Electricians set Lansing on fire in front of Silver Bells

LANSING, Michigan – Silver Bells in the City is just around the corner and the International Brotherhood of Electricians has begun illuminating downtown Lansing.

Jim Spitz, Deputy Managing Director of IBEW 665, has been setting up lights for 20 years.

“You looked forward to seeing the same people every year,” said Spitz. “Then at the big Silver Bells event, you can see all the little kids … And to be able to come down and see all the lights and the Christmas parade and just be part of the community is great.”

But an electrician found a way to really soak up the Christmas cheer while working.

“When I do Christmas lights downtown for Silver Bells in town, I like to be Eddie the Elf,” said Ed White, a journeyman at IBEW 665.

Buckled in a seatbelt that hangs high above the city, White dresses from head to toe in a green elf costume.

“I think it surprises people and puts them in the Christmas spirit. And it’s a very good icebreaker when I enter these buildings. “

Margaret Cahill

Strapped to a seat belt, White Lights hangs on the roof of Louie.

White and the IBEW spend weeks climbing dozens of buildings like the Michigan Retailers Association, Davenport University, and the Chase Bank building – for a total of 14,000 lights over two miles.

“It’s nice to walk around and just see people looking up and pointing at the kids and pointing at the tree,” White said. “It’s just Christmas magic.”

White said the lights will be installed over the next two weeks and will shine brightly for the Silver Bells in the City celebration on November 19th.

The 14,000 lights are hung 10 inches apart.

Margaret Cahill

The 14,000 lights are hung 10 inches apart.

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