By Gene and Katie Hamilton
To find an electrician to install a dimmer switch ask friends and neighbors for a referral or use the Yellow Pages or an online contractor referral service. Another option is to buy the switch at a home or lighting center where an installation service is offered. Usually there's a tag on the device as the installed price. Most offer the traditional cash-and-carry price as well as an installed price that covers installation. The retailer arranges for an electrician to do the installation and is responsible for both the scheduling of the job, and of course, your satisfaction.
Here are the basic points that should be included in a written contract for adding dimmer switches with an electrician:
- Description of the work to be completed with a detailed list and number of the type of dimmer switches to be used (brand name, and other specifications
- Cost of material and all warranties from the manufacturer
- Cost of labor and amount of deposit, if required
- Job installation date