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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost to install a light fixture?

If you want to have a light fixture installed, the cost will likely be between $90 to $250 per fixture. The actual cost will depend on a number of factors, the first of which is the professional you hire. To find out how much you can expect to spend, contact several lighting installation professionals near you and ask for free estimates.

The type of fixture can also impact costs. For example, traditional ceiling mounts are usually less expensive than recessed lighting. The number of lights that need to be installed is another cost factor. 

Learn more about lighting costs by reading “How much does it cost to install light fixtures?

Do you need an electrician to install a light fixture?

Whether you need to hire a lighting installation service or an electrician to install a light fixture depends on the type of fixture, the complexity of your electrical wiring, and most of all, your experience and comfort. Depending on the location of the fixture, you may need to run wiring and install switches. If you don’t have any previous electrical experience, it’s quite possible to make a mistake that could create a hazard. However, if you know what you’re doing, installing a light fixture is fairly trivial.

Do light fixtures need to be grounded?

Grounding your light fixtures is important to protecting your household from dangerous shocks. If you’re unsure if your light fixture can be grounded, or if you don’t know how to ground it yourself, contact a lighting electrician near you

How do you install a ceiling light fixture?

Some of the steps involved in installing a ceiling or hanging light fixture including removing the old fixture, inspecting your wiring, turning off the power at the breaker box, connecting wires and attaching the fixture. Some of the tools, equipment and materials you might need include a step ladder, screwdrivers, screws, wire strippers, wire connectors, a power drill, pliers or more.

If you don’t have the necessary equipment or don’t feel comfortable installing your ceiling light on your own, contact a lighting professional instead. 

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with an electrician during the COVID-19 pandemic?

To set up an appointment or consultation with an electrician during the COVID-19 pandemic, ensure that you are performing as much of the process digitally as possible. The best way to begin is by conducting an online search for local electricians. Ask if they can perform consultations over a phone or video call to comply with social distancing mandates. You should also discuss a strategy for how to complete the project during social distancing or whether the project should be completed once the pandemic has ended.

Do electricians do free estimates?

Yes, they do. Whether you’re looking for new electrical work or wiring repair, the electrician should offer you a free estimate. 

Go online to find the best electricians near you. After researching and finding a few pros who seem qualified for your job, go ahead and request a quote to find out how much those electricians will charge you.

How do I hire an electrician?

Go online to find a list of the best electricians in your area. View each individual electrician’s profile and learn more about their services and expertise. Then, read reviews from satisfied customers as well as any issues they may have encountered. This will help you find one with the right experience to work safely in your home.

You should also spend some time researching what qualifications and credentials they have. You might find information about their license on their profile, or you might need to check your local and state government’s website to verify their license. 

Once you’ve done a bit of research, ask to receive free estimates from several electricians in your area. Ultimately, hire the most qualified electrician who can complete your project at a reasonable price.

Is it worth it to hire an electrician?

Yes, it's usually worth it to hire an electrician instead of doing the work yourself.

Electrical work can be very dangerous. The pros spend many years working and studying before they become licensed and certified. That knowledge and training can help them work safely and perform the job without harming themselves or your home. 

Even a small wiring repair job can be unsafe if not done correctly. Hiring someone that has specialized training on how to do each specific job is the safest choice.

Get free estimates from the best electricians near you today.

What questions should I ask an electrician?

Here are a few questions you should ask any electrician you’re considering hiring:

  • Are you licensed or certified? A professional electrician should have this information ready and up to date. 
  • Do you have any references? Ask for references to learn about their work history from previous customers. You may be able to look online at reviews, but it’s also good to speak to someone to find out their experience with this electrician. 
  • What types of services do you offer? Whether you need repairs or installation services, make sure the electrician can perform the work you need.
  • How long will the job take? This will help you set expectations and rearrange your schedule (if needed).
  • Can you send me free estimates? Request a job quote or estimate. This will help with comparing different electricians. The numbers may vary, but be sure to factor in the experience of each person, as well as the scope of electrical work you’re asking about.

Contact the best electricians near you today to start receiving free estimates for your project.

How can I find out if an electrician is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Guidelines are available from both local and federal government agencies to clarify which services qualify as essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. To determine whether an electrician is considered an essential service provider in your area, check your city or state’s government websites.

For federal guidelines, consult CISA’s Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19 page, which outlines 16 critical infrastructure sectors. But not that some, not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Reviews for Ashburn lighting electricians
Thumbtack Customer
Was extremely professional and arrived on time. Installed all light fixtures and chandelier beautifully. I had to make a change while one of the pendant lights was being installed and Bruce was extremely accommodating and made the change with no issues.
BeamTeam Professional ServicesBeamTeam Professional Services
Tosha C.
Wadi's team installed several light fixtures and ceiling fans for me and repaired a recessed light. They did a great job for a reasonable price and I'm very happy. Will definitely hire them for future electrical needs.
Wadi Electric CoWadi Electric Co
Justin P.
Keith did an amazing job installing a light fixture in my entryway.
Keith Webster
Sruthi V.
Johnny was on time, took his time to answer our questions and did an excellent job in installing recessed lights in our existing home. We had another light that needed fixing and he accommodated time for that as well. Highly recommend.
Johny electricJohny electric
Sahar J.
he did a very clean job ! love our new lights that he installed.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Ankit G.
Josh did really good work at my house to install recessed lights and fans
Josh ElectricJosh Electric
Audrey S.
It was great working with the team. They were very timely and efficient. My lighting is perfect and aligned. Certainly expert in their field as demonstrated by their ability to replace 4 lights, timely and no peripheral damage or scratches which is important to me. Based on my research, best pricing for my job.
SkyLight Renovations LLC.  Electrical & RemodelingSkyLight Renovations LLC. Electrical & Remodeling
Alok M.
Kevin did an amazing job installing our pendant lights! He was quick to respond to my initial query and scheduling an appointment was very easy. He was punctual, took the appropriate safety measures due to COVID-19 (covering his face with a mask) and was extremely patient with setting up the pendant lights on our kitchen countee, to ensure that it was done properly. I'm very happy with the quality of his work and recommend him for projects that involve changing light fixtures.
Bryant Home InstallationsBryant Home Installations
Ramya d.
guilmer did a great job. We hired him for recessed lights installation, he completed perfectly.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Ray M.
Hired to install closet light that needed safety work. Great experience and would definitely hire again
Pro ElectricPro Electric
Nasir S.
I was looking forward to install recess lights in 9 locations. All the estimates were thru the roof. He did provided me a competitive rate including material so I don't have to get materials. They arrived a little late than I was expecting. But managed to pull thru the Job. Started with 2 person and later 2 more joined. (It was a busy house with crew of 4) They took all input from us in all rooms on light placements and even showed us multiple options. They accommodated the light color are per the requirement. (Bright light Vs Yellow light) and showed me the process if I may want to change in future. It was nice to see them cleaning after themselves to the extent the could. No complaints here. They patched the extral holes in which was required to pull cable. Mudded the wall and I could not be happier without come. (As some quotations I received don't do that) I can definitely recommend them as 1 stop shop for all electrical requirements. Recess lights has transformed the house made it much brighter and looked nicer.
Wadi Electric CoWadi Electric Co
Colleen F.
They finished a job the last electrician didn’t finish. Professional, quick, and best of all my light works now!
Max ElectricMax Electric
Raj Y.
Marq has done the work well, he has checked again and again and ensured all lights are leveled properly.
Marquan MilersonMarquan Milerson
Jessica P.
John installed new lights throughout my house and things couldn’t have gone more perfect. He came out to quote the jobs and let me know what he would provide and what I needed to get. When the day came to start the project, he was on time and worked throughout the day to complete the projects. The projects included recessed lighting, a new light over dining room table and swapping out multiple fixtures. He communicated throughout and even gave recommendations from his experience. I highly recommend working with John on any of your electrical projects!
RENEGADE Electrical LLCRENEGADE Electrical LLC
Dawn C. G.
Great experience with SkyLight! The electricians came early, worked quickly, and even took our old light fixture away. Thanks so much!
SkyLight Renovations LLC.  Electrical & RemodelingSkyLight Renovations LLC. Electrical & Remodeling
Jonathan C.
Josh from Titan Electric was fantastic in helping me with my lighting project, which included replacing 7 external lights around my home, as well as troubleshooting a timer switch which failed. He came prepared for the job with the required materials (such as siding mounting blocks) and completed the job professionally. It all works and looks great! Thank you Josh and Titan Electric!
Titan Electric, LLCTitan Electric, LLC
Milan P.
I hired GM Electrical Services for Recess light installation in my high ceiling Family room. They did excellent work. I recommend them.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Syed R.
I wanted to move our electrical outlet close to light switch and Terry did an awesome job moving the outlet. He is very friendly, flexible electrician
Terry Home RepairsTerry Home Repairs
Ash K.
Guilmer was excellent with installing recessed lights. Ran into a bit of a snag with attic location but found a solution around it. Already have other projects lined up for him.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Abdulrahim S.
Benji and team were amazing in putting up a difficult light for me. Their knowledge exceeded them, the work quality and customer service they offered were beyond my expectations.
Team sparky llcTeam sparky llc
Jen D.
Josue and his partner were amazing! Great work, great price, very, very fast. I love my new lights and will hire them again in the future!
J.B Electric & Home improvementJ.B Electric & Home improvement
Reggie D.
I needed 4 lights installed; 3 pendant and 1 chandelier, and this company was able to deliver the same day. They were extremely knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile to ensure all parts and configurations were satisfactory. The quality of their work exceeded my expectations. They are truly a dynamic duo that understands electricity and lighting. If you’re looking for electrical technicians that are reasonably priced, punctual, and considered experts - I strongly recommend LJR, you will not be disappointed!!!
Ana RodriguezAna Rodriguez
Ann M.
Great, personable, fair & easy to work with. Very patient with me when I was deliberating/directing/re-directing how exactly I wanted each light fixture positioned.
K2 Electric/HVACK2 Electric/HVAC
Manjunath N.
David did a excellent job in our home and I hired him three times for different jobs. And every time he exceeded my expectation, whether it is recess lights, fan and under cabinet lights, in fact he surprised me by doing wiring behind the cabinets just drilling couple places without any traces. I will be hiring him for all other electrical jobs and highly recommended him to all my friends.
David ZimmermanDavid Zimmerman
Annie P.
Wilber was able to quickly identify the wiring issue with my fan/light combo in one bedroom and then determine the wiring issue with smaller pop-led lamps in the living room. Very helpful, punctual, and professional.
K&K Electric LLCK&K Electric LLC
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