Perhaps you’re tired of coming in through the front door and having to grapple around in the dark for that elusive light switch. Or maybe, you’re building an extension and you need to install a brand new light switch altogether.
Either way, you’ll want some idea of how much it’s going to cost, right? That’s what we’re here for.
What are the factors that influence the cost to install a light switch?
There are a number of factors that could affect the cost of installing a light switch:
|Cost provided item||Typical cost+VAT|
|Replace a light switch like-for-like||£75|
|Move a light switch||£150|
|Add a light switch||£150|
|Replace 5 light switches like-for-like||£100|
|Add 5 light switches||£250|
- What finishes you choose: Adding a dimmer switch instead of a conventional light switch or opting for a chrome finish will cost more.
- How many switches need replacing: Most electricians charge a minimum of half a day’s labour, so getting just one light switch replaced won’t be economical.
- Whether your electrician works in a pair: Many electricians work in pairs for safety reasons. You can expect a rate of around £250 a day for two electricians, as opposed to £150 a day for one (although remember that the job is likely to be finished quicker).
- Whether you’re replacing, adding or moving switches: In general, replacing a light switch like-for-like will cost less than installing a new switch.
Cost of replacing a light switch
Replacing a light switch like-for-like typically costs around £75 (including materials). Although the job will only take around an hour, most electricians charge for a minimum of half a day’s work.
On the other hand, replacing five light switches (or plug sockets) like-for-like will cost around £100 and take around two to three hours. As you can see, it’s much more cost-effective to replace more than one light switch at a time (or to get your electrician in for more than one job).
How much does it cost to install a light switch?
If you’re hoping to install a new light switch, or to move one to a new position, you can expect to pay around £150-£200 (including materials and a quick replastering job where necessary).
Unlike a simple light switch replacement, these options usually involve additional wiring, tapping into existing cables, adding a new junction box, cutting into the wall and plasterwork. So, it’s no surprise that the cost is higher.
Cost to install a light switch summary
- It’s more economical to replace a number of light switches or plug sockets at once.
- The cost to replace a light switch like-for-like is approximately £75.
- The cost to move or install a new light switch is approximately £150-200.
- The average day rate for an electrician is £150.
- If your electrician works in a pair, you can expect to pay around £250 per day (although the job will probably get finished quicker).
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