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Cost to Repair a Light Fixture

The light fixtures in your home see daily use, so it only makes sense that they need occasional repair. Repairing a lighting fixture in your kitchen, bathroom or living area can be a big job. You may discover that the entire fixture needs to be replaced. Whatever the case, it's up to you to decide whether to tackle the project yourself or hire a professional to take care of it for you.

National Repair a Lighting Fixture Costs

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National Repair a Lighting Fixture Costs
Average reported cost $183
Number of Cost Profiles 1772 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $53
Maximum reported cost $596
Most homeowners spent between: $131 to $179

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DIY Fixture Repair

If you decide to repair or replace a light fixture yourself, be sure that you know what's involved before getting started. Any electrical work can be dangerous for the inexperienced do-it-yourselfer. Even if a mistake doesn't wind up hurting you, you can still make the problem worse by causing damage to the wiring or the area surrounding the fixture.

Consider the many materials necessary for the job, including light bulbs, screws, sockets and tools. Your particular fixture may require something more for repair. Inspecting the damage and assessing the situation will give you a clear picture of what needs to be done.

Hiring a Professional

An experienced electrician can handle any lighting problem from a broken bulb to a full fixture replacement. If taking a careful look at your broken fixture leaves you puzzled about how to address the problem, hiring a professional is your best bet. Look for someone with a valid license whose work comes highly recommended by satisfied customers. Ask friends and family for suggestions to help you find the best person for the job.

Professional electricians are trained to work with wiring of all kinds without getting hurt or causing a short. They know how to prep the fixture for repair and when replacement would be a better choice. Relying on a pro to get the job done is likely to make it go faster as well, so you can have your light back and start enjoying your home again.

How Much Does Light Fixture Repair Cost?

The overall cost of light fixture repair depends on how complex the job is. Addressing a broken bulb may cost anywhere from $74-$143 for a consultation and replacement. Switch replacement runs about $77-$148 while wiring repair clocks in at $84-$163. The average overall cost for most homeowners is reported to be $312 with factors such as ease of access, ceiling height of the fixture and the age of the home affecting the final cost.         

Last updated on May 19, 2016

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