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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. 

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
Brett V.
And Jason said, Let there be light: and then there was light. Jason came by to install a new light fixture in my downstairs bedroom and did a fantastic job of getting it installed and brightening a previously very dark room. Thank you for a job well done Jason.
wire nutswire nuts
Kaelyn R.
Fixed my light with no problem! Came to my house day of and was very affordable!
Electrical Innovations ContractingElectrical Innovations Contracting
Dan J.
Installed new light fizture with dimmer in living room. Looks great! Would recommend
Spark ElectricSpark Electric
Emily O.
Wonderful work! Easy to work with, punctual, flexible, and responsive. The can lights look amazing!
Royalty ElectricRoyalty Electric
Kris H.
Quick to respond, very friendly and even replaced a hard to reach light bulb without being asked. Highly recommend.
JTG Electrical ServicesJTG Electrical Services
Tom S.
Had an issue with a ceiling fan/light I installed myself. I couldn't get to work. Reached out to Mike and he responded promptly and worked me in between already scheduled appointments same day. Jumped right in and fifteen minutes later all was working. Great trouble shooting and knowledge about the lights. Highly recommend!
SoCo Services llcSoCo Services llc
Troy B.
Did a great job installing a can light above a shower. Prompt and worked hard. Will definitely hire again for future electrical work.
Royalty ElectricRoyalty Electric
AynMarie L.
Cameron did an awesome job installing 2 ceiling fans and a light as well as moving our thermostat. Very friendly and professional. Highly recommend.
Thumbtack Customer
Ron installed 4 overhead lights in our home. We are very happy with his service and highly recommend Carefree to anyone needing electrical work in the greater Denver area.
Denver Electrician LLC.Denver Electrician LLC.
Noel P.
Jose did 2 projects for us: installed a smart switch to operate a motorized water shutoff valve using a relay; removed and replaced 2 bathroom fan/lights. These were difficult to do and Jose did a first class job especially given the circumstances. We will need to do a small sheetrock patch but that was expected all along. I will contact Jose for our lighting job coming up he's honorable, efficient, has high ethical integrity, and enjoys challenging projects.
60 Hertz Electric60 Hertz Electric
Larry did a great job installing 2 pendant lights for me and the ceiling fan. I will definitely use him to install a chandelier. I will recommend him to anyone I know needing electrical work done. A++++ Larry.
Heathens Alley ElectricHeathens Alley Electric
Michael F.
Larry did excellent work, solved problems on the fly (without any up-charging) and never left a mess. He helped me clean up the previous electrician’s mess in my outlets and switches, installed new lights and did requisite rewording. I will hire him into the future.
Heathens Alley ElectricHeathens Alley Electric
Kathy A.
Great job! Larry added a light at the top of a dark stairway for us. It turned out to be a bigger job than he originally bid, but he did not up his charges. He was pleasant to work with and did a great job of cleaning up. We would absolutely recommend him as a person and as an electrician.
Heathens Alley ElectricHeathens Alley Electric
Missy B.
Larry showed up 10 minutes before his proposed time. We ran into a few issues because my ceiling was slanted and we needed longer chain for my lights- Larry was quick to adapt and work with me and resolving these hurdles. He was professional, speedy, and polite. Not to mention, he has the best rates around. He will be my go-to moving forward!
Heathens Alley ElectricHeathens Alley Electric
Jennie R.
William did a great job of installing 2 replacement wall sconces and made sure they were level. He also fixed the issue with a new cluster socket in a ceiling light, where one socket seemed not to work. It was a simple contact issue that the original installer could not figure out . I would recommend. He also let me know he was running a bit late. Courtesy!!! Appreciated.
Williams Wire ManagementWilliams Wire Management
Renee l.
JTG Electrical Services is fantastic. Tyrell takes the time to go over pricing before every job. They show up on time and re always punctual. The team, explains what they are doing and ensures the client understands. They have done lots of work for me from troubleshooting electrical issues, installing smart lights, changing switches & outlets, installing new outlets, and much more. I highly recommend hiring JTG Electrical Services!
JTG Electrical ServicesJTG Electrical Services
Mitch W.
Top notch! Was able to come out quickly and diagnose the problem with my ceiling fan and lights on a dimmer switch. I’d received quotes from other contractors for what seemed like an outrageous price to even begin work. Bobby was able to take a look and let me know that he could get it sorted out and for a reasonable rate. About two hours later, everything was working great! Absolutely recommend and will be my go to in the future!
Royalty ElectricRoyalty Electric
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