When hiring an electrician to install new light switches do be aware that there will be some preparation time. Your electrician will need to make a space for the switch on your wall and that will usually mean that some measuring and drilling is required. This is so your electrician can install the switch mechanism, hook it up to the electrical supply and attach it to the light that you want to use it for.
The cost of labour should not be excessive and the price of the job overall will be as much down to the kind of switch you use as how much work is involved. Many electricians will carry standard plastic switches with them as they work, but they will also be able to advise you on more expensive switches or simply work with your choice. These are fairly standard items in terms of size and set-up, so your electrician should be familiar with whichever model of light switch you choose.
Fitting dimmers or multiple switches (such as ones that can turn your landing light on or off from the top or bottom of the stairs) is more complex, but this is a simple job that any Part-P registered professional should be able to complete in an hour or so. You may wish to have several switch installations or smaller jobs undertaken together to get value from your electrician’s visit.
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