Getting Lit for the Holidays
We always love seeing how festive some folks in the Birmingham area become when the holidays approach.
Michael Rice is a resident of Lake Forest in Alabaster. For the third year in a row, he’s showing that—if there’s any competition for who can put on the most dazzling display of Christmas lights—Michael’s going to be tough to beat:
You can see Michael’s display for yourself by pulling up to in front of his home on Sugarberry Dr any evening between now and New Year’s. Don’t be surprised if you see him outside, tweaking or adjusting, to try and make his assortment of over 40,000 lights even more impressive.
“It’s a process. You have to get it right, or you’re blowing fuses, popping breakers and having cords melting down,” Rice said, noting that he strictly follows national electrical code standards.
He has installed ten circuit breakers with 20 receptacles and estimates he’s using over 3,000 feet of extension cords.
“Power is my limitation,” Rice said. “You can’t plug in more than three sets of lights together.”
Rice doesn’t use any commercial lighting, but instead uses only off-the-shelf consumer lights. “I buy everything from WalMart.”
The lighting project grows every year, with Rice estimating he invests between $500 and $600 a year.