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Holdman says enthusiasts need at least 10,000 lights for a modest animated light show; again, shop post-Christmas sales. And contrary to popular perception, the electric bill isn’t the biggest expense when setting up a light display. Holdman says it’s the software and controllers that add up.
"If you’re starting from scratch, plan on spending $3,000 to $5,000 at a minimum," Holdman said.
Richard Holdman offers tips for putting lights on a tree.
This year, Holdman has focused all of his creative energy on brightening others’ properties; he’s only strung lights on one tree in his own yard (although that single tree has 1,800 lights). But he still has ambitions.
"Driving down a street and seeing every house with Christmas lights on is so rare to see," Holdman said. "One of my dreams is to get a whole street and synchronize every house. If anyone’s interested, let’s talk."
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