Electrical installation relates to a wide spectrum of possible jobs, from changing light switches to the rewiring of an entire residential or commercial establishment. Each type of electrical installation requires different tools and materials, and the size and scope of the installation jobs obviously also vary.
Electrical installations at home or at the office are no trivial matter. They are not to be performed by amateurs or DIY enthusiasts, because when it comes to installations, a seemingly insignificant error could lead to dangerous – even lethal – results.
If there are certain electrical installation jobs which need to be carried out in your home or place of business, the best way to go would be to hire a certified electrician for this purpose. Professional electrical contractors are not only familiar with the ins and outs of residential and commercial electrical systems – they also know which safety precautions should be taken for each installation task. For example, upon completion of the installation job, it is the electrician's responsibility to make sure that the wiring in your premises is safe, even if it wasn't entirely secure in the first place.
Furthermore, licensed electricians are required to comply with the formal national and local state electrical installation standards. The official entities in charge of these codes and regulations are the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS). If safety is to be maintained, all electrical installations must adhere to the formal standards, which certified electricians are bound to be familiar with.
Electrical Installation Prices
Electrical installation prices depend on the type of job at hand and on the time it takes the electrician to complete the installation. Remember that electrician costs are bound to be higher when you engage the services of a qualified and experienced contractor, however, a professional is always worth the price.
Following are some examples of electrical installation prices:
|Type of Job||Approximate Price|
|New power point or light installation||$75|
|Safety switch installation||$265 - $370|
|New phone point installation||$50-$75|
|Installation of a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)||$35 - $50|
|Installation of three-way switches||$55 - $70|
|Standard outlet installation||$35 - $50|
|220-volt outlet installation||$40 - $55|
|Installation of entire house wiring||$1800 - $2200 (depending on the size of the house; prices may be higher)|
NOTE: The above figures are approximate electrical installation prices and are provided for informational purposes only. Top Electricians are not responsible for actual installation prices given by electricians to their customers. It is highly recommended to obtain at least three quotes before choosing an electrical contractor.
Bear in mind that electrical installation prices may rise if your electrician is required to perform more complicated tasks, such as dig up wires. To save time and money, it is recommended to purchase the various electrical items required for the installation job – be it light fittings, power points, switches, etc. - directly from your electrician.