Cost to Install an Occupancy Sensor

Find the average cost to install an occupancy sensor yourself compared with the labor and material cost of hiring an electrician. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a pro to do the job. Learn what to consider and the steps involved.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Does someone in your home always leave the light on in his or her bedroom? Or maybe it's the bathroom where the light and fan work overtime when it's not necessary. In many homes the basement light burns for hours until someone remembers to turn it off.

You can stop wasting energy by replacing a standard light or light and fan switch with an occupancy sensor that turns a light on automatically when you enter and off when you leave a room. The device comes in single and double switches with or without a nightlight, a feature especially useful in a bathroom or bedroom.

An electrician will replace a single switch sensor with a nightlight for $105, which includes labor and material. You can buy the device for $40 and do it yourself if you have electrical tools and experience using them. You'll be rewarded with a 62 percent saving for your effort. We found the device at a Web site specializing in eco-friendly products www.greendepot.com.

The average price to install an occupancy sensor noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.

National Average Cost
to
Install an Occupancy Sensor

Hours

  • Pro
  • DIY
  • 0.5
  • 0.75

Money

  • Pro
  • DIY
  • $105
  • $40

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  • DIY    60%
  • PRO  40%