Here's What a House with More than 500,000 Christmas Lights Looks Like


The Guinness World Record for Christmas lights was made in Canberra, Australia


updated 11/28/2013 AT 08:30 PM EST

originally published 11/26/2013 AT 10:45 AM EST

Think your neighborhood is impressive when it comes to Christmas lights? Well, you haven't met the Richards family, from Australia.

"I started in October," Dave Richards told Reuters. "I took a week off in October school holidays, and then have worked every weekend since." The end result of his efforts? A staggering 502,165 lights draped around the Richards' homestead, and a Guinness World Record.

This is the second time the Richards have claimed the Guinness Record for Christmas lights – they snagged it in 2011 with 331,038 lights, but were bested in 2012 by a New York family.

All that spectacle doesn't come cheap, though: Richards says the family's electricity bill will likely be an additional $2,300 per month, but a local power company has stepped in to sponsor the project.

Richards accepts donations from the thousands of people who visit every year; two years ago, he raised $78,000 for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and Kids ACT. This year, his goal is $100,000.

We can't wait to see what they'll do next year.
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