Here's What a House with More than 500,000 Christmas Lights Looks Like
updated 11/28/2013 AT 08:30 PM EST
•originally published 11/26/2013 AT 10:45 AM EST
"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.