We've got about a 1,000 lights on the family Christmas tree and I must say my wife does an incredible job arranging those lights to make our tree look good each year, but I'm sure I've heard a string of Christmas lights actually laugh at us while we're trying to find the one bulb that has stopped the glow from an entire string of lights. I can't imagine multiplying that excitement 500+ times.
502,165 lights is the exact number of Christmas lights now recorded as a world record for a community home decorated for Christmas. A family in Australia reclaimed their Guinness world record for Christmas lights with their new total this year.
The Richards family, first succeeded in receiving the record backin 2011. At that time they had placed 331,038 bulb around their home, but that record was lost the following year when 346,283 lights were turned on at a home in LaGrangeville, New York.
David Richards and his family have been planning all year to recapture the title and they succeeded this month (November 2013) with over half a million lights according the officials at Guinnes World Records.
Unless you've got about a month to spare and some additional help to string the lights, forget trying to beat this family. The Richards household has about 48km of wires and the power meter runs like a race horse. Fortunately the local power company picks up the tab because the family raises money for charity with their unbelievable display of lights.