In 2007 we had over 63,000 teal and pink Outdoor Christmas Lights, including almost 200 "blow mold" characters, two dozen "blow ups", some of them 15 feet high, and a train large enough for a child to ride.
The whole thing took about six (6) weeks to set up, was first lit on Saturday December 8th 2006 at 6:00 PM, and will be on every night until Friday January 4th at Midnight. Every night a different young child comes to push the button on our wireless remote to turn on the lights. I don't have exact calculations for this year yet, but last year we were pulling 198.3 Amps on leg A of our 200 amp electrical service, and 198.5 on leg B.
The roof alone has over 10,000 lights that run off of two computers on a dedicated 60 Amp sub panel. Every night I change/replace between 100 and 150 light bulbs to keep everything "burning bright"
Here is the first 2 minutes we shot of the setup for 2008. It was a nice day and like usual, Neil had friends and family over to lend a hand. It takes many hours of preparation to make things right. Be sure to come out of December 6th to see it at night at 6:00pm sharp.
This is some raw footage of the guys setting for the Big 2008-2009 Light Show. As you can see from this video, we get allot of help from friends and family. It takes quite a bit of time to set everything up just right.
Check out the light video we shot in 2007. This was shot with a Canon XL1 with a 3XL lens using a 10ft jib/crane. The crane really makes the shots looks so much better. We do have a stedicam however the crane shots are more suitable with this type of content.
See more at www.thatsalotoflights.com
17 Sep 2009, 15:44
Comments from our viewers
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and now have the funds to install the additional flex-capacitor and the
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fission reactor so you can run an extra 1,000,000 watts this year. Good
luck and keep up the great work.
15 Sep 2009, 15:58
Neil though I am going to have my hands full with a new elf this year I can
not wait to make my annual stop this year. Hope planning has begun and
things are shaping up. Please let me know if there are any special kids
who want me to come out to see them.
15 Sep 2009, 15:41
So when do we get to start riding the train and warming it up for the new
04 Jun 2009, 19:53
The article on antibiotics are very good.
08 Mar 2009, 20:24
You crazy bastage .. Haven't seen you in damn near 20 years and I gotta
find you on the internet .. get back to me
21 Feb 2009, 04:44
Laura lou Ingel
Great Job WE Love the lights ThankYou!
AFFORDABLE GRASS CUTTING
30 Jan 2009, 11:11
OMFG i need to change my paints
19 Jan 2009, 21:55
This is hysterical Neil! Hope to get out next year to see the lights with
the boys - nice job!
19 Jan 2009, 15:26
I think he has it in for you Pengi. You should really consider demanding a
raise next year.
14 Jan 2009, 12:45
Renee Antoanitis (Bobberts Niece)
Hey, it's January 15th, I'm freezing my cubes off out here. Any plans to
unhook me so I can go in? I know you think we like the cold, but this is
02 Jan 2009, 13:49
I love Neil he is amazing and i love going to visit his house every
christmas good job. =)
01 Jan 2009, 13:41
Dina S. Erickson
This year is my first visit and I've been there a few times this season. I
love it! Thanks for all you do!
28 Dec 2008, 20:45
the lights were great, it was nice to see you and your wonderful family
again this year. Carl was so excited that he got to turn the lights on
See you later.
Pete, Dina and Carl
22 Dec 2008, 13:54
Wow! I don't know why you do what you do, but THANK YOU! Me and my son
really enjoyed all of your hard work, it's beautiful.
17 Dec 2008, 13:46
I am planning on coming out right now. I know they are calling for rain
all day Friday in the area but if it holds off or ends by 6:30 I will be
17 Dec 2008, 13:45
Pengi make sure you get a shot of it I am making a run at another ride on
the train. Should be some good footage.
17 Dec 2008, 12:50
I don't know about Santa, but I'll be outfront with my top secret hidden
"pengi-cam" capturing all the action.
17 Dec 2008, 12:48
I heard a rumor that Santa will be back at my house on Friday December 19,
from 6:30-7:30 PM. Can anyone confirm?
15 Dec 2008, 09:20
Thank you to all who came to see me this weekend. Please remember to tell
everyone Santa will there again this Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30 pm.
13 Dec 2008, 08:16
Pengi you did a great job of standing out there all night last night. Did
you see all the lights that were out? I can not believe how much he is
slacking with fixing the lights. Hope to see you tonight.
12 Dec 2008, 13:40
Santa will be out between 6:30 and 7:30
12 Dec 2008, 13:32
What time will Santa be out there?
12 Dec 2008, 08:32
Hey Neil, Just stopped by to say thanks for inviting me over I can not wait
to come back again and hope to see all the little ones out there tonight
and tomorrow night. Hope all is well.
11 Dec 2008, 13:26
I like that Gingerbread Village. Is that new this year? It's lovely
11 Dec 2008, 12:32
Sounds good to me. I think I will stand out there and be sure to point out
all the bulbs that are out all night long.
11 Dec 2008, 12:11
Exact-a-mundo Train Man! I'll be standing out front all night long, rain
or shine, just to make a point. I'm bringing a half of dozen Alaskan
Americans with me for support. I bet they try to get us a a RICO
10 Dec 2008, 10:35
Right on Pengi, I hear you. I hear Santa will be there this weekend I say
we protest show him we mean business.
09 Dec 2008, 17:59
"Alaskan American", what the hell was that comment about? Next you're
going to say we all look alike! Blomold this ! !
09 Dec 2008, 08:30
Thanks for the help that is all you offer up. No glad to see you are doing
better, not even a get well soon card. See if I test the train for you
09 Dec 2008, 00:12
That guy is out of his mind, his electric bill must be outrageous!!! I will
have to take a ride out there and check out the light show. Good job Ray
08 Dec 2008, 12:27
Thanks to everyone for all of the help setting up, I couldn't do it
withiout you all. I hope you watched Ray's best work ever (the video) and
08 Dec 2008, 09:58
Hey just thought I would let you know the burns have healed nicely. Hope
the train is back in one piece. When can I come ride it again?
07 Dec 2008, 19:15
Hey Neil. I'm really sorry we could not make it last night. I just
watched your interview and laughed so hard I woke the baby up! I will be
up soon and will stop by so you can meet little miss Natalie. Miss you
guys! Love, Jodi and Natalie Rose
07 Dec 2008, 16:19
heyyy neil ur light show this year was awlsome well keep up the good work
and ill see u around I LOVE THE GABLES
07 Dec 2008, 03:08
Nice Job, very nice
07 Dec 2008, 03:02
I saw the lights tonight and they were wonderful. Thanks Neil, you did a
fantastic job as usual. Keep up the great work.