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Whoa...hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we aren't at 5,000,000 quite yet. The official count is..... 4,991,175. I went thru (yes, I'm home sick and bored), and recalculated the numbers. Due to some adding errors along the way, we are slightly below where we thought we were. I'm sure we can find someone with several thousand lights to push us over the 5 mil mark again!!!

(and below are the light counts I used to determine where we are!)

17000, 8500, 56800, 22093, 192600, 30100, 11530, 20000, 23150, 28150, 10000, 13000, 22650, 30000, 17500, 22000, 10125, 68123, 8450, 13050, 18432, 7000, 17250, 13500, 7000, 35000, 57000, 10000, 15000, 51567, 25129, 8000, 16000, 13000, 7288, 10000, 22000, 13000, 2000000, 5000, 60000, 9100, 50000, 50335, 32000, 5000, 8205, 17257, 20000, 6150, 7150, 40000, 25000, 14000, 20000, 15000, 7900, 10343, 12000, 30000, 10000, 9000, 10653, 110000, 11000, 50000, 25550, 31200, 5850, 30000, 19493, 32000, 5500, 10550, 35000, 1200, 11000, 30160, 9400, 1030, 23115, 13008, 8505, 4064, 5600, 6245, 100000, 22500, 15000, 35000, 10000, 100000, 2000, 23000, 6000, 8500, 25520, 11000, 52126, 2424, 20000, 10000, 20150, 7100, 120500, 72000, 20000, 20401, 11298, 110000, 9465, 5820, 4930, 20791, 32500, 40000, 60000, 31500, 4100, & 33000.

(edited to condense the list)

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roadnut wrote:

Whoa...hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we aren't at 5,000,000 quite yet. The official count is..... 4,991,175. I went thru (yes, I'm home sick and bored), and recalculated the numbers. Due to some adding errors along the way, we are slightly below where we thought we were. I'm sure we can find someone with several thousand lights to push us over the 5 mil mark again!!!

Yep, you're right... I checked it too... See? Being sick does have advantages... (Feel better soon!)

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hum forum ate my post.

i had 26,000 lights...

here's an image.. sorry i did the math but it belched.. let me see if it'll post this time...

i was never good at math.. makes me think and that hurts.

ugh.

the image is the before 11pm image.. after that it gets all purple.

post-2038-129570986641_thumb.jpg

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bhays wrote:

4,991,175 + 14,500 = 5,005,675

Woohoo...I put us over 5,000,000....

No, let's get this back on track here...

4,991,175 + 10,670 = 5,001,845 (EAB)

5,001,845 + 70,000 = 5,071,845 (thyno)

5,071,845 + 14,500 = 5,086,345 (bhays)

Okay, so now we're at 5,086,345 Next?

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EAB wrote:

roadnut wrote:

Yep, you're right... I checked it too... See? Being sick does have advantages... (Feel better soon!)

Thx. Hate being sick. While on vacation in May 06 I came down with Bronchitis; appearantly it made a Christmas return for me. I took the week off from work (well, only 3 days sick, since I had a scheduled personal day off too). Tried to make it in today, but decided not to push it. I have the time available; might as well use it (although I'm sure my boss will give me heck for it next week!).

I'm going back to bed!!!

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5,186,114 + 20,000 = 5,206,114

Small note here. I feel sorry for those people who have to make all those lights :)

What about the count for how many amps you consume?

It would be interesting to see that number.

Are we drawing enough power to consume all the power @ the Niagara Falls generation stations?

Niagara Falls Total Power Generation Capacity for USA and CANADA = 2,045,000 Kilowatts

See stats here => http://www.iaw.com/~falls/power.html

Kilowatts = Your displays # of amps x 120 volts

If anyone is interested lets start over.

My Stats

20,000Bulbs

110 Amps

13,200 Kilowatts (when all on)

2,045,000 - 13,200 = 2,031,800 (Small dent but I bet we can do it. Kinda a shame though)

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hseeng wrote:

5,186,114 + 20,000 = 5,206,114

Small note here. I feel sorry for those people who have to make all those lights :)

What about the count for how many amps you consume?

It would be interesting to see that number.

Are we drawing enough power to consume all the power @ the Niagara Falls generation stations?

Niagara Falls Total Power Generation Capacity for USA and CANADA = 2,045,000 Kilowatts

See stats here => http://www.iaw.com/~falls/power.html

Kilowatts = Your displays # of amps x 120 volts

If anyone is interested lets start over.

My Stats

20,000Bulbs

110 Amps

13,200 Kilowatts (when all on)

2,045,000 - 13,200 = 2,031,800 (Small dent but I bet we can do it. Kinda a shame though)

Why not start a new thread for the amps? I think we'll have a hard time getting everyone to repost here with their amps.

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hseeng wrote:

What about the count for how many amps you consume?

It would be interesting to see that number.

Are we drawing enough power to consume all the power @ the Niagara Falls generation stations?

Niagara Falls Total Power Generation Capacity for USA and CANADA = 2,045,000 Kilowatts

See stats here => http://www.iaw.com/~falls/power.html

Kilowatts = Your displays # of amps x 120 volts

I'm a numbers guy ... I'm in for a new thread about power consumption.

After I calc mine, I'll start the thread if someone else hasn't already.

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