11/28/2013 at 08:30 PM 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.
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.