Cost estimate for Light Fixture Replacement

Usually the homeowner has chosen the light fixture and wants it to be installed by a handyman.

Anticipate an occasional surprise. Sometimes the new fixture has a smaller profile on the ceiling and will leave an ugly ring requiring extra time for painting. Another common problem is found when the old fixture is removed. No mounting box! Expect the unexpected on light fixture replacements.

Low estimate for labor and materials:

  • Misc. electrical
  • Labor 1 hour

High estimate for labor and materials:

  • Misc. electrical
  • Labor 1.5 hours

If you are a contractor or a handyman, how much would this job cost in your area?

Low Price: $50

Consensus Price: $110

High Price: $135

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Comments

    • Thank you for your feedback. If, I understand you correctly, it should not cost more than 300.00$ to repair a ceiling fixture and replace 4 wall switches, even in Chicago?

  1. What would be a fair price to swap out lighting fixtures in a commercial building..theres 80 lights, new ones are already bought by owner..about 40 drop in fixtures and the rest are 2 lamp 4′ shop lights?

    • With a job this size you’d better charge it by the hour. How long do you think it will take you to complete the work? In most areas this would not be a legal job for an unlicensed handyman. Because of the size of the job it sounds like only a licensed electrician could legally do the work.

  2. My handyman just recently installed 4 motion sensors at the side of my house for security. His price is 1500.00 labor and materials. This seem high. Is he ripping me off?

    • Not necessarily. If he had to run new electric service to each light and without knowing the layout of your home, it could be a fair price. If, he just replaced existing fixtures with motion lights, then it’s pretty high.

    • 1500 does sound high, but not knowing everything makes it tuff. What did he supply. Difficulty. Did he spend time in the attick? One story or two? Materials alone could be a big part depending on what he supplied. So, 1500. To mount 4 camera’s- yes it could be high, but depending on time spent and materials supplied may be okay.

    • Thats extremely high. Not really knowing
      The specifics like is he replacing existing lights or running a whole new circuit , i couldn’t give a fair cost.

  3. I’m in central NJ. For a Light fixture replacement I typically charge $75. But I always inspect before giving an estimate to see if the existing light is secure. For a no-surprises job it could go as low as $40, or as high as $150 if the box is missing or needs replacing.

  4. I have very high ceilings one of the two bulbs went out over my fireplace in living room. The neighbor needs his done as well. I have a handy friend that’s charging $40 to change the bulbs for him.
    Is that right?

    • Yes, $40 seems like a fair price to me considering the time that will be spent moving ladders around to accomplish the task. If you wanted to do the job yourself you’d have to purchase a tall ladder ($200?) and store it when it’s not in use. If you need the ladder for other uses, like climbing on the roof or for clearing gutters then you could consider making the purchase. Otherwise, I’d pay the $40.

      • I need 7 bulbs changed. $40 dollars per bulb seem like a lot for less than 30 minutes of work. I didn’t make that much as a college professor.

        • Changing a Light Bulb falls within Electrical Maintenance. The cost can be at an hourly rate or Flat Fee rate. However; certain factors are taken into consideration when giving an Estimated Rate of Cost.

          These are just some of the factors a service provider considers when making an Estimate.
          1. Are the bulbs to be changed in Indoor, Outdoor or both?
          2. What’s the Ceilings Height?
          3. Are there Wall mounted Fixtures?
          4.What type of Fixture are they? (Flush Mount to ceiling, High-Hat, Track Lighting, Pendant Hung, Under the Counter Lightning, Cove Lighting or Chanidler)
          5.What type of bulbs? (Incandescent, Flourescent or Led)

          Answering these questions are critical.

  5. I wanted a light fixture replaced in my kitchen another flood light on the outside repaired or replaced and to add a light to my front door and remove a light from the ceiling on the outside. A handyman charged me $180 but used my ladder and a few other tools was that too high?

  6. Brought a translucent ceiling light for a relative. Asking handyman to install. What would be a ball park figure? Being install in dining area.

  7. How much would you charge to replace 3-4 flood lights, 2 fixtures by the garage, 1 fixture on the front porch outside? Plus, inside: move 1 fixture from the foyer to bathroom and put up a new fixture in the foyer? The person has already purchased the new fixtures, but how much would be fair for labor costs? – Per light or per hour? Thanks.

  8. An electrician quoted me labor cost to replace my existing motion flood lights and existing ceiling fans for $60 per unit. I supply all new lights. Sounds reasonable? Thank You.

  9. How much for the following:
    1. We have recessed lighting and I want to move one to center it over our kitchen island and install a new hanging lighting fixture already bought.
    2. Move a light switch about 5 inches to the left on the same wall
    3. Move a hanging light fixture over a foot to center over table and replace with new hanging fixture already bought.

  10. I need to have a pendant light in my foyer which has high ceilings. I received an estimate, which includes $80.00 for the service call, $160.00 per hour, could take 1-2 hours and there has to be 2 people per OSHA safety. So to install a $65.00 light, this could cost me $400.00? I guess I will keep my dated fixture. I figured that I would have to pay maybe $150.

  11. I have three very awkwardly placed lighting fixtures in my new home. They are so low that you can hit your head on them. I do not want to replace them, I want to remove them. Is that possible? I seriously have no idea why anyone would install a light these places. How much would it cost to have lights removed?

    Thank you,
    Christina

  12. What would be a fair price to have one fluorescent light fixture replaced with a new one that is exactly the same kind and the same size? This is in my kitchen ceiling.

  13. Hi,
    I need to change a foyer chandelier, a dining room chandelier, a fan in the living room and 6 flush mounts in the hall way. any estimate? thank you

What would a fair price be?