Light Switch Installation
If you’re installing a new light fixture, ceiling fan, or exhaust fan, installing a light switch is an important part of the project. Whether it’s a simple replacement, a completely new installation or a rewiring, the switch itself it is more than just the finishing touch. A dimmer switch, timer switch or smart light switch will allow you to carefully control your home’s lighting for ideal and efficient operation.
A light switch installation is a job that should be entrusted to a licensed electrician. Whether replacing a worn or faulty switch, installing a switch to control a newly wired fixture, upgrading to a light switch with special features, or simply swapping out switches to suit a new color scheme, an electrician will ensure your job is done correctly, safely, and as efficiently as possible.
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Prices for replacing light switches typically range from $65 to $125. This varies depending on the type of switch and whether any changes are made to your home’s wiring. Wiring a completely new fixture and switch could take several hours and cost $400 or more.
Most light switches can be installed in less than a half-hour. However upgrading to a different type of switch, such as a dimmer or timer switch, can take longer. If your home needs rewiring before a switch can be installed or you’re adding a new fixture, installation may take several hours.
If your light switch isn’t working or has been damaged, it may be time to replace it. If you are installing a new light fixture, you’ll need both wiring and a switch installed to power the new device. A licensed electrician will ensure your light switch is installed safely and correctly.
Unless you have previous electrical experience, you should always hire a licensed electrician to complete any electrical work, including installing or replacing a light switch. An electrician will be able to install your switch quickly and safely while identifying any other potential issues that need to be addressed before installing your switch.
Most standard light switches can be replaced with dimmer switches to let you control the brightness of your lighting. However, it’s important to keep in mind that some devices are not designed to function with this type of switch, such as ceiling fans and certain types of light bulbs. Before planning a dimmer light switch installation, check with your electrician to make sure it is compatible with both the fixture and the bulbs you plan to use.
Replacing a light switch with one of the same kind is a common household repair, but some upgrades can help customize the lighting controls for your home. By replacing a single switch with a double switch, you can control multiple fixtures independently. Installing a dimmer switch gives you more precise control of your lighting. Timer switches can turn lights and other fixtures on and off at programmable times, while smart and WiFi light switches allow you to customize and control your home’s lighting remotely.