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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
Sarah L.
Replaced an outdoor light for me. Very responsive and showed up on time! Thank you!!
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Rachel B.
Mr. Loper worked quickly and was done earlier than I had expected. He did a phenomenal job removing an existing light fixture in my dining room and replacing it with a new one. He gave me some advice as to the best light bulbs to get for the new light fixture and advised me as to how to put them in. I am really happy with his work and plan on working with him again in the future when I need an electrician.
Loper Electrical ServicesLoper Electrical Services
John a.
He was very professional. The price was good. The time to install light fixture was exceptional. I will be using this Co. again.
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Gabriella M.
Febro was fantastic. Showed up on time and was in/out in under an hour. Updated a light fixture for us in our nursery.
K&K Electric LLCK&K Electric LLC
Amber D.
Juan did another wonderful job for me. He installed two pendant lights perfectly and I highly recommend!
Racing Electric LLCRacing Electric LLC
Aprill W.
The technician was thorough, efficient, and did a great job. I had two fans installed. One of the fans required the use of a remote switch, but the technician was able to install it in a manner where I could use a light switch to turn the light and the fan on, but I had to control the speed of the fan with the remote (totally my fault because of the type of fan I bought). He truly went above and beyond to come up with a feasible solution.
Michele l.
Jovon was very professional. He helped me install a light dimmer, diagnosed an outlet issue and installed a ceiling fan. I will hire him again. He knows what he’s doing.
Hand 2 Hand Electrical ServiceHand 2 Hand Electrical Service
Darci P.
Ifonly did an amazing job installing three pendant lights/chandeliers for us. He is professional and courteous. This is the second time I’ve hired him, and plan to do so for all my electrical needs!
Joan H.
JMJ Electrical Services installed 5 outside light fixtures. The cost to install was very reasonable. He was very professional, punctual and work done quickly. Will use this company again for other projects in my house.
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Deborah S.
Reid electrical did an excellent job at our. He put two beautiful lights up in the kitchen, chandelier, ceiling fans, upgraded wall sockets. Much more and the prices were very reasonable. Stop here, look no further. Give him a call today.
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John H.
Carlos & Son Home Improvement was eager to gain my business. CSHI’s willingness to communicate with me when I needed feedback at a very late hour (11pm-Midnight), was truly appreciated. They were able to see me the very next day. Their technician, Victor Garcia, was punctual and professional...and my light installation looks great!
Carlos & Son Home Improvement LLCCarlos & Son Home Improvement LLC
Kenya D.
Dony installed a light dimmer switch. I responded through the app within minutes and came later that day. When he showed up with his drill in hand, I asked him if he could also mount a hose reel to the garage wall. He completely both jobs in 30 min. The quality of his work is good and his rates are reasonable. I would hire him again.
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