Cost to Install a Dimmer Switch – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 172

$ 70

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 76% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install a Dimmer Switch noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

What’s the cost of a dimmer switch? To replace a 5 dimmer switch an electrician charges $172 vs. doing it yourself for $70 and saving 59 percent.

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 touchpad 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. suggests advice about Selecting the Proper Dimmer.

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. 

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