Cost to Install a Recessed Light – 2021

| Last Updated: August 23, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 168

$ 45

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 24% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Install a Recessed Light noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

How much does it cost to install a recessed light? The contractor cost to install a recessed light is $168 vs. doing it yourself for $45 and saving 73 percent. 

We’ve used recessed lighting fixtures in many houses because they’re installed flush with the ceiling and provide illumination in an understated way. The light is a popular choice of designers because it’s a simple yet stylish lighting solution. We use three small recessed lights over a fireplace to create nice ambiance and to highlight the mantel.

If you want to install recessed lighting fixtures, first investigate the house’s electrical system in the area where the light will be added. If there’s an existing fixture or an electrical line to tap into near the ceiling location, the job is doable by a homeowner who has some electrical experience and tools.

You’ll pay an electrician $168, which includes labor and material, to install a ‘remodeling’ type recessed fixture with trim ring through existing drywall. Buying the fixture and installing it yourself will cost $45, a savings of 73 percent. However, definitely hire an electrician if a new electrical line is needed as a power source for the fixture, which will cost more.

Ylighting has this advice How to Choose Recessed Lighting.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to install a recessed light with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. 

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