Canberra, Australia -- An Australian family set a new world record for having the most Christmas lights attached to their Canberra home, Guinness World Records official Chris Sheedy confirmed on Monday.
Many friends and neighbors showed up to take a closer look at the 502,165 Christmas lights that illuminate the residential property of David Richards and his family in the Canberra suburb of Forrest.
Attaching more than half a million bulbs to his home was a very time consuming task, Richards admits.
"It took me quite a while to set it up. I started in October. I took a week off in October, school holidays, and then have worked every weekend since," he said.
The electricity bill will certainly be higher in the following weeks, but Richards said a local power company was supporting his project.
"It's about another 2,500 (Australian) dollars per month (US$ 2,300), for the month of December in power, but we're very fortunate in that ActewAGL are sponsoring it with a green energy program. So, it's doing something for nature as well," he said.
It's not the first time that the Richards family strung up a record number of lights. They set a record in 2011 with 331,038 fairy lights, but were trumped in 2012 by a New York family, local media said.