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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 1,500 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 8.2 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 above Garage Panel-5 4 6.0 2,200 Upper Roof Icicles, Purple Orbs, Column/Bubble Lights Panel-4 4 8.0 1,100 Snow Globe, LED Tree, Penguin, Bells, Santa Heli, SANTA! Panel-2 5 2.0 500 Giant Inflatable Frosty, Frosty Figurines, 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 1,000 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 70.1 21,400 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 21,400 lights ON, the current draw is 70.1 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.
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! ;-)