The owner of a home blazing with 45,000 lights choreographed to festive music with a techno beat has won a national home lighting contest.
Darryl Lambert of Georgetown, Ont., has been named Canada’s Most Outrageous Holiday Home Decorator after a two-week nationwide online search by OutrageousLights.ca in which Canadians nominated homes they felt worthy of recognition.
Lambert’s home in Georgetown, 20 minutes west of Toronto, also includes nearly 1,000 metres of extension cord, 230 dimmer channels, 26,000 LEDs and more than 10,000 mini lights.
If that’s not enough, another feature of the display is that visitors can tune their car radios to an FM radio signal to hear the synchronized music.
Lambert has been adding to his display for nearly 15 years.
He credits his family, friends and neighbours for the success of his annual light show. In 2009, a donation box erected in front of the house raised nearly $8,000 for the Georgetown hospital foundation.
“If we didn’t have understanding and supportive neighbours, our annual light display wouldn’t be possible,” said Lambert.
“They see how happy it makes people and they know it’s become an important fundraiser for our community hospital.”
Lambert’s home was chosen from a list of eight finalists.
Runners-up include Maisie’s Christmas House in Edmonton and the home of Cynthia and Ron Demers in Milton, Ont., which boasts 31 elaborately decorated Christmas trees.
Lambert wins $1,000 worth of Christmas movie memorabilia donated by RetroFestive.ca, including a life-size leg lamp inspired by the movie A Christmas Story, and a set of Clark Griswold moose mugs, like the ones seen in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
The winning home can be viewed at http://bit.ly/fju96W.