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Question DetailsAsked on 11/5/2016

What is the cost of replacing a light fixture

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If similar size/weight, generally minimum service call charge for a Handyman (if you know of one you trust to do electrical work, which technically is illegal in most states but most do it anyway) or Electrician - so from $50-100 commonly for Handyman, or $75-150 typically for electrician (more in a very few high-priced urban areas). Plus maybe a couple of bucks in small parts if needed - usually ficxtures has all it needs in the box. Plus cost of the new fixture of course - from $10-15 on low end to hundreds of thousands for fancy chandeliers.

IF the new fixture has a smaller base than the preexisting one might need a bit of drywall patching and/or repainting to cover up the damaged or unfaded area from the previous fixture which will show around the base of the new one - so getting a fixture that is as large as or larger than the existing one helps with that. There are flat decorative base plates (mostly at lighting sopecialty stores) that can be used to cover up such an issue, but has to be installed as the light fixture is going in.

IF the old fixture is a normal one weighing commonly 35 pounds or less, and the new one is heavier - or is a fan replacing a light fixture or a fan over 50# replacing one less than 50# - then the existing electrical box may have to be backed up with a metal support frame or replaced with a heavy-load rated box. Cost for doing this can be from $0 to maybe $100 extra normally - and depending on accessibility and your specific framing at the location and whether you have metal or concrete or wood framing, can require a bit of drywall damage to get it in. A good contractor can usually keep any damage down to the point it can be covered by the base of the fixture, but sometimes that is not feasible or the worker just hammers or cuts away to do it the easiest way for him, leaving a hundred or two $ surface repair job for a Handyman. (So if installing a heavy light (over 35#) or a fan heavier than existing fan at that location, talk to the contractor about how he is going to handle the load and how he is going to minimize surface damage.)

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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