Cost to Install Can Lighting

Updated: March 2018

Can Lights Installation CalculatorZip Code
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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 to install can lighting with favorable site conditions. Turn off power to circuit. Layout location and cut mounting hole. Add or modify wiring from existing switch or existing parallel fixture after verifying safe amperage for circuit. Connect and place fixture. Secure wiring and place trim piece. Power and test. Includes planning, equipment and material acquisition, area preparation and protection, setup and cleanup.
1 light$42.47$101.19
Can Light Job Supplies 
Cost of related materials and supplies typically required to install can lighting including: connectors, fittings, junction boxes and fasteners.
1 light$42.47$101.19
Option: Add AFCI Circuit Protection
Shutoff power to circuit. Remove existing circuit breaker. Add new 15A or 20A Arc Fault Circuit Interrupt breaker. Repower and verify proper operation. For existing systems with compatible AFCI breaker option only.
1 light$42.47$101.19
 Unused Minimum Labor
Balance of 2 hr(s) minimum labor charge that can be applied to other tasks.
   
Totals - Cost To Install Can Lighting   
Average Cost per Light  
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For a basic project in zip code 47474 with 1 light, the cost to Install Can Lighting starts at $247 - $348 per light. Actual costs will depend on job size, conditions, size options.

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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.
  • 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 13% to 22% 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.

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