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How Much Does it Cost to Install a Light Fixture?

In every house and apartment, light fixtures create a sense of warmth and brightness while illuminating the space so that you can go about your business. Unless you have extensive electrical knowledge, it is best to leave the installation of pendant lights, accent lighting and overhead lights to professionals. Use this guide to get a better understanding of the costs associated with installing a light fixture in your home.

National Install a Lighting Fixture Costs

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National Install a Lighting Fixture Costs
Average reported cost $454
Number of Cost Profiles 2581 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $55
Maximum reported cost $1,800
Most homeowners spent between: $180 to $351

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Average Costs of Installing A Light Fixture

While there are several factors that might influence the total cost of light fixture installation in your house, it can help to have an average range to budget for. Homeowners should expect to pay anywhere from $760 to $1,105 for new lighting installation throughout the interior. A single light fixture, on the other hand, may cost between $42 and $112 to install with professional help.

Costs of Using Pre-existing Wiring

While the cost listed above could seem high initially, it is based on the need for new wiring. That means adding a new lighting fixture to any area where there was nothing before, and it requires the work of a licensed electrician in order to operate correctly and not be a fire hazard in your home. If you already have wiring in place and you simply want to replace a fixture with a new model, the costs will be substantially lower.

Costs of Adding Recessed Lighting to Any Space

In both bathroom lighting and kitchen lighting, recessed lights are a popular option to illuminate space without taking up room or looking clunky. However, installing these lights can take time, and it requires you to have available ceiling space overhead. In total, it costs an average of $965 to professionally install recessed lighting in a single room.

Factors Influencing the Total Cost of Installation

Factors that can affect the cost of light fixture installation include the price of the fixtures, the accessibility of the wiring and even the age of your home. Beautiful accent lights, sconces and pendants can be more expensive, but they do add interest to the interior design of a room. Wiring older homes is more expensive simply because it takes longer to complete.

Last updated on May 19, 2016

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