Average Cost/Price to Fit/Install Wall Lights





To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…


(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)



How Much Does it Cost To Fit Wall Lights?

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These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £200 per day and a labourer if required at £100 per day. They include the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any
incidental materials they will need.

(The minimum price will usually be for a half day)


Job 1

Your lovely wife wants 4
dimmed wall lights in the living room. There are no mouldings around the ceiling edge and the bedroom above has normal boards.

(Why can’t my wife just leave things alone for 5 minutes? Christ, we only decorated in there 15 years ago)!

She will supply the units and switch and she wants a pair on one wall and a pair opposite them.

The spare bedroom furniture will have to be cleared out (to where)? and the caret will have to be rolled up and left in the middle of the room to get in the way. You will do all this and put it all back again afterwards.

The electrics will take two blokes 1 day but their
plasterer mate will need to be called in to make good, that’s half a day. Then the sparks will come back and fit the lights and switch, another half day but with no labourer.

Labour……£475.00. materials…….£50.00.
Total …….£525.00


Job 2
If they have to “do the bedroom” as well that’s 2 men a day
…………£300.00


Job 3
Wallpaper the room afterwards and of course repaint everything as well
………£1500.00


Oh yes…..the lights and switch, how much did they cost you?








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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on Putting up/Installing/Fitting Wall Lights



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There are legalities to observe here. They are numerous, complicated and very often ignored! A comprehensive breakdown can be found in Electrics. You really should read it before you have any electrical work undertaken.

Wall lights then!........If you’re just replacing nasty old ones you are lucky, if you want to put them on a “virgin wall” it
could be a bit of a rude word to sort out. First, you need power, electrical power that is and it should be from an existing lighting circuit. It can be diverted from a ring circuit (which supplies wall sockets) but it will need to be “fused down”, which requires an accessible (visible) “box” being fixed somewhere.

Fusing down is necessary because ring mains supply more power than lighting circuits, which use thinner cables. This isn’t a problem until a fault occurs somewhere, then the extra power a ring main
can supply, will flow through the smaller lighting cables and they will overheat and burn and the ring main fuse won’t know anything about it! Fusing down, stops your house burning down! Remember that! You might even want to try and weave it into a nursery rhyme!

So. Where is this power to be found? Why…… in the floor above of course and because most wall lights are fitted in ground floor rooms, that requires the “bedroom” boards to come up and what if they’re all laminate flooring? The cables then need to be run to the new light positions, which means channels in the wall, replastering and probably redecorating. And what if you have a lovely cornice, how will the cables get behind that? Then a new light switch will probably need to be fitted…..on the other side of the room.

Sophistication……it’s a costly business when “sparks” charge two hundred a day!




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