By Gene and Katie Hamilton
We can't think of a better way to make life at home easier than replacing a standard light switch with a dimmer. With a touch pad that responds to your finger a light switch is much easier to operate than a toggle switch, especially if someone in the house has arthritis or a sore wrist. You slide your finger up and the light goes on; slide it down the pad and the light dims. At first dimmers were promoted for use in dining areas to lower the light and create a quiet mood and ambiance for dining. Today they're a convenient feature in any room where you want to easily adjust and control the light, or for specific tasks such as illuminating a fireplace mantle or an art collection.
An electrician will charge $172 to replace five standard light switches with dimmer controls which includes labor and material. You can buy the devices for $70 and do it yourself, saving 59 percent. The project involves basic electrical skills, and you'll need a neon circuit tester, a screwdriver, a wire cutter/stripper tool and electrical tape. You might need some wire connectors if they're not packaged in with the switch.
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Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a dimmer switch you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.