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Family Spends $82k to Light Christmas Lights, Clark Griswold Would Approve

by Shane McGlaun

Christmas is a time of family, friends, and decorations for folks all around the world. I put up the usual decorations with a tree, stockings, and some garland. I even throw a few lights on the house even though it’s two story and really steep.

Some people take decorating their house to a Griswoldian level like the Faucher family in Delaware. These folks hove about a million lights on the house and in the yard. The thing that disturbed me at first glance is the thought of having to take down all those lights and tracking down why that one bulb won’t light up.


Then you think about how much it would cost to turn those lights on. According to HouseLogic the family pays about $686 an hour to run the lights and will rack up a bill of $82,320 over the month. If they went green with LED lights, they could cut that bill down to $10,680.

[via HouseLogic]

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Comments (7):

  1. Bob says:

    Their math is totally wrong!

    It says they have 1000000 lights. If you look at the picture they are all mini lights. See math below:

    1000000 lights = 10000 strings of mini light = 400000 watts (40 watts per mini light string) = 400 Kilowatts = $48 per hour (based off average of $.12 per Kilowatt hour).

    They state it costs $686 an hour. They are off by a factor of 14X!

    • technabob says:

      Hmmm. Seems like someone at HouseLogic needs to go back to math class.

      So at $48 per hour, they’re looking at something like $5,760 a month, assuming they run the lights for 4 hours a night for 30 days. It would still suck to get an $5,760 electric bill, but not as much as an $82,000 bill.

  2. scott says:

    stuff like this comes up every year…and its always made up or calculated by someone that doesn’t know what they are doing. Unless they have installed some kind of industrial sized power connection to the grid (suitable for running a large factory) the most power they can uses is about $10 an hour before they pop the fuse that connectes them to the grid. They are more likely using something like $1-2 an hour to run those lights.

  3. ugh says:

    oh come on. that’s super tacky if you’re going to invest that much time and money, at least make it aesthetically pleasing. also, “NOEL” is in comic sans. hideous.

  4. Cuthbert says:

    The article addresses this difference: “assuming each bulb was the average 5 watt C7 bulb”

    If you look at the actual photos of the house (http://www.hgtv.com/holidays-and-entertaining/faucher-family-christmas-house/pictures/index.html) it isn’t as cut and dry as saying “They’re all mini lights, so the math doesn’t work”.

    Not saying that the $82,000 number is right (or wrong), just saying that there are assumptions made by both sets of math that aren’t true.

  5. Richard Calvert says:

    Allright! You Go Delaweenians! (A Club of Which I am proudly a life member)Just keep remembering the reason for the season and enjoy a Very Merry Christmas, from a lifelong Delaweenian who now brings that Delaware cheer to the Wonderful people and great State of Tennessee!

  6. Stephanie says:

    And there are children starving and dying in Africa…

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