Monday, December 3, 2012

Blinkie Lights: A Local Tradition Born in Kernersville

Anyone who has driven through Kernersville at Christmastime has seen the Blinkie Lights.  These large, transparent bulbs blink slowly and randomly in a magically mesmerizing fashion.   Once unique to Kernersville, they can now be found across North Carolina and the nation.  Did you know that they were created by local resident Robert Briles?  He originally created them for his own yard, and then began giving them to friends.  In 2009, he was asked to decorate Kernersville's Downtown Main Street, and it has since become a popular way to decorate throughout the town.

Mr. Briles has also designed a new contraption to help people safely decorate tall trees, a spool attached to a threaded pole.   Blinkie Lights can be purchased and the pole can be rented from Farmers Hardware in Kernersville.  They can also be purchased online here.

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