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While I appreciate the folks who have asked if they can donate/PayPal to cover the costs of the lights and (wind powered and carbon offsett'ed!) electricity, I've never asked for donations and don't plan to change that. While it is a bit of work to put up all the Christmas stuff, I do it anyway for the neighborhood kids and the web site is just my way of saying "Merry Christmas" to folks around the world. If you feel compelled to make some sort of donation, I've been involved with celiac disease so make a donation toward medical research at the Center for Celiac Research - tell 'em Komar.Org sent 'ya! ;-)
Circuit Layout & Electrical Analysis for Christmas 2013 Circuit X10-Zone Amps Lights Description Panel-1 1 5.4 2,500 Burrito Reindeer, Christmas Tree, Presents Balcony 1 3.0 1,000 Swag, Bells, Stars, Wreaths, Tree, Plane Panel-2 2 5.5 2,000 10 foot and lower LED lighted tree, lower Juniper Balcony 2 3.0 500 Stars and Inflatable Tree/Grinch/Homer/Santa, HULK Spotlight! Panel-3 3 8.1 3,000 Sidewalk Candy Canes & Figurines, West Tree, Train, Santa Sleigh Garage-E 3 4.0 1,600 Garage Icicles, Front Door Swag Garage-E 4 3.5 800 Christmas Trees hanging from Garage Panel-5 4 6.0 2,200 Upper Roof Icicles, Purple Orbs, Column/Bubble Lights Panel-4 4 8.0 1,500 Snow Globe, LED Tree, Penguin, Bells, Santa Heli, SANTA! Panel-2 5 2.0 500 Giant Inflatable Frosty, Red Topped Mini-Frosty, Tin Man Garage-W 5 0.6 100 Inflatable Elmo - Tickle me! Window-U 5 0.8 500 Upper Window Decorations Panel-2 6 3.5 700 HO, Inflatable Frosty Family Garage-W 6 1.5 400 SpongeBob SquarePants, Garage Stars Panel-2 7 2.2 700 HO, Inflatable Pumpkin - Jack is Back!!! Garage-W 7 0.6 50 Inflatable Santa - twelve feet high! Window-L 7 1.2 500 Lower Window Decorations Panel-2 8 3.5 800 Santa Balloon, Doggie, LED Reindeer Family Panel-5 8 1.0 400 Chimney Stars & Swag Garage-W 8 0.8 50 Inflatable Homer Simpson - D'OH! Panel-5 * 4.0 1,800 ON/OFF (1/2), Santa Skier (5), Roof Outline (6), Santa Plane (7) Office * 1.8 400 Various stuff in Santa's Workshop! ;-) 1:Rainier Beer 2:Santa's Workshop 3:Candles/Light-UP! 4:Bells/Hulk Lamp 5:Merry Banner 6:Groovy Lava Lamps 7:Stepping Santa 8:Present/LED Cube TOTALS 22 70.0 22,000 TOTALSA question often asked is how much does it cost to light the holiday display - the electrical meter does spin a bit faster. That's easy to calculate - with all 22,000 lights ON, the current draw is 70 amps. Multiply by 120 Volts and divide by 1,000 to get 8.4 KiloWatts. The electricity cost in Colorado is about 10 cents per KiloWatt-Hour, so to run the display continuously for an hour, it costs 84 cents/hour - not much! But remember that Internet Surfers are turning the lights on & off ... so divide that by two and then multiply by the 5 hours/day it's active, and the electricty costs 210 cents per day. Multiply that by 31 days and for $65, a whole month of holiday fun is provided to people around the world ... plus some awareness and thousands of dollars in donations for Celiac Disease Research!
2013_10_14: The warmup for Christmas is the halloween webcam which was turned on today. The 2013 halloween decorations have 10,000 lights plus giant inflatable Frankenstein, Grim Reapers, Pumpkins, Witches, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson - D'OH! ;-)
2013_10_30: It's the day before Halloween, so the Christmas Blog has been turned on for those fans that want to start commenting.
2013_10_31: Another crazy-fun Halloween night! Almost 200 trick-or-treaters came by as the weather was mild, although gusty winds came up later in the evening. They almost cleaned me out of candy (I'm very generous, especially early on) and I also passed out shots of Chocolate Wine, EggNog, and/or "Adult Chocolate Milk" for the "big" kids. Check out all the action in the time-lapse halloween movies while listening to some halloween music and read the funny commentary in the halloween blog.
2013_11_15: Thanksgiving is late this year, but I hope to start working on the inflatables and other misc. this weekend.
2013_11_28: I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving - my wife made an awesome turkey. My Mom is visiting and has been a great help in setting up the display.
2013_12_01: The webcams and X10 controls were turned on and it was a good first night ... except the wind came up with more forecast tomorrow - hopefully not like the 70+ MPH winds that clobbered the display in 2008 - D'OH! ;-)
2013_12_04: The high temperature yesterday was 60°F just after Noon ... but then the thermometer plummeted as the arctic blast arrived and it is single digits this morning and we may set a record low tonight of around -10°F ... gotta love Colorado weather! We also got about 3" of fresh snow with more coming down. And while most people shovel their driveways, I also have to go out and sweep the Christmas Lights so you can see 'em through the snow! ;-)
2013_12_05: Per Blog post #118, The Christmas Train is BAACCCKKKK!!!! This was a fixture for several years until those 70+ MPH winds clobbered it 5 years ago ... but after some "Open-Train-Surgery" along with a controller transplant, plus replacing dozens of burnt out bulbs, it is back in operation and chugging along ... HO-HO-HO! ;-) 2013_12_08: Our neighborhood has a big Chrismas shin-dig which includes a horse-drawn sleigh that takes the kids around the nieghborhood - needless to say, my house is a popular stop! ;-)
2013_12_09: One of the SR227 X10 Super Sockets blew out - I typically lose a couple of these a year due to all of the ON/OFF's - but I was able to fix some and Internet Surfers can again say "Give me Full Power Scotty"
2013_12_21: The 15' Home Depot/Gemmy Santa Balloon has a tear in the envelope. Gemmy was able to send me a replacement in two days - what OUTSTANDING customer service!
2013_12_24: We shot our family picture - came out pretty decent! ;-)
2013_12_29: The last night of the Controllable Christmas Lights. With warm weather coming in, I'd like to get a head start on taking everything down.
2014_01_01: Everything has been removed from Santa's Workshop, the house, and the yard ... with the exception of some candy canes that are frozen in the ground - D'OH! ;-)
My display won 2nd place in a
$5,000 Christmas Lights Contest and the prize winnings were donated to charity - WOOT! ;-)