Cost to install recessed wafer lights


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Old 03-07-23, 05:22 PM
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Cost to install recessed wafer lights

I got quoted $600 to install 4, 6 inch recessed flat wafer type led lights in the living room plus a fan, including Romex only. I am providing everything else. Is this quote within acceptable industry range?
 
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Old 03-07-23, 05:28 PM
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I'm providing everything else ??

What is the electrician supplying ?
 
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Old 03-07-23, 05:43 PM
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There are a lot of variables here. Is this new construction or is the ceiling finished? Is there any existing wiring? Is the fan box existing? Is the box for the fan a fan rated box? Is there a switch for the new lights or will that need to be added?

$600 sounds a bit light to me.
 
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Old 03-07-23, 08:52 PM
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The electrician is supplying Romex wires. I bought the lights, switches, fan box (the type that has a brace that you screw into ceiling joists, on either side.
this is not a new construction, ceiling is fixed and there's stuff access. There's wiring, 2 gang by the door, one for porch light and a switched receptacle. So new switch will have to be added or taken from the switched receptacle.

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How about 1500 bux to upgrade the main breaker panel from 60amp to 200amp? I have never had these done before, so I have no idea on cost comparisons.
 
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Old 03-08-23, 03:48 PM
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Upgrading a panel like that will require upgrading the meter socket and any overhead wires as needed. It is also required to bond the water service and install a proper ground rod if there isn't one present. Also, depending on the code cycle you are on it may be required to install a surge protector in the panel. Add to that inspections as required. $1500 to replace a panel from 60 amps to 200 amps is about half to 1/3 the cost it should be.

For comparison, we are currently replacing a bunch of panels at some townhouses. This is removing a 100 amp panel and installing a new 100 amp panel, with no changes to the existing feeders or meter sockets. The price for this is $1600-$2000 depending on any "extras" not included in the proposal. (Replacing existing dryer receptacles, existing receptacles, fixing code violations, etc)

I am quite suspicious that these guys are even "real" licensed electricians/electrical contractors. I highly recommend you get at least two more bids. What often happens is they will give you a super low price and then add a bunch of extras that were not in the bid. Please beware!!
 
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Great insight - It makes sense to get 2... 3 other quotes. I don't mind to pay for a job that's done right and priced fairly. Thanks
 
 

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