By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Lighting is never more important than in the busiest room in the house, and you'll be overwhelmed by the choices you'll find in overhead kitchen fixtures. While you'll certainly see the old fluorescent standby, consider choosing an Energy Star rated fixture, which will save you money each year in less energy costs and guarantee a high level of energy efficiency every time you turn on the light. Ceiling fixtures for the kitchen come in a variety of stylish designs, shapes and sizes. Typically, a single flush-to-the-ceiling fixture hangs in the center of the room, providing general lighting. A short pendant or series of them is often the choice for lighting a large peninsula or island.
An electrician will charge $209 to remove and replace an old ceiling light with a quality Energy Star fixture. That includes labor and material. If you have electrical experience and tools, you can make the swap for $95, the cost of the fixture. However, if a new electrical line is needed, it'll cost more, and it's a definitely a job for a professional.
If you're planning the job and the ceiling needs a fresh coat of paint, schedule th
e work so you remove the old fixture, paint the ceiling and then install the new one.
Don't forget that in addition to the general overhead lighting in a kitchen, every work surface should be illuminated with task lighting to ensure safe food preparation.
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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to replace a kitchen light lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020