March 28, 2018
The cost to install recessed lights in the Denver area ranges from $150 to $450 per light.
Want to narrow in on what your specific price range might be?
Well, it all depends on 2 factors:
Read on to determine how these 2 factors affect whether you’ll pay closer to the lower or higher end of the price range.
When it comes to recessed lighting, you have several decisions to make if you plan on purchasing each light yourself:
We know—that probably sounds like a bunch of gibberish. So, let’s take a look at what these choices mean and how they affect price.
Note: Sometimes it’s best to have your electrician provide these lights as they can get discounted prices on recessed lighting.
This option refers to the amount of electricity the lights require. The difference between the 2 is that:
Our suggestion: If you’re willing to spend a bit more upfront, choose low-voltage lighting. Low-voltage lights last longer and cost less to operate, which means lower energy bills. They also produce warmer, more natural light that is brighter than line-voltage lighting. That means homeowners who choose low-voltage lights may be able to light a room using less recessed lights in total.
Here’s a visual of the difference in installation when it comes to IC fixtures vs non-IC fixtures.
But heads up: You may not have a choice when it comes to this option. We’ll explain...
IC fixtures (“Insulation Contact”):
Non-IC fixtures (“Non-Insulation Contact”):
Our suggestion: Choose ICAT fixtures if possible. Although they’re more expensive to purchase, they’ll quickly pay for themselves via lower energy bills since they prevent air leakage. Sometimes they even pay for themselves in less than a year. Plus, they’re safer since they aren’t a fire hazard.
“New construction” and “remodel” are names of the 2 different types of housing that the lightbulb will sit inside.
And you may not have a choice when it comes to this option either. That’s because:
Our suggestion: Go with new construction housing whenever possible. These housings are cheaper and easier to install.
To get an idea of what you might pay for labor fees alone, consider the following questions:
Let’s take a closer look at these 3 questions…
Take a look at the area where you’ll want recessed lights installed and see if you can determine the following:
If your electrician can’t tap into an existing light circuit to power your recessed lights, they’ll have to install a new AFCI breaker.
And installing a new AFCI breaker can cost an additional $160 to $260.
To learn more about AFCI breaker installations, check out our blog, “How Much Does It Cost to Install an AFCI Breaker?”.
If not, you’ll likely save a few bucks on installation. But you’ll also pay more in the long-term.
You see, low-quality electricians come with lower prices. But they also come with less experience and skill, which means they’re more likely to cut corners on electrical installations, which results in:
Our suggestion: Don’t say no to electrical companies who offer higher installation fees.
Instead, get several quotes but ultimately go with a company who:
For your convenience, you can request an appointment in one of two ways: