We present a study of residence time statistics for $N$ blinking quantum dots. With numerical simulations and exact calculations we show sharp transitions for a critical number of dots. In contrast to expectation the fluctuations in the limit of $N \to \infty$ are non-trivial. Besides quantum dots our work describes residence time statistics in several other many particle systems for example $N$ Brownian particles. Our work provides a natural framework to detect non-ergodic kinetics from measurements of many blinking chromophores, without the need to reach the single molecule limit
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