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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
Alex B.
Denny did a great job on the lighting in the interior and exterior of our home. He went above and beyond and picked out new light fixtures that would match. Would work with him again in the future!
Smart Synergy Inc.Smart Synergy Inc.
Jeff W.
John was great to work with and completed various lighting/electrical projects for us. I would recommend him to others.
Emerald City HandymanEmerald City Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
The job was to install a light fixture in a two story entryway. He was on time and super efficient. Job well done!
Black Sheep ElectricBlack Sheep Electric
McKenna S.
Wallace and Bruno were so great! We couldn’t be happier with our recessed lighting and the relocation of a light fixture. They partnered with our other contractors and made a very chaotic renovation environment seem incredibly seamless. We will definitely use them in the future and recommend them to anyone who asks! You definitely won’t regret hiring them.
WBSOLUTION LLCWBSOLUTION LLC
Shyam C.
Daniel is very professional and easy to work with. We hired him to install ceiling lights in our living room and he did a fabulous job and finished the work in 2 days. I would recommend him for Eletrician.
Aynealem general contractor LLCAynealem general contractor LLC
Avinash r.
The first thing which strikes you when you meet John is he is very friendly and he tells you what to do and what not to do for the project …I had to install close to 20 odd recessed lights and few dimmers John was very responsive and his work was of high quality and affordable when I compared it with other contractors . He did clean up most of the dirt and he did few other things also with the recessed lighting .. anytime any day he would be my go to person for electrical stuff ..
Emerald City HandymanEmerald City Handyman
Srikar R.
John did a great job in setting up recessed can lights for our living room. He worked a lot to have minimum cuts possible. Will definitely recommend to anyone. He even taken care of covering all the belongings to not contact dust.
Emerald City HandymanEmerald City Handyman
Snehal k.
John is simply the best. He is very professional, responsible and amazing at his job. He installed recessed lights for us, but before installing he took time to make sure that placement and pattern looked right. He is passionate about his work and it shows.
Emerald City HandymanEmerald City Handyman
Harpreet S.
Daniel showed up at the exact time he confirmed, worked professionally and paid extra attention to the cleanliness. He setup 2 new ceiling light fixtures and did exactly what I wanted. I would definitely recommend hiring him for Electric tasks.
Aynealem general contractor LLCAynealem general contractor LLC
Nikhil M.
Amazing person to work with. Responded to my request immediately, explained what needs to be done, gave an appointment for next day and sent me details of the stuff I need to buy before hand. Did the electrical work to add another light point in the ceiling and also helped with cleaning afterwards. Price was reasonable as well.
TM Electric ⚡️TM Electric ⚡️
Angelo L.
I contacted Chris to help me fix my bedroom lights, because I messed it up to the point it was way out of my hands. He did an awesome job and it looks impecable Not only did he fix my ceiling light, but his politeness is extraordinary. He cleaned up after all his work and left the room as if he wasn't even there; no dust, no drywall specs,etc. Also, not to forget he took off his shoes when he entered and existed the house, and usually I would have to remind my own guest to do so. I definitely recommend Chris for any electrical work you need to accomplish and I'll guarantee you that you'll be more than satisfied.
Ally Electric, LLCAlly Electric, LLC
Nisha B.
Eduardo was prompt and managed to accommodate us in his busy schedule at short notice. We had four light fixtures that we asked him to replace and dimmer switches to be installed, and he did a very quick,neat and precise job. Over all we were very pleased with his professionalism and quality of work and would highly recommend him.
Eduardo SanchezEduardo Sanchez
Joshua M.
I bought an older home and needed some light fixtures replaced and new ceiling fans installed, as well as general inspection. They showed up on time and were very professional, and they did a great job with all the installations. From a pricing standpoint, they are probably at industry standard. I would call them again if I needed something done.
SeaTown Electric, Heating and AirSeaTown Electric, Heating and Air
Thai M.
After spending too much time getting bids for the work needed around the house Christian really broke the pattern of distrust! He was prompt and had the great ability to break down what needs to be done into what a homeowner can digest. Thanks for your two days of work Christian! The lights you installed in our dark front room gives a whole new space!
Ally Electric, LLCAlly Electric, LLC
Ankit P.
Abraham and team did a great job installing ceiling lights in living room and master bedroom with minimal drywall patching. They also installed outlets in bathroom using a dedicated circuit. I loved the attention to details, they didn't take a sCrappy (yes, capital C) approach. The drywall patching and painting was clean as well. Plus the quote was competitive. Additionally, he is super responsive (that was the reason I picked him for the job). All in all, I would hire him for any electrical work. He will be my to go professional for electrical work in future.
Trusted Power ElectricTrusted Power Electric
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