What is the average cost to install recessed lighting?
The average cost of recessed lighting installation by a pro runs to about $360 per fixture, including lighting materials and labor costs. Most homeowners pay approximately $240 to $480 per fixture.
Of course, the actual cost of a recessed lighting installation will depend on a number of factors including the type of housing, trim, the type of lights you select and the total number of recessed bulbs aka can lights, pot lights or high hats.
A rule of thumb when it comes to recessed lighting installation is to keep at least 24" distance from each wall and 3 to 5 feet between each can light.
Also, a great way to determine the right recessed light spacing is by dividing the height of your ceiling by two. For example, if your living room has a 10 foot ceiling, you should space your pot lights approximately 5 feet apart. Similarly, if the ceiling is just 8 feet, put about 4 feet of space between each light fixture.
So, the overall size of the room will determine the number of fixtures you need. For example, in an average-sized bedroom of 12x12, you can use six to eight recessed light fixtures. For a kitchen of the same size, you can accommodate more lights in order to create a bright cooking space with adequate task lighting.
Six basic pot lights will cost you $1,440 to $2,880. And, if you have a kitchen dining room combo, then do plan to put in a dimmer to set the right mood.
Material cost of can lights
The cost of materials for the pot light installation is approximately $30 to $230. Standard housings range from $9 to $160, while trim and bulbs cost about $15 to $60. Homeowners can expect to pay about $8 per fixture for the wires and other materials. A dimmer would cost an additional $125 for its installation.
Are recessed lights more expensive than other lighting alternatives?
While there are various cheaper alternatives to recessed lights, including incandescent bulbs (starting price as low as $1 per fixture), Compact Fluorescent Lamps or CFL ($2.40 per fixture) and Light Emitting Diode or LED ($2.50 per fixture), many homeowners feel that recessed lighting is worth it’s higher cost. Such a type of lighting does a great job of giving you understated, stylish illumination -- while keeping your ceiling sleek.
Moreover, with newer lighting technologies, you now have more energy-efficient options that use up to 80 percent less electricity while providing the same type of light and appearance as older recessed lights.
How do recessed lighting installation costs vary?
Your complete cost considers a number of factors, including the total square footage of space that needs the lighting, the scope of renovation, the number of lights, the cost of the light fixtures, your zip code, local labor costs and the finishing details – to name (more than) a few.