Anyone who stumbles in a dark hallway knows the value of a sensor night light. Sure, you can use a plug-in version, but having one wired into your electrical system is a nice upgrade.
We’ve enjoyed the safety of having one that combines an electrical receptacle with an LED (light emitting diode) night light. The night light element is controlled by a photo sensor that turns on in the dark and off in daylight. The device we installed is manufactured by Cooper Wiring and replaced a two-prong outlet in a hallway, where a standard plug-in night light took up the chore for years. The new device doesn’t have to be turned on at night and off in the morning, because it automatically senses when it’s needed.
An electrician will charge $110, including labor and material, to remove a standard duplex receptacle and install an LED night light receptacle. If you have electrical tools and have experience working with electrical projects, you can buy the device for $30 and replace it. You’ll find the device sold at home centers, electrical suppliers and online. This is a small job for an electrician, so tack it on the list next time you’re hiring an electrician for another job.
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Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved
$110 — $30 — 0.5 — 1.0 — $80 — 73%