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These Motion-Activated Christmas Lights Become Intensely Bright to Scare Off Intruders

‘Tis the season for Christmas parties, leaving many homes empty and prime targets for burglars while revelers are away visiting family and friends. But there’s nothing to worry about if you’ve decorated your home with these festive, motion-activated Christmas lights that crank to 12,000 lumens of brightness to scare off intruders. Read More >>

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The Surprisingly American History of Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are a historic tradition, but did you know the first electric Christmas lights appeared in America? The tradition itself embodies a certain American-ness, an ingenuity and hunger for innovation that's easily overlooked. Plus the whole process of going way over the top that we've come to recognise as a uniquely American activity. Read More >>

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Show Us Your Crazy Christmas Decorations

Every year, my parents' street goes all-out for Christmas. We're talking, trees wrapped in lights from trunk to top, teams of reindeer on display, and even a house with giant, moving jack-in-the-box effigies of every family member moving in sync with carols. Have you seen similar stuff? We want to see it. Read More >>

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Japanese Christmas Light Displays are Simultaneously Absurd and Calming

In south Japan, Mie prefecture is rocking 7 million LED Christmas lights. Hence the awesome light tunnel above. "Illuminations" or Christmas light displays have been a big deal in Japan since the 1980s. But there's something a lot more contemplative about these lights compared to some of the spectacles in the US. Read More >>

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This Blinding 502,165 Christmas Light Display is in Someone’s Home

Ready for a big number? 502,165. That's the number of LED lights the family of David and Janean Richards in Canberra, Australia has decked its home in order to clinch the 2013 Guinness World Record for most Christmas lights in one display. Whoa. Read More >>

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Watch Christmas Lights Recreate Star Trek‘s ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’ Effect

Even non-Star Trek fans have dreamed about teleporting away to space by just saying Beam Me Up, Scotty. And though it's unlikely to ever happen in our lifetimes (prove me wrong smart people!), the special effects maestro Shanks FX has cooked up a slick way to recreate the Star Trek teleportation effect with Christmas lights. Read More >>

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Of Course There Is a House With a Christmas Lights Show Set to Gangnam Style

Gangnam Style has over 800 million views on YouTube, so it's only fitting that a house has its Christmas Lights set to the South Korean horse-dancing song. Watch it, it's kinda amazing how well it works. I guess Gangnam Style can be the new Jingle Bells? [YouTube via BuzzFeed] Read More >>

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Where Christmas Lights Go to Die

Welcome to Shijiao. It's a bustling town in China that just so happens to be the unofficial capital of dead and unwanted Christmas lights. According to The Atlantic, 20 million pounds of old Christmas lights make it through Shijao every year. What the heck for? Read More >>

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North Korea Is Threatening South Korea with "Psychological Warfare" Because of Christmas Lights

If there was ever such a thing as a country run by Grinches, North Korea would be that country. Why? Well, according to the BBC, North Korea has warned neighboring South Korea of "unexpected consequences" if South Korea decides to light up Christmas trees near their border. Read More >>

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How Christmas Tree Lights Evolved from Major to Mild Fire Hazard

Before our Christmas tree lighting needs were taken care of with £20 and a trip to Argos, creating the atmosphere meant placing candles—wax towers topped with fire—onto seasonal kindling. Think it's frightening now when your dog tugs a branch? Just imagine your living room bursting into flames for the sake of Christmas cheer. Read More >>