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 $221 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 $190, the cost of the fixture, and save 14 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 to see advice from SFGATE about how to Replace a Wall-mounted Light Fixture.
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 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.