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Kansas City has some wonderful holiday light displays that will really get you into the spirit of the season. Fusion Electric has collected the best so you can load the kids (or your sweetie) in the car, drive through and grab some hot chocolates or coffees, and set your GPS to find them all! Happy holidays from Fusion Electric!
1. Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting
November 24, 2017 – Jan. 2, 2018
Crown Center Area
Address: Crown Center Ice Terrace,
2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
This is the perfect way to kick off the season! The 100-foot-tall Mayor’s Christmas tree is dazzling and the ceremony is free. Mayor Sly James and a celebrity guest will flip the switch to light the tree. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. Fun fact – after the holidays, the wood from the Mayor’s Christmas tree is made into commemorative ornaments and are sold the following year to benefit the Mayor’s Christmas tree fund, which is dedicated to helping the city’s less fortunate.
2. 88th Annual KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony
Thursday, November 23, 2017 – Jan. 14, 2018
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Main Stage at Nichols Road & Pennsylvania
by Brio Tuscan Grille (502 Nichols Rd, Kansas City, MO 64112)
The Plaza never looks better than when it’s lit up with holiday lights! This year’s Thanksgiving day ceremony features performances by some of the Kansas City region’s most notable performers. The KCP&L main show will feature performances by Casi Joy, Isaac Cates and Ordained, Blue Valley High School Chamber Singers, KC A Cappella, the KCP&L Plaza Lights singers and dancers and The Elders.If you can’t make the turkey day celebration, you can watch it broadcast live on KSHB-TV from 6-7 followed by fireworks. Then, visit the Plaza daily from 5pm to 3am from Thanksgiving day through January 14th to take in all 15 blocks of twinkling lights.
If you want to see the Plaza Lights like never before,consider the Country Club Plaza Flights. This helicopter tour allows you to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Kansas City Plaza lights.
3. Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead Light Display
WHEN: November 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm nightly
WHERE: Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead
13800 Switzer Rd. Overland Park, KS 66221
This is a 38-minute light show synchronized with music. Just pull into the main entrance of the Farmstead and turn off your lights. Tune your radio to 90.5 Rose FM to watch the animated display move in sync with festive holiday music. Great for everyone, but especially for families with small children. The show is so spectacular it was even featured on the HGTV show “All Out Christmas.” Make it a holiday tradition.
More Magic Around Town
Because the KC Metro is so large, you may want to stick to light displays close to home. Pick the ones that are close, or make it an adventure to find them all! They are worth the drive.
Lee’s Summit Magic Tree
WHEN: November 23, 2017 – January 6, 2018
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm nightly
WHERE: I-470 and View High Drive
With over 12,000 lovely LED lights sparkling incessantly, the Lee’s Summit Magic Tree is less Christmas tree and more rainbow of light that will take your breath away.
Guests can take family photos in front of the tree with donations accepted for Lee’s Summit Social Services, an organization that helps families in need or you can even leave non-perishable food donations when you visit. It’s a great way to remind yourself and your family that there are others in need this time of year and a great way to teach your kids about giving – after all, that’s what the season is all about!
The Liberty Light Show
WHEN: Shows featuring live musicians – Dec 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10 (15-minute shows beginning at 6:00 pm, 6:45 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:15 pm, 9:00 pm.)
Automated shows without the live musicians will run December 11 through December 24 through 11 pm
WHERE: Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 MO-291, Liberty, MO 64068
We don’t know of another drive-through Christmas light show that features live musicians! This 15-minute show is synchronized to live musicians for the first two weekends of December. Load up the family and enjoy it from the coziness of your own car. You can listen to the live music through the radio. The light show is completely free to the community. No reservations are needed. Just pull into the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church parking lot and attendants will direct you to park.
Christmas in the Park
WHEN: Nov. 22, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2017
Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11:00
WHERE: Longview Lake Park (3217 SW Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081)
Drive through Longview Lake Park and admire the lights and displays. This is a popular destination during the holiday season, so go on a weeknight if you want to avoid a long line. Beware of deer when driving there as the park is full of them.
Vince & Associates Animated Lights
WHEN: Nov. 21 – Dec. 25, 2017
WHERE: Vince & Associates Clinical Research (10103 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS 66212)
This year’s light show will have over 200,000 lights using 750 channels of individual control to animate the display making it one of the largest in the metropolitan area. The lighting is an interactive display set to music. Just tune the radio to 96.9FM and enjoy! You can even donate if you like with proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Foundation and Children’s Mercy.
The best place to view the display is from the Emmanuel Baptist Church parking lot (10100 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66212) directly across the street from the Vince & Associates Clinical Research campus.
Festive Neighbors & Neighborhoods Worth the Drive:
Some homeowners and even small neighborhoods go all out for the holidays. Check out these single homes or small communities that make our neighborhoods festive and fun!
- Christmas Place: 8900 block 131st Place, Overland Park, KS
- Candy Cane Lane 7900 Block of Outlook St., Prairie Village, KS
- Paulie’s Penguin Playground 16617 Indian Creek Pkwy, Olathe, KS
- Christmas Card Lane West of Ridgeview & North of 151st St., Olathe, KS
Enjoy the holiday season and get out to see some of these amazing light displays. If you need any help with anything electrical this winter, give Fusion Electric a call at (913) 648-9487 or contact us online.
When you’re remodeling your home, it’s easy to forget that you probably need to hire an electrician too. A remodeling project requires a lot of work from you, your building contractor, and your electrician. Without the work of a licensed electrician you could end up with some big problems. Fusion Electric gives you the top five reasons you should call us the next time you need electrical help.
1. You Could Cause More Problems
Many homeowners go into it with the best intentions and try to fix things around the house. We often get called in to correct the work of DIYers like loose wires and circuits, connecting the wrong wires, or overloading your electrical panel. These could all potentially cause a lot of damage if not fixed immediately. While you may be super handy and knowledgeable about home improvement, you’ll never be as well trained as a professional electrician.
The next time you have an electrical problem, or want to add the latest and greatest gadget to your lineup of home entertainment devices, just play it safe. This is one area in your life where it pays to be cautious, sort of like insurance, and hire one of the best Kansas City electricians. Let Fusion Electric be your electrical insurance policy and keep your home and family safe.
2. Junction Boxes Can Get Covered
This is a very common problem in remodeling projects, new additions, and even new builds. Many times, without the guidance of a licensed electrician, your contractor or builder will cover up your junction boxes, which is where your wires connect to an outlet or ceiling light fixture. This is not only a pain, because you’ll have to cut a hole in your drywall to get to it again, but if you forget where it is located, and never find it, it can become a fire hazard for your home. You should never have open wires exposed behind your walls. If they get heated, or snag on insulation or wood, it could start a fire.
3. Improperly Sized Wiring
Another issue we see a lot in remodeling projects gone wrong, is wiring that isn’t sized correctly for your home’s needs. The size of your breaker will determine the type and size of wires needed in your home, but oftentimes, non-licensed electricians will go the cheap route and install whatever wire they can find for a lesser price. Or other times, they simply have no idea that wire size matters. But you end up paying later when your circuit breaker blows and you’re without power until you get a proper electrician to address the problem.
4. A Handyman Isn’t the Same Thing
We highly suggest you choose a licensed electrician over a handyman when it comes to your remodeling and building projects in the future. A handyman may be able to take care of lots of problems in your home, but that doesn’t mean he’s trained and knowledgeable on all of them. Fusion Electric’s electricians are highly trained and educated on the latest electrical procedures and codes. We will be sure to do the job right the first time, which saves you money and keeps your family safer. Isn’t that worth the peace of mind?
5. Electrical Work Can Be Dangerous
The number one reason to call a professional electrician is safety. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) more than 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents occur every year. Your health is more important and realistically, that hospital bill will probably cost more than hiring a professional in the first place. Some smaller projects, like replacing your outlet plate are easy and cheap to do, it’s really better to leave most of the work up to a professionally licensed electrician who you can trust to get the job done right.
Call Fusion Electric at (913) 563-7975 or contact us online the next time you need electrical work done in your home.
We’ve all heard the story about how electricity was discovered by Ben Franklin with a kite and a key. If that alone didn’t spark your interest on this vast subject, maybe these fun facts will. The team at Fusion Electric put together these current tidbits (see what we did there?) and fun facts about electricity to tickle your brain and make you sound smart during random conversations at cocktail parties. Enjoy!
- Electricity travels very fast: more specifically, at the speed of light, going more than 186,000 miles per second.
- Electricity can be made from wind, water, sun, and even animal waste. How? Waste is collected and heated, creating methane gas, which is used to power generators and create electricity.
- The first power plant was owned by Thomas Edison in 1882 and was opened in New York City.
- Electricity plays an important role in how your heart functions. Muscle cells in the heart become contracted by electricity that runs throughout our body.
- Though electric cars are becoming more popular, the first car to run solely on electricity was built many years ago in 1891 by inventor William Morrison.
- A typical microwave uses more energy displaying the time on its clock than it does heating food.
- Water does not conduct electricity on its own; the impurities found in water are what makes it conduct electricity.
- Coordinated power shut offs such as Earth Day are thought to actually increase carbon dioxide emissions instead of decrease them as power companies struggle to cope with the fluctuating energy use.
- A refrigerator uses less energy than a Playstation 3 during game play.
- Enough sunlight reaches the earth’s surface every minute to satisfy the world’s energy demands for a whole year.
- One ceiling fixture can use between $2,000 and $5,000 of electricity over its lifespan.
- Wind energy has become the top source of electricity in the United States, providing almost 42% of all generating capacities.
Call Fusion Electric at (913) 563-7975 or contact us online if you need help with anything electrical, either residential or commercial. We are proud to service the Kansas City area and look forward to helping you!
Fusion Electric isn’t the only business offering electrical services available to serve Kansas City. But we are the electricians you should choose to handle all your electrical needs. Fusion Electric, locally owned and operated, offers a variety of residential and commercial electrical services, everything from simple electrical repairs to complex upgrades and installations.
Fusion Electric Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award!
We are very proud to be an Angie’s List Super Service Award recipient for 2016. This award reflects an exemplary year of customer service and gives us another feather in our cap when it comes to giving Kansas Citians the kind of service they want and deserve. But there are many other reasons to choose Fusion!
We Are Licensed and Fully Insured
We’re licensed and certified by the state which indicates that we have successfully completed a rigorous licensing process. This process demonstrates that we’re qualified to serve our community professionally and safely. Being licensed also means we are properly trained, current on all national, state, and local codes, and carry proper insurance and bonds.
Fusion Electric is insured to protect you, your house or your business, from any and all damage (or injury) if such should occur during our work.
We Handle Electrical Solutions Big & Small
We’re proud to say our electricians are experienced in all phases of installation and troubleshooting. We’re experts in assisting homeowners with everything from installing a ceiling fan to upgrading a breaker box. Our electricians work very hard to make sure problems are solved and solutions work the way you want them to.
We Give Homeowners Practical Advice
Between our years of work in the electrical field and our own personal experiences in our homes, we understand what it’s like to need help with all things electrical and what it’s like to do without electrical conveniences and necessities as a result.
That’s why we treat each project as if it were in our home or our place of business. We try to offer practical electrical solutions to common household problems to make your life easier like hidden outlets to save counter space, USB ports in outlets for convenient electronics charging, floor outlets to get rid of annoying wires, etc. We approach each project we’re given with urgency and care, striving to do the best job we can and do each job correctly and with safety in mind.
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We Are Paperless
Not only is going paperless good for the environment, it’s good for our customers too! With our new tablets, our electricians will be able to process your credit card payments on the spot, right in front of your eyes. Plus, no pesky receipts to file or keep track of. Plus, it makes our jobs easier internally. We can pull up your account information quickly on the computer and figure out how we can best meet your needs quickly and conveniently.
We Make Sure Your Home Is Safe
Honesty and integrity are very important to us. We’re not trying to sell you something you don’t need. We offer advice to ensure your electrical system is running efficiently and safely. We keep up to date with the latest systems and technologies to make sure you have the information you need to make informed choices for your home or business.
We Offer Upfront Pricing
There are no surprises on your bill. At Fusion Electric, we do the job right and we do the job fast. We provide estimates for our work and pride ourselves in offering our customers fair prices. Great service shouldn’t be shocking. Nor should the bill.
We Provide Genuine Client Satisfaction
At Fusion Electric, we work hard to provide you with top quality service and the best products for your home’s needs and safety. We take real pride in our work and in serving our community. We will respect your time and answer any questions you have. We will do the job quickly, correctly, and safely.
Above all, we’ll work hard to make sure you’re completely satisfied with the project.