Cost of Installing light fittings
Light fittings for ceilings
Ceiling lights are available in a wide range of different styles to reflect your tastes and match the decor. You can choose everything from traditional and retro light fittings, right through to the most contemporary designs. Metal ceiling lights made from industrial materials are becoming very popular along with the ever-fashionable glass light fittings. Spotlights are very desirable right now especially in bathrooms and kitchens, these lights look great but also allow you to focus the light exactly where you want it. pendant type lights including chandeliers and modern cluster ceiling lights are an easy way to make a fashion statement and are the obvious choice when you need to make an impression.
Some light fittings are simple to install, needing basic DIY skills, but others will need some rewiring and more complex skills so are best left to competent electricians. To find a local electrician to install your light fittings, please use the free service on this site, simply enter your details along with a brief description of the job you need doing, then wait for up to three electricians to get in touch to provide further advice and quotations. In addition, you can check the profiles of the electricians and see what other customers have to say about them for peace of mind when making your choice.
Example Light Fittings Costs
|Job Description||Duration||Material Cost||Labour Cost|
|Single lightweight pendant/chandelier||1 hour||£80||£50|
|6 lamp lighting grid in the kitchen with new wiring||4 hours||£650||£250|
|4 dimmed wall lights in the living room||2-3 hours||£250||£175|
|Ceiling or wall lamp replacement with no extra wiring||1 hour||£50||£50|
All of the above costs and durations are averages only and will vary depending upon location, complexity of job, etc.
Points to consider with light fittings
When buying ceiling light fittings there are a number of things to consider, but the most basic mistake to avoid is buying a light fitting you like and then trying to work out which room it might suit afterwards! Shop the other way round and look for ceiling lights to enhance a particular room. When choosing ceiling lights you first need to consider the width of the room. Narrow rooms are awkward to light so you may want to choose track lighting where several spotlights are mounted in a row on a track. Track lighting and spotlights are available for rooms up to thirty metres! Height is also crucial, so avoid pendant lights and chandeliers in modern homes with low ceilings.
The easiest way to update your home lighting is to simply replace the shades and bulbs on your existing ceiling lights! There’s nothing wrong with choosing this option if you get the style just right. For wet rooms, you need to consider the IP rating as well as the size and style. The IP rating measures how well the light fitting is protected against the ingress of dust and water. For example, if you are lighting a bathroom, then you need a light fitting which is is IP4 Rated.
You also need to consider how much light you need in a particular space. Larger spaces will obviously need larger fittings to light them, or alternatively use a number of smaller fittings depending on the look you want to achieve. LED and other dedicated low energy fittings are very popular today due to their long life and cost efficiency. You may have to pay out a little bit more initially for the technology, but the long-term savings are definitely worth it!
Doing it Yourself
LED spotlights or downlights are very fashionable right now and they can offer the perfect finishing touch to a room. Most people would rather have an electrician to install LED downlights for them, however, it is perfectly possible to fit them yourself if you are handy and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. But before you begin any electrical work, make sure that you have properly isolated the electrical circuit and that there is no chance of anybody else switching it back on to prevent any accidents. The first step is to mark out the position for the downlights on your ceiling.
Measure your downlighter carefully and cut your circles the correct size – checking there are no wires or pipes in the way before you start cutting! Cut out the circles carefully using a plasterboard saw or pad saw then feed the wiring through the holes then connect all the wires into the connector strip. Finally, screw the connector cover closed and push it up into the hole out of sight. All you now need to do is push in the lugs on the LED downlight and then push the light up into the hole, the lugs will then spring back out and keep the light in place.
Light fittings checklist
- Read all instructions that came with your light fittings carefully
- Ceiling lights are a great way to add some interest to plain ceilings
- Bear in mind the size of the room and ceiling before choosing a light fitting
- Installing certain lighting types can be complex and need an electrician
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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