Alex Heigl
November 26, 2013 10:45 AM

Think your neighborhood is impressive when it comes to Christmas lights? Well, you haven’t met the Richards family, from Australia.

“I started in October,” Dave Richards told Reuters. “I took a week off in October school holidays, and then have worked every weekend since.” The end result of his efforts? A staggering 502,165 lights draped around the Richards’ homestead, and a Guinness World Record.

This is the second time the Richards have claimed the Guinness Record for Christmas lights – they snagged it in 2011 with 331,038 lights, but were bested in 2012 by a New York family.

All that spectacle doesn’t come cheap, though: Richards says the family’s electricity bill will likely be an additional $2,300 per month, but a local power company has stepped in to sponsor the project.

Richards accepts donations from the thousands of people who visit every year; two years ago, he raised $78,000 for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and Kids ACT. This year, his goal is $100,000.

We can’t wait to see what they’ll do next year.

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