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Old 01-10-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: herndon VA
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I am planning on getting recessed lighting installed in my house. Have talked to couple electrician/contractors and don't have a good idea yet regarding the quality and the good price per installed light.

Any help is highly appreciated.
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Fairfax Station, VA
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A year ago I paid $125 per light installed (that included the light fixture). Another electrician quoted $100 per light if I bought the fixtures myself.
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:27 PM
 
Location: In the woods
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Do you just the lights to be installed? If so, someone who is a DIYer or handyman could do that. Check with your home insurance though; in case of a fire, they may not warrant something unless it was installed by a certified electrician. I've installed my own lights, chandeliers, and ceiling fans (with no problems!)

Or do you need wires run through for the lights? that's where I see the costs going up. Furthermore, although this may not be an issue (if your house is new), check to see if you have enough AMPs for your house. If not, this is something bigger.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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We put in recessed lighting in our family room a year ago. The lighting was the cheap part compared to having somebody come in a fix the drywall!
We did 10 lights I think for around $500 (maybe) but the drywall and painting the ceiling was around $1000.
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:28 PM
 
Location: herndon VA
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We put in recessed lighting in our family room a year ago. The lighting was the cheap part compared to having somebody come in a fix the drywall!
We did 10 lights I think for around $500 (maybe) but the drywall and painting the ceiling was around $1000.
Did you supply the hardware for the lighting or the $500 includes that as well? I want to install these in the kitchen - may be about 4 lights. Was he a guy that you would recommend?
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:53 PM
 
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I intend to do it myself in my living room soon. But I have a rambler and just go into the attic to get to the wiring. I would probably have someone do it for me otherwise because I really, really hate drywall work.
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:39 AM
 
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Do you already have the electrical run in place? Do you have easy access to the locations you want the lights, or will you need to bust drywall?

The cans themselves cost like $8-$10. The trim, a little bit more.
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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I can't help you with costs, but I recently had to redo some of the lights in my house because they were not up to code (we bought the house in January of 2010). Some of this was because some of the lights were installed 25 years ago when the codes were different. Some of it was due to the cheap remodel of one of the bathrooms the previous owner did two years ago.

So, what do you need to know to avoid my problems?

All lights that are going to be installed in a ceiling that opens into an attic must be (1) insulation rated, and (2) air tight. The combination is sometimes known as ICAT. If the lights are not insulation rated, then they can not be in contact with any insulation. This means that the insulation in the attic needs to be pulled back around the light. If the lights are not airtight, you basically have large holes in your ceiling that open into the attic.

Our upstairs baked in the sumer (partially) because the air conditioner was pulling hot attic air down through the light fixtures (the old ones, Lightoliers, were insulation rated [ic], but not airtight, whereas the 2-year-old lights were neither IC or AT). Replacing the lights (and sealing the old IC lights) made a tremendous and immediately noticeable difference. In the winter, they caused a chimney effect that made the upstairs overly warm (all of the warm air was pulled up there and out the ceiling). When I went into the attic to investigate last summer, you could see that the formerly white insulation (that was placed against the non-IC lights!) was black, as it had acted like a cigarette filter, filtering out all of the dust as the air left the upstairs in winter (or was pulled down from the attic in the summer).

If you are not installing lights in a top floor ceiling (for example, on the first floor of a two-story house), then the lights do not need to be ICAT. LIkewise, since you won't have access from above (like you would in an attic), you'll need to use remodelers, which can be installed from below.

As for light brands, here is my experience:


Halo -- nice engineering, very easy to install, but I found that BR40 bulbs do not recess fully when using the 6-inch airtight trim and hang down by one inch. I had to resort to using Br30 to reduce the glare.

Lightolier -- better made, look nicer, but not as well engineered as Halo (IMO). Harder to install. More upscale than Halo.

Stay way from Consumer Electric (Home Depot brand). Pure junk.

Stick with a reputable brand, such as Halo, Juno, or Lightolier (owned by Phillips).

Depending on the brand, the cans aren't that expensive ($10 for Halo, $30 for Lightolier), but the trim (the visible part that you see, including any baffles or cones) can run from $10-$150, depending on the quality. And do not try to save a few bucks -- anything cheaper than Halo is worthless junk.

Examples (6 inch) from Halo are the H7ICAT (fixture/can only -- does not include trim) and from Lightolier the 1100aicm. If you are doing it yourself, the only drywall work would be cutting the holes -- if you are accurate, the edge of the cans will fit snug with the hole and the trim will cover the edges.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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I've worked with a professional handyman from Reston (I'm a GC) and he's also done a lot of work in my mom's condo. He's under-priced in my opinion but he does competent work and is careful with details. He can do your recessed lighting job with his eyes closed...

Buzz...703-220-7197. He's licensed. Tell him Mike B referred you to him.

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Old 01-16-2011, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Did you supply the hardware for the lighting or the $500 includes that as well? I want to install these in the kitchen - may be about 4 lights. Was he a guy that you would recommend?

He was actually a friend of mine's brother. He works for an electrical company during the day, and our job was a moonlighting gig. He lives in Lorton, I can see if he is interested in heading to Herndon if you like. We bought the materials ourselves, once he told us what to buy.

PS: Sorry for the delayed response!
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