Last updated on March 31st, 2022
Recessed lighting cost guide
If you want to create a modern, stylish look in your home, recessed lighting is the perfect finishing touch to go for. In this guide, we’ll look at the average recessed lighting cost, so that you can plan your lighting budget.
If you want to create a modern, stylish look in your home, recessed lighting is the perfect finishing touch to go for. This kind of lighting is clean and minimal, with no visible cables or wiring. Each light fitting nestles flush in the ceiling, an ideal choice for homes with limited ceiling height for hanging fixtures.
Recessed lights are also highly versatile and offer a great source of light, whether you’re creating an ambience in the living room or need task lighting in the kitchen.
In this guide, we’ll look at the average recessed lighting cost, so that you can plan your lighting budget.
How much does recessed lighting cost?
|Cost provided item||Low cost||High cost||Average cost|
|Recessed lighting cost per fitting||£40||£80||£60|
|Recessed lighting - average cost for full room (approx 6 lights)||£100||£300||£200|
Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now
The cost to add recessed lighting can vary depending on a few key factors. Firstly, whether you already have light fittings which will need to be replaced, or whether your recessed lights are being installed from scratch. If there’s an existing wiring circuit in place already, it’s likely to be cheaper. The cost to install recessed lighting in existing, wired ceiling infrastructure is typically less due to there being less labour involved. If the wiring is up to standard, this should cost around £50.
Other factors which can affect the cost include your location and the number of lights to be fitted. Plus, the type of bulb (i.e. dimmable or high specifications) and whether there are any issues or complications with access.
On average though, you can expect to pay between £40 – £80 per recessed light, depending on where you live.
Cost to install recessed lighting in kitchens
Recessed lights are a popular choice for kitchens. They’re sleek, neat and great for providing task lighting over worktops and islands.
The average recessed lighting cost for a whole room, such as a kitchen, is around £200. This is for around six lights, so you’ll need to scale this up if you have a more ambitious lighting scheme in mind.
What type of recessed bulbs are available?
There are lots of options available, including dimmable bulbs and energy-efficient LED bulbs. You can take your pick from colour options (such as warm white, for example) and different kinds of trim.
Do I need an electrician to install recessed lighting?
Absolutely, you’ll need a qualified electrician to make a neat, safe job of installing your recessed lights.