Electrical light switches are an integral part of your home. They allow you get to get power to your lights and turn them on and off. They can also be used to run other types of electrical devices. The problem that you may run into is that your home doesn't have enough electrical light switches or they are not in convenient locations. If this is the case, then you will want to have more installed. Here are three things that you should consider when it comes to electrical light switch installation.

The Types of Switches

The first thing that you should consider is that there are a variety of switches to choose from. The most common light switch is a single-pole switch which allows you to turn a light on and off from one location. There are also three-way switches and four-way switches while allow you to control a light or other electrical device from two or three locations. Another option is a dimmer. This type of switch allows you to control the intensity of the light being controlled.

Professional Installation is a Must

When it comes to electrical light switch installation, some homeowners are tempted to tackle it themselves especially if it's a basic single-pole switch. However, working with electricity can be dangerous. Hiring a licensed electrician is the best course of action. An electrician will be able to safely install new switches and ensure that they are up to code. They will also be able to advise you on the best location for your new switches. The cost of hiring an electrician will vary depending on the amount of work that needs to be done. Typically electricians charge between $90 and $200 for just the installation of a new light switch.

The Cost

While installation alone can easily cost up to $200 for a single light switch, it's also important to factor in the cost of the switch itself. The good news is that simple light switches are typically very affordable, most of the cost is in the installation itself. A basic single-pole light switch typically ranges between $1 and $15 while a double-pole switch costs between $10 and $20. Dimmers typically cost between $10 and $25 each. Smart light switches are becoming more common and average between $45 and $150 apiece.

When it comes to light switch installation, there are a few things that you should consider. First, it's important to take a look at your needs and determine which type of light switch will meet them. There are a variety of options to choose from. Professional installation is a must for most homes. Costs can also vary, but typically installation will cost more than the light switch itself.