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Question DetailsAsked on 2/20/2017

How much to install 13 recess light I live in browned county fl

I want to install 13 6" remodel can in kitchen and living room

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You can find a fair number of ceiling light questions with responses and some ballpark answers in the Home > Electrical link in Browse Projects, at lower left.

The cost will of course vary with the fixtures selected, and whether low voltage lighting (shudder) or 120V, but probably the biggest cost variable will be whether there is open attic joists above to run the wiring and install the cans - that can cut the total project cost by half or more, because it can eliminate most or sometimes all the drywall repair (sometimes requiring retexturing the entire ceiling to match if textured) and repainting needed afterwards.

Because of where you live (presumably you run serious air conditioning) if these cans will be in a ceiling connecting to the attic be sure to specify airtight light cans, sealed to the drywall and any vapor barrier, to minimize loss of your expensive cool air into the attic. Airtight cans should definitely be used if your house has a high energy star rating - so you do not damage that. [And remember that sealed cans commonly have very specific limitations on wattage and bulb size and type - pay attention and note down the requirements somewhere you can find it easy, because overpower a can fixture (especially an airtight one) and you can end up with a fire in the ceiling.

If you are talking replacement cans (wiring already run and good) probably in the ballpark (very rough) of $800 give or take a couple hundred - if talking new wiring and cans and all, probably more into the $1000-1500 range by a licensed electrician - course, get a day laborer from the parking lot at Home Depot and the cheapest chinese fixtures and bulbs from Home Depot or Lowes or Amazon it might cost less than half that much, but you get what you pay for. Not including any drywall/repainting needed, which can run from a couple hundred for minor touchup to $500-1000+ if he cuts access holes every foot or two for access.

BTW - when talking to bidders, be sure to ask about access holes if there is not easy attic access - because while it might make it easier for him to cut a lot of holes, that is more repair cost. In prime conditions, and no ducts or large pipes interfering, a good electrican with a custom extended bit can keep normal access holes in a ceiling down to one about every 4-6 feet and in optimum conditions one every 8 feet or so on straight runs, using extended reach bits to bore through the joists and extension rods to pass the wiring through the holes.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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