75 miles of lights sets world record

An Australian lawyer has set a world record by stringing up almost 1.2 million Christmas lights in the centre of the national capital.

Guinness World Records confirmed the 75 miles of multicoloured wire strung in the shape of three interconnected giant, wrapped Christmas gifts in a Canberra shopping mall was the largest ever image made of LED lights.

Lawyer David Richards assembled the light show with the help of an army of volunteers and powers it with electricity donated by a local power company.

He set a Guinness World Record a year ago for the most Christmas lights on a residential property by cocooning his Canberra home with 502,165 bulbs.

However, traffic jams in his neighbourhood created by 75,000 sightseers who visited the display over four weeks made it difficult for his family to get to and from their home. “I couldn’t do it again to my neighbours or my family,” Mr Richards explained.

The latest light show will be open to the public free of charge from today until New Year’s Eve.

Visitors to the 2013 light show donated AUS $138,000 (€94,000) to a Canberra Sudden Infant Death Syndrome counselling and support service.

Mr Richards said he expects donations to the SIDS and Kids ACT charity will be higher with the bigger and more spacious display.

The 1,194,380 twinkling bulbs arranged since Wednesday beat the previous record set in Shurtan in southern Uzbekistan by 181,540 lights.


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