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When it comes to electrical fixture installation, you need to know what you are doing. Safety is of the utmost importance when you are installing a light switch, adding electrical outlets or wiring a switched outlet. A qualified electrician will be able to repair light switch wiring or install an electrical outlet to the highest standards, leaving you to relax in a home that’s bright and cozy.

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Electric switch wiring costs

You need a professional to complete the electrical switch wiring in your home – faulty wiring can be dangerous, and this is a job you don’t want to skimp on. Here is a quick breakdown of some of the average costs associated with electrical outlet wiring jobs.


Replacing or installing an outlet

The average cost to replace or install an electrical outlet is $132-$286*. Adding an electrical outlet is usually more expensive than simply replacing an existing one.


Electrical service panel upgrade

To install or upgrade an electrical panel, you should expect to pay around $1,500* including parts and labor.


Replacing wiring

The average cost of a rewiring project varies from $540 to $2,100*, depending on the size and complexity of the project. The cost will rise if walls need to be opened and repaired.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to move an electrical outlet?
The cost of moving an outlet will depend on the type of outlet and wall involved. Costs start from around $25* but can rise to $300* or more if the job involves repairing drywall.
Can you convert a light switch to an outlet?
Yes, the switch can be converted to an outlet if the wiring is done properly at the source. Consult a professional and they will be able to talk you through the options.
Where do you put a light switch?
Typically, wall light switches are set between 48 and 52 inches from the floor, in a standard 4-inch wall box. However, it is possible to install light switches at different heights. For example, if you or someone in your home uses a wheelchair, you might want to install your new light switches at 36 inches from the floor to ensure they are accessible. There is no official rule when it comes to height, so speak with your electrician to discuss the best option for your home.
What is the cheapest type of outlet to install?
The least expensive outlet is a standard 120-volt outlet, suitable for use with small appliances. GFCI outlets, which redirect electricity into the ground to prevent power surges and electric shocks, are usually more expensive but are a vital safety feature in modern homes. You will need to replace a standard outlet with a GFCI outlet if it is within four feet of any water source. Speak to a qualified local electrician about bringing your outlets up to code.

*Cost estimates referenced are sourced from HomeAdvisor, Angie's List and other national home improvement websites.

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