Average Chandelier Installation Prices
Chandeliers add beauty and drama to your home. Installing a chandelier is a great way to define your foyer, glamorize your dining room or add a sophisticated touch to the master bedroom. Replacing an old light fixture with a chandelier is a quick and inexpensive way to update your home.
If you’re replacing an old chandelier with a new one, you might be able to handle the job yourself. However, you’ll need to call in an electrician if you’re adding a chandelier where one has not existed before. You’ll also have to hire an electrician if any of the wiring running to the chandelier is old and needs updating.
Cost to Install a Chandelier
The price of a chandelier installation depends on the size and weight of the chandelier, the difficulty of installation, the condition of the wiring, whether you’re replacing an old chandelier or installing a new one, ceiling height, whether a support system is required to hold the weight of the chandelier and local labor rates.
Most electricians charge about $100 to $200 to install a new chandelier in place of an old one (not including the cost of the chandelier). Installing a new chandelier where one is not already in place costs anywhere from $300 to $2,000 or more (again, not including the chandelier). Budget on the low end of that price range for a small chandelier with normal-size ceilings, and budget on the high end for a large chandelier with high ceilings that require a lift to reach.
DIY vs. Hiring a Professional
If you’re replacing an old light fixture with a small chandelier and you are handy, installing a chandelier can be a DIY project. Budget about 2 to 4 hours. However, keep in mind that the standard electrical box can hold a maximum 50 pounds, and most standard-size chandeliers weigh more than that. Chandeliers weighing more than 50 pounds require installation of an additional support system.
Plan to hire an electrician if:
- You’re installing a chandelier in an area with no existing light fixture or chandelier.
- The wiring in your home is old and requires updating.
- The chandelier is too heavy or large to handle safely.
- The chandelier requires additional support and you’re not sure how to install it.
- You’re generally not experienced with DIY projects.
Electrical work should always be left to a licensed electrician, but if you simply need to have a new chandelier installed in place of an old one, you can save money by hiring a handyman to do the job. Handymen can usually handle installing additional support systems, too. Just be careful about who you choose – make sure the handyman is licensed, insured and reputable.
Choosing an Electrician
Chances are, there are dozens of electricians in your area. So how do you go about finding the best one for the job? Here are some tips:
Get quotes from several local electricians to compare prices. Throw out any bids that come in unusually high or low.
Make sure the electrician is licensed. Ask to see a copy of his or her current license, or ask for the licensing number and check with your state’s labor department or licensing board to make sure the license is active.
Do considerable background research on any electrician you’re considering. Ask for references and check them all. Check the company’s rating with the Better Business Bureau and, if you’re a member, Angie’s List.
Make sure the electrician obtains the necessary permits.
Make sure the electrician carries liability insurance to protect your home (and bank account) in the event of an accident.
Always choose an electrician with extensive experience installing chandeliers. Chandeliers tend to be delicate, and they are more difficult to install than traditional light fixtures. You want to hire an electrician who knows how to properly handle and install a chandelier.
How much do chandeliers cost?
Some chandeliers can be surprisingly inexpensive and others can be more expensive. An inexpensive chandelier might cost:
- Under $100 for a five light chandelier in a simple design
- Around $140 for a more ornate chandelier with five lights
- Around $240 for a French inspired five light chandelier
- $240 for a heritage chandelier with five lights
Of course, chandeliers can be much more expensive. In general, a more expensive chandelier will have more detailing and more lights. You can choose from many types of chandeliers. Crystal chandeliers are popular and can cost:
- $280 for a three light crystal chandelier
- $500 for a five light crystal chandelier
- $900 for a more elaborate chandelier
- $1000 or more for an ornate crystal chandelier
Crystal chandeliers are just one type of chandelier and another type may be perfect for your home. Some other types of chandeliers include:
- Basket chandeliers range in price from around $200 to $4500 for a large and ornate chandelier
- Pendant chandeliers can cost between $500 and $3700
- Flush mount chandeliers are mounted flush to the ceiling. They can cost between $230 for a small chandelier to $2000 for a 94cm wide chandelier
- Candle chandeliers have lights that resemble candles. A candle chandelier can cost up to $2000, but less expensive candle chandeliers are available
- Some chandeliers have shades over each light. They can cost between $600 for a four shade chandelier to $1500 for a nine shade chandelier
It’s worth looking at all types of chandeliers and deciding which chandelier will be best in any given room. You may choose a modern chandelier or a traditional chandelier and either of them can be ideal for some types of rooms.
An electrician will have to install your chandelier
Aside from the cost of a chandelier, you will need to hire an electrician to install it. Installing a chandelier can be tricky and it must be installed by a licensed electrician. To find out how much an electrician will cost, read How Much Does an Electrician Cost? In general, the cost depends on the complexity of the job and the costs of wiring and other components.
An electrician will have to do two things when installing a chandelier. First they will install the chandelier and then they will install the light switch for the chandelier. A dimmer switch is a good idea for any chandelier because it allows you to adjust the brightness level.
An electrician may charge a flat service fee for the first half hour. The cost may be between $70 and $130. Then they will charge by the hour and the hourly rate can be between $70 and $95 per hour, but they will charge in 15 minute increments.
You can get quotes from electricians and compare their rates, but you may not want to settle for the lowest rate. An experienced electrician will know what they are doing when hanging a chandelier, so ask if the electricians you get quotes from have experience in hanging chandeliers. They must also:
- Hold a current licence
- Be insured
- Provide a written quote
- Have references
An experienced electrician can provide a written quote based on previous experience. An electrician who has been working in your area for a long time will have references you can contact. A current licence and insurance are both important and don’t let an electrician whose licence has expired or an uninsured electrician work on your property.