in Petrowski’s music mix.”
— Zoe Roos
“[The lights] pop in synchronization to matching lyrics when the timing is right. Layers of multi-colored lights also lay covertly over the house front from top to bottom, making a dramatic splash when they light up, all at once, to punctuate some very exciting musical moments. A stand of tree trunks, wrapped in white lights, do some extra special shimmering.
— Pam Johnson