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2009 SCREENSHOT of Alek's Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease

Use the three christmas webcams for a live view of over 20,000 christmas lights and also CONTROL them - heck, you can even inflate (or deflate) the giant Elmo, Frosty, Santa, and Homer Simpson - D'OH! All three webcams are online from Thanksgiving to Jan 1st between 1700 to 2200 MST (GMT-7) which is when you can turn stuff on & off to entertain the neighbors. Plus send "Instant Messages via Webcam" for all to see. HO HO HO! ;-)

If you enjoyed the christmas lights, please consider donating a few dollars (tax deductible) to the over $40,000 raised for the Univ of Maryland Center for Celiac Research.
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When the webcam controls aren't active, pass the time viewing some nifty pictures from Antarctica, Falklands, and South Georgia.
Webcams and X10 Controls operational until Midnight MST on Christmas Eve - watching for Santa! ;-)
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HULK says Puny Humans can add some cheerful christmasy comments now in the Christmas Blog

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, my kids have celiac disease so make a donation toward medical research at the University of Maryland - tell 'em Komar.Org sent 'ya! ;-)


Circuit Layout & Electrical Analysis for Christmas 2009
Circuit   X10-Zone   Amps   Lights   Description
Balcony       1       2.8      801   Train, Stars, Wreaths, Tree, HULK SpotLight!
Panel-1       1       8.5    2,900   Burrito Reindeer, Christmas Tree Farm, Juniper Nets
Garage        2       2.2      528   Swag, Bells, and Inflatable Tree, Santa, Snoopy, Homer
Panel-4       2       2.2      700   10 foot and lower LED lighted trees
Garage-E      3       5.1    1,900   Garage Icicles, Front Door Swag
Panel-3       3       9.4    3,200   Sidewalk Candy Canes & Figurines, Tin Man, lower Juniper, West tree
Panel-2       4       6.6    3,520   Upper Roof Icicles, Purple Orbs
Garage        5       0.6      107   Inflatable Elmo - Tickle me!
Panel-4       5       2.4      607   Giant Inflatable Frosty, Candy Canes
Window-U      5       0.8      400   Upper Window Decorations
Garage        6       0.3       50   SpongeBob SquarePants
Panel-4       6       3.3    1,300   HO, Inflatable Frosty Family
Garage        7       0.6       12   Inflatable Santa - twelve feet high!
Panel-4       7       1.6      607   HO, Inflatable Pumpkin - Jack is Back!!!
Garage        8       0.8      107   Inflatable Homer Simpson - D'OH!
Panel-2       8       1.0      400   Chimney Stars & Swag
Panel-4       8       3.8      805   Santa Balloon, Doggie
Panel-1       *       3.7    1,400   ON/OFF (1/2), Roof Outline (6), Santa Plane (7)
Panel-2       *       3.4      620   SnowGlobe, LED Tree, Penguin, Bells (4)
Office        *       1.5      565   Various stuff in Santa's Workshop!  ;-)
                                        1:Front LED Tree    2:Rainier Beer Sign   3:Various Candles  4:Hulk Lamp/Red Bells
                                        5:Merry Banner      6:Groovy Lava Lamp    7:Stepping Santa   8:Red/Green Present
TOTALS       20      60.6   20,529   TOTALS
A 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 20,529 lights ON, the current draw is 60.6 amps. Multiply by 120 Volts and divide by 1,000 to get 7.2 KiloWatts. The electricity cost in Colorado is about 10 cents per KiloWatt-Hour, so to run the display continuously for an hour, it costs 72 cents/hour - not much! But remember that Internet Surfers are turning the lights on & off ... so divde that by two and then multiply by the 5 hours/day it's active, and the electricty costs 180 cents per day. Multiply that by 31 days and for $55, 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!

2009 Christmas Lights Webcam Updates

For reference, here is the christmas 2008 webcam updates.

2009_10_01: The warmup for Christmas is the halloween decorations webcam which was turned on today. Over 7,500 lights in this years Halloween Decorations plus giant inflatable Frankenstein, Grim Reapers, Pumpkins, Witches, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson - D'OH!!! ;-)

2009_10_26: The Christmas Blog has been turned on a bit early in case Halloween fans wanted to start commenting.

2009_10_31: Another crazy-fun Halloween night! After two feet of snow two days earlier, the sun came out and it warmed up, so almost 300 trick-or-treaters came by. They almost cleaned me out of candy (I'm very generous, especially early on) and I also passed out shots of Bailey's, Port, Tequila, and Egg Nog Whiskey 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. Come back for halloween 2010! ;-)

2009_11_05: While I was busy taking down my Halloween decorations, my neighbor again won the annual "competition" to see who can put their Christmas stuff up first ... by putting out one inflatable Santa and one inflatable Penguin. While my stuff won't be up for a couple of weeks, rest assured that my display will have just a wheeee bit more stuff! ;-)

2009_11_21: I was gone for a week on a pretty nifty Polar Bear trip and promised my two boys that if they were good for Mom, I would ante up the big bucks (and pay full price, rather than post-holiday 50-75% off) to get the enormous 15' Santa Balloon at Home Depot. They were good ... so now I have to figure out how I'm going to secure it, especially when the winds picks up.

2009_11_25: Most of the front yard (webcam2) and Santa's workshop (webcam3) are setup, so I turned those on and enabled the X10 controls - Christmas/2009 has begun! ;-)

2009_11_29: Most of the house is setup, and Elmo, SpongeBob, Homer Simpson (D'OH!), and the 12' Santa have been deployed, so webcam1 is turned on and we're fully operational for Christmas!

2009_12_07: Have had several minor snowstorms, so about 6" accumulated on the ground and we're in the middle of some really cold weather. Fortunately, no major winds as those can cause major damage to a Christmas Display. Some minor issues with the 802.11 wireless connectivity to the webcams, but now seems to be pretty stable. Online traffic to the website continues to build as it typically does in December. Neighborhood kids really enjoy it and always fun to see the smiling faces checking out the Christmas Lights.

2009_12_11: The Boulder Daily Camera has a lengthy article about the Christmas display and Celiac fund-raising ... good writeup with some great pics.


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