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Typical cost of recessed lights installation

Posted by twitter007 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 2, 12 at 17:29


I'm thinking about adding recessed lights in 3 bedrooms in my house. Rooms are about 12x12 each with 8-9 feet ceiling. It's a single family home and there is attic access over the bedrooms. Rooms don't have any ceiling fans. It will by a typical installation with 4 cans in each room. I'll prefer energy efficient lights - either CFL or LED. I don't really need dimmers but will add them if they are not too expensive. Should I call an electrician or a handyman for this kind of job. Also, what is typical range of installation cost? I'm in San Francisco Bay area.

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RE: Typical cost of recessed lights installation

Figure on $100 - $150 per can. You'd also be subject to title 24.

RE: Typical cost of recessed lights installation

In a bedroom, Title 24 requires a dimmer for incandescent fixtures. (And a can with a screw in socket counts...) You can get cans with GU24 sockets to avoid the dimmer, but may find you want the dimmer anyway.

The Cree CR6 LED downlight is available in both screw-in and GU24 versions, with the GU24 version being more expensive. With four in each room, it would be less expensive to use a dimmer and get the screw-in versions.

Just say NO to CFLs.

RE: Typical cost of recessed lights installation

Thanks for the helpful answers.

Today an electrician visited the house and he said it would cost $199 per can for LED lights. He also said that two cans would give enough light. My rooms are about 11' x 11' with 8 ft ceiling. Are there any guidelines for number of cans/100 square feet?

RE: Typical cost of recessed lights installation

Cost for CR6 ~ 39.99 (CA), can ~ 15.

I would light the space at ~ 20 lumens per sq ft. So for your space 11 * 11 * 20 = 2420 lumens. Assuming a nominal output of 575 lumens per CR6 and dimming, output per can drops to ~ 546 lumens.

If all the light is from the cans , # cans required is 2420 /546 = 5 (4.4 rounded up).

RE: Typical cost of recessed lights installation

In SF, even if you are remodeling, it might be required that yu get cans for new construction which are fully housed and cost more. Also, if you live in a multi-family building (even a duplex) I am being told the fixtures need to be further enclosed ina custom made plywood box for each one....this gets very expensive..I'd love to hear if anyone knows if there are Ttile 24 cans for new construction, rated for next to insulation that wouldn't need additonal plywood housing, or if these plywood boxes come prefab from anywhere.

RE: Typical cost of recessed lights installation

Yes, there are Insulation Contact (IC) rated cans. Eg Halo 7ICAT.

What do you mean by "fully housed"?

Your electrician should know what to get.

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