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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, 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 2010 Circuit X10-Zone Amps Lights Description Panel-1 1 7.9 2,600 Burrito Reindeer, Christmas Tree Farm, Juniper Nets Balcony 1 2.8 600 Plane, Stars, Wreaths, Tree, HULK SpotLight! Panel-1 2 6.0 2,000 10 foot and lower LED lighted trees, lower Juniper Balcony 2 3.6 1,100 Swag, Bells, Inflatable Tree, Grinch/Homer/Santa, LED Skeleton Panel-4 3 7.1 2,200 Sidewalk Candy Canes & Figurines, West Tree Garage-E 3 5.7 1,900 Garage Icicles, Front Door Swag Panel-3 4 6.0 3,100 Upper Roof Icicles, Purple Orbs, Column & Bubble Lights Panel-3 4 6.6 1,100 SnowGlobe, LED Tree, Penguin, Bells, Santa Heli Panel-2 5 2.4 600 Giant Inflatable Frosty, Candy Canes Garage 5 0.6 100 Inflatable Elmo - Tickle me! Window-U 5 0.8 500 Upper Window Decorations Panel-2 6 4.9 1,000 HO, Inflatable Frosty Family, Tin Man Garage 6 1.3 150 SpongeBob SquarePants, Stars Panel-2 7 2.0 700 HO, Inflatable Pumpkin - Jack is Back!!! Garage 7 0.6 50 Inflatable Santa - twelve feet high! Window-L 7 1.5 500 Lower Window Decorations Panel-2 8 3.8 200 Santa Balloon, Doggie Panel-4 8 1.0 400 Chimney Stars & Swag Garage 8 0.8 100 Inflatable Homer Simpson - D'OH! Panel-4 * 3.7 1,700 ON/OFF (1/2), Santa Skier (5), Roof Outline (6), Santa Plane (7) Office * 1.5 400 Various stuff in Santa's Workshop! ;-) 1:Rainier Beer 2:Santa's Workshop 3:Candles/LightUP! 4:Hulk Lamp/Red Bells 5:Merry Banner 6:Groovy Lava Lamps 7:Stepping Santa 8:Red/Green Present TOTALS 21 70.6 21,000 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 21,000 lights ON, the current draw is 70.6 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!
2010_09_21: I normally warmup for Christmas with halloween decorations and the halloween webcam. However, because of various personal reasons - my wife had breast cancer surgery and my Dad passed away recently - I'm taking a break on Halloween for 2010. Hulk, Frankenstein, Pumpkin Jack, and the Witches/Skulls/etc. will be back next year for Halloween 2011. But I'm still planning to put up Christmas Lights this year along with the Christmas Webcam ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)
2010_10_26: With two months to go before December 25th, the Christmas Blog has been turned on for those fans that want to start commenting.
2010_10_31: It was a bit strange not having Frankenstein, Pumpkins, Skulls, Witches, and Homer Simpson around tonight. While normally I stay home for the hundreds of people that come by to trick-or-treat while my wife takes the kids out, I went around the neighborhood with them this year - a nice change of pace. But I look forward to really having Halloween in 2011 back at my place - D'OH! ;-)
2010_11_24: Some semi-decent weather over Thanksgiving, so in between bites of turkey, I'm working to get everything setup before the cold, wind, and snow arrive. I'll be turning on the webcams periodically as many people request to watch the setup - also see the Christmas Videos page.
2010_11_28: Most of the house is setup along with the various inflatable Santa, Frosty, Elmo, SpongeBob, and Homer Simpson (D'OH!), so the webcams are turned on and we're fully operational for Christmas ... HO-HO-HO! ;-)
2010_12_03: While it wasn't quite the predicted "Hurricane Force Winds", 50+MPH gusts can still destroy a Christmas Display - more info/pics here. So I had to shut things down as I moved what I could inside the garage and bunge'd down the rest. As you might expect, the HULK stood up to the wind (his Santa Hat flew off) but even some staked down stuff was knocked over. But fortunately, nothing too bad and after some repairing the next morning, everything was back up for the next night's show.
2010_12_05: After the "repair job", I added a few more things to the display for a final count of 21,000 lights - all a big hit when a Horse Drawn Sleigh came by tonight.
2010_12_15: National Weather Service issued a winter
storm warning, but it veered to the South and fizzled out ... so not
really even a trace of snow.
While the mountains/ski areas are getting pounded, there's been no major
dumpage in town.
I'm not asking for several feet (as in 2006) but would be nice if the weather gods gave us a White Christmas - only 10 days to go.