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Question DetailsAsked on 6/26/2013

How much do recessed lights cost

I would like to have some recessed lights installed in my kitchen and living room. I'd like to het a rough idea of how much they cost.

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Here is the answer to a very similar question -

The "cans" themselves generally cost about $20-100, with normal decent ones about $30-40. Be sure they are the right kind - some require wide-open air spaces around them (for uninsulated ceilings), others can handle being wrapped in insulation (like for installation in ceilings that are attic floors). With boxes, switches, cover plates, bulbs, wire, connectors, etc - add another $50/light run (group of lights in same ceiling, on same switch) in materials.

This assumes he can tap an existing light circuit, and does not have to "home run" back to the breaker box with a new circuit for adequate amperage capacity. That would be more likely with a string than with individual lights.

Installation generally about $100-200 each - lower end if easy run through open attic and into the top of a wall down to a switch, and able to tap into the light circuit in the attic. Higher end if have to run through floor joists, etc.

Cost does NOT include repair to holes in ceilings and drywall and painting, if necessary to repair access holes, so obviously if you are flexible in location cost can be limited, and cheaper to replace existing fixtures or add onto one existing fixture with new ones in same string than to put in new runs.

Particularly in the kitchen, where most circuits are already to rated capacity, rather than pull a home run (new circuit) from the breaker box, you might consider low voltage lights (recessed or not doesn't matter", which pull a lot more juice but can give good spot lighting or accent lighting, and may be able to run off the existing light circuit there. The wiring, being low voltage, can also be run in more forgiving places, so installation labor can be less, particularly in under-cabinet configuration.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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