When it comes to holiday decorations, David Richards has a philosophy: go big or go home. Indeed, he went big, and his home is all the more noteworthy for it. In 2011, David Richards broke the Guinness World Record for most lights on a single Christmas display. Last year, he lost the record to a family in New York. Now, he’s back and better than ever. David Richard put up 502, 165 lights to break the Guinness World Record for most lights in a Christmas display.
“It was sort of a reason to do it again, and they didn’t break it by very much,” said Richards, who lives in Canberra, Australia. ”I thought 500,000 was a nice, round number so I decided to go all out because I may never do it again.”
So just how big is the display? Well, he’s got almost 30 miles of wires strung up on his house and yard, and his monthly electricity bill has gone up by $2265 in US dollars, but it’s all worth it. There’s already been a wedding at the light show, and the display’s cost is sponsored by a green energy company, so it’s not like it’s going to make the Aussie barrister and his family too uncomfortable to pay off their record. Amazingly, Richard started putting up his decorations in October (and you thought your neighbors put their lights out too early) and worked every weekend between then and the big debut to get things up and running.Technorati Tags: 502165 lights, australia, canberra, christmas lights, david richards, guinness world records, record christmas light display, world's largest christmas lights display