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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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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
Amber S.
Responsive and professional. They were on time and changed our light quickly and at a reasonable price.
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
Eve S.
Charles installed a second story light fixture quickly and efficiently. He brought his own materials, did the job well, and was professional. No complaints!
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
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!!!
LJR electricLJR electric
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
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
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
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
Manish B.
I hired him for installing lights and ceiling fan and one chandelier. I paid him as much he wanted. He came across as very trustworthy. When he was completing chandelier job, I had to leave the house. So I paid him and ask him to complete the job. He told me he completed the job. When I came back home, I find out that top row of lights doesn't work. I contacted him and he doesn't even respond to my messages now. Very disappointing. I was going to hire him for other projects but never again.
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
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
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
Vic G.
Jose did a wonderful job for us changing our light fixtures. He was responsive, on time and provided a very competitive rate. He is an expert at what he does. At the last minute we decided to move one our fixtures to center it above our table and he kindly agreed to do this for us as well. We would highly recommend Jose and will be using him for future jobs in our home.
J&J ServicesJ&J Services
Jordan D.
I hired Daniel to help me prepare for and pass the required permit inspections as we finish out our basement. He also re-wired 3 ceiling fan light switches for me in some upstairs bedrooms. Through the whole process he has been very knowledgeable, easy to work with, and professional. I would highly recommend any friends or family to SuperNova Electric for future electrician work.
SuperNova Electric, LLCSuperNova Electric, LLC
Rad P.
GM Electricals installed six recess lights in our family room of the ground floor. He did an outstanding job, brought all materials and tool necessary to do this job. He made the minimum dry wall holes as he had special tools to drill into beams. He completed the job on time and cleaned the place to original position. Especially he took time to putty the dry wall cuts and finished with the matching paint we provided at no additional charge. He also replaced a ceiling fan that was out of order with a new one during the same visit. GM charges are very reasonable and we are pleased to recommend his electrical service to any one wants a professional job with fair and responsible charges.
GM Electrical servicesGM Electrical services
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