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Old 10-16-2009, 12:32 PM
 
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Hi All,

We wanted your advice on which electrical upgrades to take from the builder on our new construction. Right now we are thinking of only taking recess lighting in the kitchen, and lighting wiring in the family room since it requires work with the roof.

All other rooms (other bedrooms, master bedroom, living room, study) we are planning to get the wiring for lighting done privately after the house is built. What is your advise regarding this? How much should this run us per room? Is it better to get all the rooms done with the builder?

Also what is your opinion regarding getting a motorized chandelier lift with key from the builder? It runs around a $1,500, and we are not going to have chandelier right away in the foyer. But I am not sure how difficult it is do such a thing after the house is built.

Appreciate any advice anyone can provide. Thanks.
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Old 10-16-2009, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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how much are they (the builder) going to charge you to do the lighting while it is being built?

I think you will end up paying $100 per fixture (???) to have it installed afterwards.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:05 PM
 
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Thanks for your reply. The builder is charging $75 without the lighing fixture. Does your price include the fixture?
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Vermont
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My price was a guess based on what I had a guy do, change out a few outlets and he was charging me like $60-75 per (although that was including the GFI outlets which are maybe $10 each?), so it would not include the fixture. The recessed cans aren't that expensive either though, maybe $5-10 each. I am just not sure if you would be able to save much by having someone come in after the fact, when it will be more difficult to run wires, etc. maybe get a quote from a local electrician?

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Old 10-16-2009, 02:06 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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After a house is completed any new wiring is considered old work for the purpose of pricing. I did this for forty years and I hated old work. Get it done by the electrician who is wiring your house now.
As far as the motorized chandelier. If the space above the ceiling is accessible you can install the lift at a future date but snaking the control wires is more difficult. If you want to wait ask the electrician to provide the power and control wiring now.
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Ocean County, NJ
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I had recessed lighting put in in the kitchen. It was worth it. I also had the ceiling fans roughed in, in 5 rooms. That was totally worth it, since they wired a switch for the fan and one for the light.
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:44 AM
 
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Anything that involves running wiring through the walls should be done by the builder, IMO. At $75/fixture, he's not gouging you, and it'll cost much more to have it done by a licensed electrician later, since he'll have to fish wiring through the finished walls. You're also likely to end up with drywall repairs to make, since it's not always possible to get a clean shot to the new fixture location without cutting the walls/ceilings open.

The chandelier lift is a waste of money, IMO, unless the chandelier will be 16+ feet off the floor. Anything less than that can easily be reached from a stepladder.
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:47 PM
 
Location: North Jersey
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Also have the electrician install a chase from the attic to the basement. This way any future wiring would be easy if needed.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:12 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for their help. What do you mean by running a chase from the attick to the basement? I am not sure I understand this.
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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I've spent a good amount of money on my new home construction recently, and I left the 'upgrades' to things that I thought were essential to do now (with one or two exceptions).

Attached are the upgrades. SP = light switch. I think the rest is self explanatory.

Your mileage might vary depending on whether the builder includes some things standard or not. For instance, the light above the kitchen sink, if you even want one, is it standard or not? For me, it was not and, hence, I had to add it since we wanted it.

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