How Much Does a Light Fixture Installation Cost?
No matter how much you like your standing lamps and desk lights, you may want the luxury of built-in light fixtures. You’ll be surprised at how convenient these are, and however you use a room for reading, play, entertainment, etc., it will be easy to come up with a plan to light a room evenly, or add lights where you need them most.
Pendant lights are so named because they hang down from the ceiling like a pendant would on a chain or wire. They’re common in restaurants and bars to illuminate where the people sit, without destroying a low-light ambience. They’re popular in kitchens, particularly over food-preparation islands, or in bathrooms. These usually require a low-voltage “junction box” that supplies electricity for the lights – this can be “clipped” onto an existing fixture in the ceiling but may require your contractor to remove paneling to anchor it into a stud. The lights are not heavy, and can be attached to the ceiling with drywall anchors without removing paneling. You’ll need a wall switch, which involves running wires through the walls. Plan on one to three hours of electrician’s time at a cost of $93 to $235.
Fluorescent lights are great in garages and workshops, and also for energy-conscious households, as they use much less energy than incandescent bulbs. You can purchase a standard 36-inch fixture with two bulbs, and installing it is a matter of anchoring it to ceiling studs (these are usually too heavy for drywall anchors) and either running new wiring or tapping into existing wires as your situation permits. This is a straightforward installation for most electricians, and typically costs between $90 and $226.
Track lights, which have a narrow groove in which small lights may be arranged to taste, are a longtime fixture in art galleries and museums, but are increasingly popular in homes. If you have lights already installed in a room, most often it is easy for an electrician to tap into that power source (and existing switches/dimmers) to power the track lights. This job may requires a few hours, at an average cost of $97 to $245; the tracks are lightweight and can normally be secured with drywall anchors, but preferably screwed into ceiling joists or studs.
Traditional Ceiling Mounts
Traditional ceiling mounts are used to support many of the old-world light fixtures in most houses, from “flush mount” lights (usually like half globes mounted on the ceiling) to chandeliers and even fans with lights attached. There are quite a few designs from which to choose but all will require a metal box mounted firmly to overhead studs or joists, in addition to cables installed to that box from existing house wiring. The electricians’ fees for installation and wiring will range from $88 to $221 on average.
Wall-mounted lights include sconces, swing-arm lamps and vanity lights. As with the ceiling fixtures described previously, these require secure mounts attached to wall studs and wiring installed inside the wall and to switchplates. The wall installations will require from one to three hours of electrician’s time and cost between $88 to $222. TIP: Aside from wall-mounted lights, ask your electrician about installing under-cabinet fixtures in a kitchen for additional targeted lighting options.
Recessed lighting, or “can lights,” are cylindrical fixtures “hiding” in the ceiling with the rough edges covered with a flush plate. These are popular with interior decorators, as they do not interfere with the clean lines of the ceiling. They require cutting and mounting inside the ceiling, often with a separate junction box for power and typically cost between $113 to $285 to install.
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