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Holiday lights, how much do they really cost? - KOAM TV 7

Holiday lights, how much do they really cost?

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 You'll notice homes covered in bright lights. But have you ever wondered how much it costs to keep them lit?

The Corbett Family in Diamond,Missouri has more than 50,000 lights around their home, plus 20 inflatables,and yards of extension cords.  

 "I wanted to do something and decided to do a little more, and a little more, and it never seemed like there was enough so I had to keep doing it," said homeowner Michael Corbett.

A service manager by day, a light enthusiast by night, Corbett says he's spent more than 300 hours putting up lights, and various holiday decorations.

"I'm looking at right at 2,000 plus feeds of extension cords I stopped counting lights at 50,000," saysCorbett.

Experts have advice, starting with the type of lights you decide to purchase.

Electric associations say incandescent lights will save you cash at the register, but your electric bill could be more.

LED lights have a higher up-front cost, but will have a much lower impact on your monthly electric bill.

Some experts say you can even use a mathematical formula to figure out the exact cost.

Corbett couldn't tell us exactly how much his electric bill is, but he says it's not about the money.

"It gives me a lot of pleasure for people to just stop and look at the lights." 

The Corbett family invites you to come see the display - 5777 Kodiak Rd Diamond, MO

Mathematical Formula: (# of watts/1000) X (# of hours) X (#of days) X 0.23 per kilowatt-hour = cost to operate your strand of lights

Links to help:http://www.christmas-light-source.com/Christmas-Lights-Electricity-Cost-Calculator_c_214.html

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