By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Install a high style wall light fixture in a room and your reward is twofold: direct illumination where you want it and a touch of class to the décor.
Assuming there's an existing fixture, an electrician will charge $226 to replace it with a stylish wall lamp.This includes the labor and material. If you have experience working with electricity, you can make the replacement for $175, the cost of the fixture, and save 23 percent. You need a neon tester, flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters, wire strippers, a carpenter's level and electrical tape. Before you begin any electrical project, turn off power to the circuit at the main circuit panel box.
If you'd like to add a new light fixture to a wall where an outlet doesn't exist, the job is more complicated. Definitely hire an electrician, because it requires running a new power line from the circuit panel and possibly adding a new circuit breaker to the panel, jobs best left to a professional who is licensed and bonded to do the work. Click
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The average price to replace a wall light fixture 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.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020