I don't know about you guys, but I learned everything I know about exterior illumination from Clark Griswold himself!
"250 strands of lights, 100 individual bulbs per strand for a grand total of 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights!" (Sadly I didn't even need to look that quote up on IMDB-- can you tell that I've seen "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" just a few times??) Yes, folks, Clark Griswold may have gone a bit overboard -- I mean he did blind his neighbors and cause a temporary city-wide power outage -- but you cannot accuse him of lacking enthusiasm! Of course, one of the lingering questions I've always had from my hundreds of viewings of this cinematic classic is how in the world the Griswold’s were able to afford what must have been an insane electric bill after powering their 25,000 bulb display for the holiday season??
Estately decided to take it a step further and find out how much dough it would take each state to power a 25,000 LED lights display and a 25,000 incandescent lights display.
So how did D.C., Maryland and Virginia stack up?
In the District, 25,000 holiday LED lights would cost $38 a month to power. For incandescent lights, you'd be looking at a whopping $3,326 a month. Virginia is slightly cheaper at $36 for LED and $3,179 for incandescent, while Maryland is a good bit more at $44 for LED and $3,808 for incandescent.
Louisiana is the cheapest state to power Christmas lights at $30 for LED and $2,582 for incandescent. But exterior illumination would cost you a pretty penny in Hawaii at $86 for LED and $7,552 for incandescent. And if Clark Griswold were to light his house today in his snowy Chicago suburb, it would cost him $38 for LED and $3,309 for incandescent-- pretty similar to what it would cost him in D.C.!
So maybe scale it back a bit from Griswold-level crazy unless you want a whopping electric bill come January! But at least you know D.C. is not the worst place to display your holiday cheer!
P.S. If you have absolutely no earthly idea what I am talking about with all this Griswold exterior illumination business, stop what you are doing, go find a copy of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and get to watching!