Cost to Install a Recessed Light
Find the average cost to install a recessed light yourself compared with hiring an electrician. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a pro to do the job. Learn what to consider and the steps involved.
We've used recessed lighting fixtures in many houses because they're installed flush with the ceiling and provide illumination in an understated way. The light is a popular choice of designers because it's a simple yet stylish lighting solution. We use three small recessed lights over a fireplace to create nice ambiance and to highlight the mantel.
If you want to install recessed lighting fixtures, first investigate the house's electrical system in the area where the light will be added. If there's an existing fixture or an electrical line to tap into near the ceiling location, the job is doable by a homeowner who has some electrical experience and tools.
You'll pay an electrician $162 to install a 'remodeling' type recessed fixture with trim ring through existing drywall. Buying the fixture and installing it yourself will cost $40, a savings of 75 percent. However, definitely hire an electrician if a new electrical line is needed as a power source for the fixture, which will cost more.
National Average Cost
Install a Recessed Light
- DIY 24%
- PRO 76%