Before you order a job you naturally want a clear idea of just what it is going to cost you. Which is why we engage to give you realistic and accurate quotes for all and any of our lighting and wiring installations. Because of our long experience in the business we have an excellent idea of just what is involved in any given job and therefore how long it will take, what the cost of the installations themselves will be, the work to install, and the making good of the surfaces around the installation (which you can take on your own charge if you prefer).
Truly Accurate Quotes
In order to ensure that our quotes are truly accurate we need to have precise details of the installation and that means that while we can give a rough ballpark figure over the phone or by email we really need to come round, take a look at the building, agree with you on the exact installation details right down to types and numbers of parts, and then we can give you a precise and accurate quote. Once we've ironed out the details and fixed the price we can talk timetables.
What Impacts Cost
The biggest single thing that will affect how much we quote for lighting is the type of lighting being installed. Some lighting units are significantly more expensive than others and that will be reflected in the costs. Chandeliers can cost thousands, low end LED ceiling lights are very cheap, so every job will have a different price.
Cost of Labor
All our electricians are qualified professionals and seriously if you're hoping to cut costs by having something as important as electrical work done by someone who is not qualified then you really might want to think about that again. There is always a safety issue with electrical work which means you don't just want a handyman to install a lighting system or electrical panel. Our electricians are paid a reasonable rate so the big thing that then affects the cost of labor is just how much time is going to be required to do the job. Typically working outside will take more hours to fix landscape lights and underwater systems and that will be reflected in the pricing. Installations that require recessing, or insetting will take longer because of the work required to prepare the surface or structure. That's only natural but don't worry, we've done this enough times that we can see just how big a job is and give you a quote that reflects that with no nasty surprises.
Cost of Materials
If there is existing wiring in place and the original installation isn't too old then a lot of new lighting can simply be wired in. Some materials cost a little more, particularly smart lighting and others are relatively cheap but involve higher labor costs (such as recessed lighting that involves dry wall work). Some very fancy looking set ups are actually very cheap such as rail lights for kitchens, but for all lighting costs we have to account for the light fitting itself, the bulb, and often a junction box as part of safely integrating the new lighting with the household wiring.