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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.

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.

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.

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.

Recessed lighting installation is one of the easiest ways to transform the look of your living space and make it beautiful. Such lighting can provide task lighting, accent lighting and ambient lighting for a room – all while highlighting all its decorative elements.

The best part is that recessed lighting is easy to install into existing wiring and will never go out of style.

Once you make the commitment to install recessed lighting, you need to know how much of an investment you require to make for this home improvement.

If done properly, recessed lighting installation will enhance the value of your most important investment: your home.

The ROI on your home sale can be up to 70% of your total investment if you do the right groundwork and use the right methods and materials.

Acquiring a free estimate for your recessed light installation cost will help you create a realistic budget and get you quality work at a fair price. It’s also the best way to ensure that you don’t stumble across any unwelcome surprises during the execution of your project.

Getting an estimate through Kukun’s recessed lighting installation cost estimator is easy. Our confidential address-based estimator is easy to use. Just follow the steps below to get your custom, personalized total cost in minutes!

1. Enter the number of recessed lights you plan to install

2. Enter the scope of the project from the two options below:

  • Incandescent: This includes the labor and material necessary to install one six-inch can light. Note that it does not include a light switch.
  • LED: This includes the labor and materials needed to install one high-efficiency LED six-inch can light. Note that it does not include a light switch.

3. Enter your property details

Enter the full address to get ROI /recoup value of your house or just give zipcode to get just the renovation cost estimate.

And there you go! An estimate for your recessed lighting installation is ready!

With this estimate, you can analyze your financing options or hire a professional to get started on the work right away.

We also offer you options for professional remodeling contractors who have worked in your neighborhood and who have been vetted by your neighbors.

We are happy to make the process as convenient for you as possible. You can even explore the contractor's profile, check out their online reviews, and view all their previous permits. You can then ask around your vicinity about whether you should hire them.

If you’re altering, changing or adding to the electrical equipment or wiring of your home, you will require an electrical permit. Therefore, if you’re installing new recessed lights, you will require a permit. However, if you're simply replacing an existing light fixture, you don't need one. Since permit requirements vary from one state to another, it’s best to consult your local building code before going ahead with the installation.

Do not let your recessed lighting installation overwhelm you. Follow these steps to make your light installation go faster and smoother.

The results will be for all to see. You’ll get attractive recessed lights that provide steady, dependable light for your home. So let’s begin:

  • Set a realistic budget for this home remodeling project.
  • Always include leeway for some surprise costs. Experts advise allocating 20% of your budget for such unexpected costs.
  • Hire a remodeling expert. A professional will ensure that all permits and inspections are up to date.
  • Double check your local building code for all permit requirements.
  • Plan the location and number of lighting fixtures.
  • Keep in mind that recessed lights are ideal for task areas. You can use these concentrated lights over counters, inside closets and above work surfaces.
  • Consider adding extra emphasis with recessed spotlights. This kind of light will add sparkle to any crystal or chandelier you have in the room – increasing overall brightness.
  • Consider using additional sources of light as well, including wall sconces and floor lamps.
  • Seriously consider buying dimmer switches for your recessed lights to suit every mood and occasion.
  • Opt for directional recessed lighting. These are ideal for brightening the walls of a narrow hallway – making it appear bigger.
  • Do not forget the outside areas of your home.
  • Keep track of all inventories and materials being used.
  • If you’re on a tight budget or timeline, plan your remodeling project for the winter season to avoid the spring and fall rushes.
  • Get a written contract from your contractor detailing the complete schedule along with a guarantee.
  • Discuss and mutually agree on the payment schedule.

These steps will help you seamlessly manage your home renovation project. With proper planning, you can help avoid unexpected hassles and issues. Keep in mind that beautiful and functional recessed lights are an important consideration for potential home buyers.

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