In this guide, we’ll outline how much it costs to install a power point with a professional electrician, what can affect the cost for power point installation, and tips to help your search for power point installation services.
Let’s get right down to it — power point installations in Australia can cost anywhere from $150 to $400 in 2023.
Why those numbers? Well, most electricians charge by the hour. As you may know from our electrician costs guide, the average Australian electrician will likely charge $90 – $130 per hour.
When it comes to getting a power point installed, you’ll have to pay for the power point itself (usually $72 to $92 per socket), which will be added on to the cost of the service.
Power point outlets and sockets can come in various types and styles, each catering to different electrical systems and standards. Some commonly used models include:
Before engaging a power point installation service, it’s best to think about what kind of power point you’ll need. For example, if you’re planning to have a power point installed along a common area where it will see a lot of use, it might be a better idea to go with an outlet type that can accommodate multiple electric plugs.
Having done many power point installations ourselves, we can say with confidence that the scope of your power point will affect the end cost for installing them. In addition to the type of power point, here are some other factors that will significantly influence your cost.
If you want to install a large number of power points, you should expect the cost to increase. There is no real limit for the number of power points you can install in a space, but you should think practically about how they will be used before committing to a number.
Most electricians will be able to supply you with basic power point switches for the installation, but if you would like a custom style or design, you can typically purchase them separately on your own and hand them over during the installation process. Doing so might add to the cost of the overall installation, especially if the custom switches are costly.
The installation process is not always straightforward, and more complex cases may result in higher costs due to the need for more work hours, materials, and expertise. For example, in a older home that may not be as electrically connected, additional electrical work may be required to reroute or create new wiring to the location of the power point before it can be installed.
The installation of a new power point will usually cost more than the replacement of a faulty or damaged one, provided that there are no other wiring issues.
It can be tempting to try and do the installation of a power point by yourself to save on cost, but it’s never a good idea. While it’s technically possible to DIY a power point installation, it’s a task that demands a thorough understanding of electrical systems and safety protocols.
DIY attempts, however informed and researched, can still pose serious risks, including electrical shocks, fires, and code violations. If you don’t have the proper expertise, we strongly recommend hiring a licensed electrician to get the job done.
Safety should always be the top priority when dealing with electrical work, and professionals have the necessary skills to navigate local building codes, ensure proper wiring, and address safety concerns. Why risk damage, injury, or even death by installing power points yourself? Calling in the professionals is a must when dealing with high-voltage electricity, and power points, outlets, or switches are no exception.
There’s a good reason why electrical services in Australia can only be performed by those who have the proper qualifications and experience — it’s better to trust an electrical expert who knows what they are dealing with.
So, there you have it — everything you need to know about power point installation costs in Australia for 2023 and beyond.
At Radiance Electrical, our powerpoint installation services are both affordable and reliable for any home, office, or commercial space. From the Northern Beaches to the North Shore, our team of level 2 electricians will be able to assess your electrical situation and install the powerpoints safely and quickly for your convenience.
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