This is the light display in the 1500 block of Ben King Road that Richard B. Taylor has set up for this holiday season.
Photo: Richard B. Taylor/Submitted
Photo: Richard B. Taylor/Submitted

This Cobb home has a free Christmas display with 500,000 lights

Richard B. Taylor’s first Christmas light display outside his Kennesaw home started in 1988 with a mess of melted wires on a stick tree.

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He’s figured it out since then.

This year’s set-up features more than 500,000 lights drawing more than 900 amps, said Taylor, who lives in the 1500 block of Ben King Road.



That’s an increase of 150,000 lights from last year.

Taylor said on the light display’s website (yes, this thing has its own website) that they bought items from a family in Tennessee that has discontinued its display.

This is the light display in the 1500 block of Ben King Road that Richard B. Taylor has set up for this holiday season.
Photo: Richard B. Taylor

The accountant says he has about 700 feet of road frontage to work with. The yard has 20 trees in all. They have 60 fully decorated holly bushes shaped into Christmas trees.  


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According to Taylor, it took about 1,000 hours to install the display this year.



Here are a few other stats on the massive Christmas light display:

  • The display includes over 6,000 strings of lights.

  • Most of the lights that are not in trees are LED lights.

  • All of the lights in the trees are a combination of Constant Incandescent or LED lights.

  • It takes over 30 hours to connect everything and meter each circuit once everything has been put in place.

  • All the lights and extension cords placed end to end could reach to Downtown Atlanta and back.

  • Cost components from largest to smallest: Cost of Labor, Lights and materials, rental of lift, electricity.

More info: The lights and music are available from 6-11 p.m. daily. The light display will run until Jan. 1 at the Taylor home, located at 1510 Ben King Road, Kennesaw.


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