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The Future of Electrical Outlets is Here

With the ever changing modernization of life, we have more and more electronics at home, which means more and more Electrical Outlets, Sockets and Switches to keep them running. The latest options in power outlets go far beyond just a place to plug in a toaster. Here are some new innovative and cool Electrical Outlet designs, which could help you keep the mess of wires in check and get a whole lot more from your electrical outlets.

Tab The Power Strip

With this design, you purchase only the number of tabs you will need for your electronics. Each tab connects to the next and can be removed and used individually or rearranged as needed. The strip can be purchased with corresponding stickers to label each device being used for ease of use and mobility. The tabs include energy efficient LED lighting for ease of use and easier access.

Put Your Power on a Timer

The Belkin TimeOutlet concept is a modular, stackable surge protector divided into 4 quadrants. Each section corresponds to a time of day. When that time is over, power is cut from everything in the first quadrant and power turns on in the next. This is great for electronics that may be turned off but still using power while being plugged in. This commonly occurs with items like toasters, coffee makers, microwaves and lamps.

Power Outlets with USB Ports Built In

Instead of having to unplug a device to plug in your phone charger, these outlets come with the option of plugging in only your USB cord, without disrupting the operation of plugged in devices. Most of these outlets come with two USB ports, so that a total of 4 devices can be operating simultaneously. Ports are powered by smart chips that recognize the requirements of an inserted device to optimize charging accordingly.

Outlets with Built in LED Lights

These outlets are a plug-and-play replacement for the standard plug-in night lights and hardwired guide lights found on the market today; they install within seconds and require no wires or batteries. Designed to look like and replace the standard outlet cover plate, these LED light outlets are equipped with light emitting diodes (LEDs) to provide illumination in the dark while keeping both sockets available for use at all times. For convenience, most of these outlets include a light sensor that automatically turns the LEDs on in the dark and off in the light.

When you're ready to move into the future and get out of the old boring electrical outlet routine, contact our experts to discuss the best options for you.

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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.

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What others say about John's Electric Service

Aubrey and Jeremy were awesome! I have an old house with old wiring and needed to install a new Range and above Range Microwave. They worked very hard to run new wiring to the breaker box in the basement, installed new plugs, and installed the appliances with great care.

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What a pleasure it was dealing with Aubrey of John's electric! We had a breaker that would not reset. Aubrey arrived at our house at exactly the time he said he would. He had the problem diagnosed in under a minute and had us back to normal with all of our garage outlets in under 5 minutes. I know that all service calls can't go that quickly, but he sure found the problem right away and got it fixed immediately. I would strongly recommend this company.

Drew Simpson
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Solved a problem thus restoring my power to some areas of my house

Had a number of outlets not working and lost AC in 97 degree weather--he came twice the 1st time approx 1hr 20 minutes--wasn't able to locate problem---this I put on myself as I was unaware of putting a breaker box behind a vanity that hadn't been move since purchase of my house. Second visit after some search found problem 1hr

OK the skinny--I think he was professional--on time

Was upfront on costs

Problem once the second box was located was an easy fix so thought a touch high on price--that said it was upfront and had I had the answer to location as I should have I think the billing would be much lower so will put this on myself. In other words I don't think he would have ripped me off

Bonus was after having 4 others trying to blame AC and being told I needed a new one---he said everything in my problems was electrical--and viewing my AC said it was fine--no need of new unit--for the moment if right saving me $$$$

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

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