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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
Sanaullah N.
Excellent work by Rodrigo and team. They were on time and did the job very professionally. There were few changes in the work due to my wrong estimates but they were ready to accommodate and made changes as required. The recess light, sconces and the outdoor light looks beautiful.
Electrical Repair ServicesElectrical Repair Services
Marium M.
Johnny was great ...worked well and did a great job installing our recess lights...
Team sparky llcTeam sparky llc
Thumbtack Customer
Keith did a great job installing a pendant light in my two story stairwell.
Keith Webster
Kelly L.
They installed 4 recessed lights in my kitchen; they were quick, professional, and clean about it and the price was reasonable.
JMJ Electrical Services LLCJMJ Electrical Services LLC
Alex C.
Guilmer installed over 20 recess lights, a light fixture, as well as numerous outlets and switches throughout my home. He was very responsive, knowledgeable, and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend Guilmer for any home electrical work and have already referred him to other friends and family for their home electrical needs.
GM Electrical services LLCGM Electrical services LLC
Lynne S.
Kevin was very helpful in installing several lights for me. I’ll definitely reach out to Kevin for all of my electrical jobs.
Keith Webster
Sarah a.
Wonderful work! Our kitchen lighting looks wonderful! Already scheduled to have Guilmer back out to do more work!
GM Electrical services LLCGM Electrical services LLC
Vanessa W.
Rodney was great. He was very responsive and installed the light quickly and perfectly. I will definitely hire him again for any electrical project!
Loper Electrical ServicesLoper Electrical Services
Kur S.
Keith was awesome. He came on time and communicated very well during the installation of the recessed lighting. Excellent service. Would use him again in a heartbeat.
Keith Webster
Antonio J.
Excellent electrician with a true passion for getting things done right. Douglas finished the job over a span of three visits. I requested an install of 6 recessed lights, 3 ceiling fans and multiple light switch rewirings/troubleshoots. I am thrilled to have hired Douglas and his wall repair contractor. Do yourself a favor and hire a skillful electrician with a quality driven work ethic.
A.E.S Electrical Services, Inc.A.E.S Electrical Services, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Dave did a wonderful job installing many light fixtures at my new home. He was on time, had a great attitude and I couldn't be happier with the results. Most pleasant experience ever.
David ZimmermanDavid Zimmerman
Cliff d.
Pleasure to work with. They were professional and on time. They extra care in protecting the surrounding areas before working. Quality of work is great! I have work with them twice and would recommend them for future projects. They completed my recess lighting and full 1st floor painting in a timely manner .
Morales Home improvement LLCMorales Home improvement LLC
Nicole R.
Working with Keith was a great experience. Unlike many professionals in the "home improvement" field, Keith arrived on time and jumped right in to work. He replaced an outdoor post light and cleaned up some funky electrical stuff we had, and he also fixed some wiring with a broken bathroom vent. He was friendly and fairly priced. We will be hanging on to his contact info for future jobs!
Keith Webster
Sri K.
Mr.Jose and his team from J.B.O Electric did a wonderful job installing ceiling lights through out our house. They are very professional, very responsible and finished the work on time. Before starting the work they took precautions by covering the floors and the furniture and after finishing they made sure to cleanup the little mess. Very impressed with their quality of work ,responsiveness, professionalism and would highly recommend their services. Best Wishes to J.B.O electric.
J. B.O electricJ. B.O electric
Brett B.
Jonny and Cody did such a great job installing recessed lighting and new remote controlled ceiling fans in our townhome that we are having them come back to do more work in the coming weeks as well. They were great guests in our home, very professional and passionate about the work they were doing in our home too. The quality of their work was wonderful and they also have contractors to put us in contact with that can patch drywall and do painting in our home too, which makes them an easy choice to do work in any home.
J & J Electrical ServicesJ & J Electrical Services
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