Electrician & Plumber • Licensed & Insured • Residential & Commercial • Credit Cards Accepted • Serving the Birmingham, AL area • 24/7 Emergency Service Available

(205) 426-0583

LED Lighting…Lighting Your Way To The Future.

LED lighting. "What exactly is it?" you may ask. Well, the technical definition of LED (light-emitting diode) is a two-lead, semiconductor light source, which emits light through an effect called electroluminescence. Does that sound like a mouthful? Let's take a closer look at how LEDs work, and some questions you may have about converting.

Is LED lighting safe?

If you have ever looked closely at a traditional light bulb, you know that it works by sending electricity through two prongs with a thin strand of wire between them. This is a costly process, which emits more heat than light. In LED lights, the size of this apparatus is in the form of a p-n junction that is reduced to about 1-2 mm in size, using a reflector cavity to produce light. This reduces the amount of heat generated in the bulb. This is what makes LEDs a far safer choice for home lighting for your family.

How do LEDs affect the environment?

For the environmentally conscious, one aspect of LED lighting you will find appealing is the carbon footprint left behind. The typical 40-watt household light bulb will generate around 200 pounds of Co2 emissions per year. The LED equivalent, a 6-watt bulb, only produces around 30 pounds. This is 85% less harmful effects on our planet! Considering that LEDs are also mercury free, they are clearly the superior choice from an ecological point of view.

How long will LEDs last?

This is an important issue, given the initial costs of LED bulbs. While prices are still considerably higher than current lighting options, as with any technology, LEDs are becoming more affordable every day. If you choose a standard 4-pack of 60 watt incandescent lights at around $18, you can expect each bulb to last around 1,200 hours. An 8 watt LED, purchased at around $14 each, has a life span of around 50,000 hours! The comparison is uncanny when it comes to which is the better deal.

In addition to the longevity of LEDs, they are also extremely reliable. Gone are the days of flipping on a light switch and hearing that tell-tale 'POP" and the flash of a bulb blowing. When LEDs are approaching the end of their life, there will be a gradual decrease in the brightness of the light over a period of time.

Will I see a difference in my monthly power bill?

Let's face it....the bottom line matters. Knowing how any decision is going to impact your family's budget is always going to be a main factor in any home improvement or upgrade decision. On average, about 25% of your monthly bill is attributed to light bulb use. Using only standard bulbs, this translates into about $1,000 a year based on the average rate of kilowatt hours (around 12 cents and hour). When replaced with LED lights, this cost drop dramatically to around $120. When we look at the yearly savings of over $800, it becomes even more apparent that LED lighting pays off in the long run.

When looking for ways to stretch your dollar, it often pays to spend more now in order ensure long term savings. In today's world, where the cost of living is constantly on the rise, any investment that saves money by a margin such as this can clearly be seen as the superior choice.

Return to blog

Current Specials

Free Home Electrical Inspection

With any paid electrical repair. A $100 value.
Must use coupon code JELFREEHOME.
Offer does not expire

$200 Off Electrical Panel Upgrade

On Any Electrical Panel Upgrade.
Taxes and dispatch fee additional. Please call for details. Must print this coupon and redeem at time of initial dispatch call.
Offer does not expire

$25 Off Any Electrical Repair

Must mention promo code: 25OFF
Cannot be combined with any other offer. Does not include dispatch fee.
Offer does not expire

Free Second Opinion

on service/breaker upgrades or fuse box repairs.
Must use coupon code JELFREESECONDOPINION.
Offer does not expire

Latest Tips

What is the future of solar power in Alabama?

Monday, January 6, 2020

The sun is the natural source of the most abundant, reliable, and pollution-free power in the world. However, problems with solar power, namely the expensive cost and inconsistent availability, have prevented it from becoming a more utilized energy source. Just like everything, eventually, it will be more affordable for the average homeowner. Could it be the new way people light up their homes in Alabama?

Finish reading What is the future of solar power in Alabama?...

Christmas Safety Tips from an Electrician.

Monday, December 2, 2019

With all of the hustle and bustle activity surrounding the holidays, too often, safety gets ignored as a priority, leaving opportunity for accidents or injuries (including burns) to occur. At John's Electric, we want you to get the most out of your holiday season, and we want your family to feel safe and secure. 

Finish reading Christmas Safety Tips from an Electrician....

About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

  • Angie's List
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • HomeAdvisor
  • Instagram
  • Yellow Pages
  • Yelp

What others say about John's Electric Service

They always are so polite and come whenever I need them to - working around my schedule. A family business that cares about the little man! Great prices and excellent service! Have used them several times and will continue too!

Barb Conner

Google

Aubrey showed up within 30 minutes of my call. Very friendly and great service! I highly recommend Aubrey and John's Electric.

Jerry Mcgalliard

Google

Great company! He called and came out right away. They were on time, did a good job and gave me a good price! Very happy!

Deana C.

HomeAdvisor

Very professional & courteous! Aubrey let me know when he was on his way - great communication & reasonably priced.

Victoria Seale

Google