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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Justin P.
Keith did an amazing job installing a light fixture in my entryway.
Keith Webster
Thumbtack Customer
Dan installed a new hanging lighting fixture in my dining room.
D&M HandymenD&M Handymen
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
Ray M.
Hired to install closet light that needed safety work. Great experience and would definitely hire again
Pro ElectricPro Electric
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
John R.
Very happy with hiring G4V5 to do our light installation. Musa was very fair and responsive in getting the job completed.
G4V5 High & Low Voltage EngineeringG4V5 High & Low Voltage Engineering
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
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
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
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 ElectricJ.B Electric
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
Meghal S.
Ioan (Johnny) did a great job, He is diligent. He installed 4 ceiling lights in our master bedroom. Even with attic access, the cable from the switchboard to the light had some obstacles, he spent a good amount of time to solve it but did it without drilling any holes in the drywall to find wires. It took longer than expected, but he didn't take any shortcuts. Overall a very pleasant experience.
I D Electric LLC.  class A Electrical ContractorI D Electric LLC. class A Electrical Contractor
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
Ajit A.
We hired Keith to replace a light junction box and install a ceiling fan junction box. He did a clean and professional job at a most competitive price. I will not hesitate to hire him again.
Keith Webster
Naralie R.
Guilmer did a great job installing 4 lights for me, especially since one was in a 20 foot foyer. He was fast and efficient and reasonably priced. I will use him again in the future for other electrical needs.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Daniel A.
GM installed recessed lights in a large basement. His price was very competitive and the work was done to my complete satisfaction. He also repaired all drywall that were cut during the installation process — which was a big bonus.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Jason B.
I needed have recessed lights added in my office and this team not only wrote back quickly, but they schedule even quicker!! Super professional, nice, hard working and I’m looking forward to doing many other projects together!!
Pro ElectricPro Electric
Harry S.
I recently hired GM Electrical Services to run a new electrical wire connection and install a new light on the right side of my front entry door so that I have two lights on my front porch area by the front door. I must say the work was performed in a highly professional manner to my satisfaction. And very well within budget. If you are considering electrical work for your house or business, highly recommend reaching out to GM Electrical services to atleast get a quote before you decide on a contractor to perform the job. Will definitely hire for future projects as well.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
Clyde C.
I was contacted within a few minutes after submitting my request & Johnny installed our pendant lights the next day. He is very personable and did an excellent job. I will be using them for some additional projects in the near future. Thank you!
J & J Electrical ServicesJ & J Electrical Services
Thumbtack Customer
He was very professional. He installed a LED light in my celien along with a dimmer switch. It was so perfect that it look like it was already apart of the apartment. Great customer service and professionalism. I woulf definitely recommend Keith and would hire him again! Thanks Keith!
Keith Webster
Mukund R.
Peter came to install a Ring video doorbell pro and check patio lights that were not working. Came with mask, booties for inside the house, very polite and respectful, high quality work too. Charges was very reasonable too. Will call him again for other electrical work again
Pro ElectricPro Electric
Bruce S.
We wanted to add lighting and receptacles in our basement plus lighting on our deck and a receptacle in an upstairs closet to power a small refrigerator and coffee maker. After sending out our request on Thumbtack, Jose responded within minutes, came by the house to review scope, provided price and committed to time to install the work all within 2 days. He is an extremely competent electrician and handyman. He made real practical suggestions that saved us money and added value to the electrical work we had desired. He communicated via phone and text through out the process keeping us informed and met all his commitments. We are very satisfied and will definitely use Jose for our next project.
J. B.O electricJ. B.O electric
Condae G.
Bryant was very easy to work with! His communication was clear and concise and he completed the work in a timely manner. I contacted him and he was able to come out the next day and with an extremely reasonable price. I recommend anyone who needs lighting installed in their home to use Bryant, he will not let you down!
Bryant Home InstallationsBryant Home Installations
Tara T.
Keith fixed my outside post light and also a switch in my house that was not working properly. He was awesome - very professional and polite and definitely knew what he was doing! I had another company come out a few months ago to fix the switch and they were not able to do so. I will definitely use Keith again for any of our electrical needs and highly recommend him!
Keith Webster
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