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Question DetailsAsked on 10/20/2017

Add junction box in the Attic, frame and add new box, cut hole in ceiling and hang light

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Assuming decent access and decent working conditions up there, commonly around $200-300 - possibly but unlikely as low as $150 range if VERY simple. Be SURE that the desired light location is marked in the ceiling with a nail or screw first, then he can go in attic to install the box - too easy to get the location wrong if trying to locate it blind from the attic side and end up with an unwanted ceiling hole. This assumes the light is not gigantic (say not over about 70 pounds, so normal reinforced fan/chandelier box can handle it), and that he is coming off an existing light circuit for another light in that same or adjacent room ceiling - adding a second light on the existing switch.

If you mean putting in a new light with new light switch too, in easy conditions the above range would cover it, sometimes can add $100 range or so for the switch installation - and in some cases he will have to open the wall a place or two to run the wiring so you might also have a couple to few hundred drywall/plaster and painting repair to be done afterward by a handyman or such. In rare cases where there isno circuit with adequate spare capacity which he can tap into in the ceiling, then running a new circuit or tapping off an another circuit with a new switch (maybe making a single light switch into a 2-switch gang box for instance) can add another $100 or so to above.

If in solid concrete or brick walls all bets are off - sometimes no more difficult, sometimes much harder to do - just depends too much on the case. I have seen cases where it cost around $1000 because the client did not want any exposed architectural circuit strips and there was no easy way to get power to the area, so a very round-about new circuit had to be put in to avoid damaging the existing wall structure. Can be VERY nasty in brick/concrete structures without embedded conduit with extra wiring space if surface wiring races are not acceptable.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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