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My 2011 Display

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It's finally complete! This is by far the biggest I have ever gone with my display! I must have really gotten in the Christmas spirit this year...

This years total comes to 26,227 lights! Thats nearly 3 times my largest display is the past of about 9,000 lights!

Blow mold count comes to 66. I probably added at least 20 molds this year including the entire choir, several new snowmen and Santas, the wiremen and shepherd for the nativity and the Santa Sleigh and Reindeer.

Total power draw is sitting right about 95 amps. When the house was built it was know that someday I would want to go big so there are 4 20-amp circuits run through conduit out to various parts of the yard as well as 4 20-amp circuits across the front of the house as well as 2 20-amps circuits driving outlets in each of the soffits (upper and lower). All of these circuits go to computer-controlled relays which allows the display to come on entirely at once and can be controlled by manual switch, automatically by the home automation computer, or by remote access using an iPhone.

Here is a link to check out some pics!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157628228834815/

Have a great Christmas and a great Christmas season!

Edited by mdpeterman

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I agree, you take great pictures...My favorite being where the front of the house is centered...beautiful and great display!!

Beautiful photographs. Some would make a great Christmas card.

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Pictures are great and the display is very nice!! I'd love to have a yard that size too!


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Thanks everyone! It was a lot of fun decorating this year. The weather was actually pretty reasonable this year making it nice to be outside decorating for once!

Believe it or not, the pictures were taken with an iPhone 4S with the default settings. It seems to take pretty darn good pictures!

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You put a lot of thought into the display and great execution. Well balanced.

What software are you using for the slide show and how did you upload it ??

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Very impressive! I miss the days of putting up only 8,000 lights. But, it seems the Christmas spirit continues to grow inside and I can't seem to shut it off.

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