Cost to Install Can Lighting

Updated: June 2016

Can Lights Installation Cost CalculatorZip Code
ItemQuantityLow  High  
Can Light Cost
Non-discounted retail pricing for: 5" recessed, remodel design recessed lighting fixture. Basic white trim. No direct contact with insulation 120V.
1 light$42.47$101.19
Can Light Labor - Basic
Basic labor estimate to install can lighting. Layout location and cut mounting hole. Add or modify wiring from existing switch or existing parallel fixture after verifying safe amperage for circuit. Conect and place fixture. Secure wiring and place trim piece. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
2.4 hours$190.41$243.46
Can Light Materials and Supplies
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to install can lighting including: connectors, fittings, junction boxes and fasteners.
1 Light$20.00$25.00

Totals - Cost to Install Can Lighting - 1 Light $252.88$369.65
Average Cost Per Light  $252.88$369.65

Get an INSTANT, detailed estimate of the cost to Install Can Lighting! Our free calculator uses up-to-date, trusted data to estimate typical subcontractor costs for a Can Lights Installation project. For a basic 1 light project in zip code 47474, the benchmark cost to Install Can Lighting ranges between $252.88 - $369.65 per light.

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Cost to Install Can Lighting - Notes and General Information

These estimates are for BASIC work performed in serviceable conditions by qualified trade professionals using MID GRADE materials. Work not mentioned on this page and/or work using master craftsman, premium materials and project supervision will result in HIGHER COSTS! Explore the full range of can lighting new installation labor options and material prices here.

These estimates are NOT substitutes for written quotes from trade professionals. Homewyse strongly recommends that you contact reputable professionals for accurate assessments of work required and costs for your project - before making any decisions or commitments.

The cost estimate includes:

  • Costs for local material / equipment delivery to and service provider transportation to and from the job site.
  • Costs to prepare the worksite for Can Lights Installation, including costs to protect existing structure(s), finishes, materials and components.
  • Costs for job cleanup and debris removal at project completion.
  • Labor setup time, mobilization time and minimum hourly charges that are commonly included for small Can Lights Installation jobs.

The cost estimate does NOT include:

  • Costs for removing, relocating, repairing, or modifying existing framing, surfacing, HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems - or bringing those systems into compliance with current building codes.
  • Costs for testing and remediation of hazardous materials (asbestos, lead, etc).
  • General contractor overhead and markup for organizing and supervising the Can Lights Installation. Add 15% to 23% to the total cost above if a general contractor will supervise this project.
  • Sales tax on materials and supplies.
  • Permit or inspection fees (or portion thereof) required by your local building department for your overall project.

Cost to Install Can Lighting - References

Can Lights Installation - Average Cost Per Light

Expect to pay in the higher end of the price range for a licensed, insured and reputable pro - and for complex or rush projects.

To lower Can Lights Installation costs: combine related projects, minimize options/extras and be flexible about project scheduling.

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