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What is the Cost to Install Electric Switches?

Electric switches have many applications throughout the home. Whether used to control lights, fans or other appliances, switches vary greatly in type. The nature of electrical work makes hiring a specialized contractor almost always necessary, which can drive up labor costs. In contrast, material costs are generally very low, so most of the cost to install switches will be largely made up of necessary skilled labor.

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National Install a Switch Costs
Average reported cost $141
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Minimum reported cost $55
Maximum reported cost $300
Most homeowners spent between: $112 to $156

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If a new switch is being run where one never existed, costs will be significantly higher. If this application is needed for something such as an addition, labor will increase even more. Electricians are licensed to work on the wiring of your home, and are the only people legally allowed to work on the electricity other than yourself. The more new wiring that needs to be installed, the higher the labor costs are sure to be. Depending on the application of the switch, it will probably need to be wired to an electrical box, and possibly to your circuit breaker. This is not an amateur job by any means as poor wiring can very easily and quickly ignite a fire behind walls that can engulf your home. If your electrician was not licensed, you may not only be left homeless but without any insurance money to rebuild.

Because they are skilled contractors, electricians generally charge appropriately. As a general figure, expect to pay a few hundred dollars to install a switch. The figure may end up being higher, but use of an electrician has other benefits as well. Use of a licensed electrician for even the simplest job comes with the benefit of their advanced knowledge of building codes. As part of their contract, the electrician that performed the work must deal with building inspectors as well as make any necessary repairs.

The hardware needed to install a simple switch should not cost more than $30. This can change dramatically with the application of the switch, and its needs. In a living room, for example, where a switch may control three or more lights and even contain a dimmer switch, a more complex and expensive unit must be used. In addition, this may require more complex wiring that increases labor costs as well.

Last updated on May 19, 2016

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