A chandelier can make a dramatic design statement in your home. Adding a new chandelier can change the look and feel of a room as well as light it, reflecting your style with a functional fixture. Costs for installing chandeliers vary with the type and location of fixture you choose, and whether an electrician or other contractor will be needed to prepare the site.
New Chandelier Installation
Placing your chandelier in a location that has never been wired for any electrical fixture is the costliest installation scenario, since it requires new wiring in your home. National prices for new chandelier installations range from $135 to $301 and are mostly affected by the location for your new fixture and the condition of your home’s wiring. An electrician will need to run new wires from the fixture’s location to your electrical panel, so the ease of access he has to your ceiling structure and existing wiring will determine the time and materials involved in preparing the site.
Replacing a Chandelier
In most cases, replacing an old chandelier with a new one requires little modification to your home and generally costs $122 to $271, based on national prices. Provided your existing wiring is adequate, your new fixture will work with your existing wall switch, but upgrading your switch to a dimmer or adding a three-way switch will add to the cost of the project. Your choice of chandelier, any materials needed for electrical upgrades, and your electrician’s time are the main factors that determine the price of your installation.
Replacing an Existing Light Fixture with a Chandelier
If you are placing your new chandelier in the same location as an existing light fixture, evaluate the site to plan for the installation. You can expect to pay between $119 and $264 for a replacement project in the U.S. Since chandeliers are generally heavier than standard light fixtures, your electrician must ensure that the junction box mounted inside your ceiling is able to support the additional weight of your new fixture. If upgrades to the box or wiring are necessary, the additional time and materials to improve the site will affect your costs.
The size of your new chandelier may affect the price of your installation, since larger, heavier fixtures require special considerations for mounting and may require extra manpower or equipment to handle. The average installation for a small chandelier costs $151 nationally, compared to $232 for an extra-large fixture. Larger fixtures may require substantial bracing in your ceiling, so be sure to discuss with your installer if he will handle structural improvements or if you will need to hire a carpenter or other contractor to prepare the site.
Ceiling Heights and Chandeliers
The height of the ceiling where you will place your chandelier may contribute to the cost of the project. Since installations on standard 8’ ceilings generally do not require special equipment, materials or tools, the project averages $163 nationally, but higher ceilings present a range of challenges. The average cost for installations on 14’ ceilings is currently $387, since the installer may need extra manpower or equipment to lift and support your new fixture. Also, any wiring changes or upgrades will be affected by the height, angle and accessibility of the ceiling and special hardware or accessories for mounting your chandelier will add to the installation price. Additionally, the long-term maintenance of a higher chandelier will contribute to your overall costs since cleaning and changing bulbs on the fixture cannot be accomplished as easily as with those on standard height ceilings. Consider whether you will be able to maintain the fixture yourself or if it is more practical to hire a service person to handle the task. An optional chandelier lift will enable you—or your service contractor—to easily lower the fixture for maintenance, simplifying upkeep. These hoist systems come at a premium, but can provide significant convenience and long-term savings on ownership of your chandelier.
Planning for Your Chandelier Installation
Adding or replacing a chandelier is an excellent way to update or change the décor in any room. Be sure to consider the condition and height of your mounting site as you choose your fixture and plan for installation and maintenance costs.