2013 Guinness World Record
This is actually the second time the Richards have earned the title — they first set a record back in 2011 with 331,038 lights, but were unseated last year by the Gay family from Lagrangeville, New York. So in October, the Richards got to work installing a much bigger and brighter spectacle.
Guinness says the display includes more than 50km of lights, “520 Lightorama channels controlling a 50-metre, walk through, multi-coloured canopy and an 18-metre light-controlled tree (all animated and synchronised to music).” And it doesn’t come cheap either. Richard says his electric bill runs about $2500 each month the lights are up, although a local energy company is covering the cost. Ultimately, the Richards’ goal with the display is an altruistic one; they’re raising money for a charity called SIDS and Kids ACT, which works to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Whatever the motivation, we’re sure Clark Griswold would be very proud. [Guinness via NPR]