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Question DetailsAsked on 6/22/2014

how much should I pay to have a light fixture in recessed lighting?

I have cam lighting over my faucet in the kitchen. I am trying to have a hanging fixture in its place. How much should I be paying for this?

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Cam lighting is a widely used term, and can mean tiltable recessed lights, tiltable head type lamps like theater lighting, or tiltable light heads on a track. Not clear which you have.


If yours is recessed or mounted with a single metal plate or decorative cover in the ceiling, then if you can find a same-voltage (120V or low-voltage as applicable) hanging or pendant fixture you like, with compatible general type of bulbs (i.e. dimmable if currently so, etc) then the changeout should only be minimum electrician service charge - typically $75-125, plus cost of the light of course. The key will be getting a new light that has a larger base, or buy auxiliary cover plate base plate, to cover the hole in the ceiling when you take the old fixture off, so you do not have to pay for ceiling drywall and painting work as well. If you have to have the electrician come twice - once to remove old fixture so you can measure needed base/cover size and to temporarily cap the wires, then come back to install after you get light you like, can double your cost. Of course, if the existing "base" is not too large, you might be able to just buy a light with larger base than that and be good to go.


Tip - watch length on light, because a head-banger over the sink is a bad idea, so consider not only your height but normal 6' height range of everyone who might use that sink.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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