By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Recessed lighting illuminates any number of spaces in a room, and when you add ventilation it becomes a solution to many problems. By incorporating ventilation in the same design, a fan light is a nice addition in an alcove or small hallway where a fan can be as useful as lighting; the same is true in a bathroom, where lighting and ventilation are always a plus. At www.broan.com you'll find a humidity sensing recessed fan/light in their line of Energy Star products that's ideal for a shower installallation. In any space, large or small, the unit keeps the air fresh and comfortable, creating a pleasant lighted environment.
To replace an existing fixture with a recessed vent light, there's an electrical line to tap into so it's a basic swap-out of one unit for another. A homeowner with electrical tools and experience can do the job for $125, the cost of the fan light. However, if a new power source is needed, definitely call an electrician, who will charge $270 to run a new line and install the unit.
The job involves investigating the electrical system in the house where the light will be installed, then tapping into the existing system and installing the light fixture and trim ring.
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It will cost more in time and money if access to the unit is limited and if the ceiling joists run perpendicular to the direction of the vent duct. All the variables make this a job best left to a licensed electrician.
The average price to install a recessed vent light noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Cost updated 2018
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.