Cost to add bedroom ceiling light

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Posted by: from Etobicoke
3/6/2019 at 7:42:13 PM


I'm wondering what the labor cost is to add a ceiling light, wiring, and a wall switch in a bedroom with attic access.

Thank you

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Date/Time3/6/2019 at 9:16:02 PM


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Robert from ElecTriLight Ltd. in Oakville
Date/Time3/6/2019 at 9:29:45 PM

That could depend on the age of the home, type of fixture installed, ceiling height, assembly time of fixture, ESA permit and certificate should also be supplied by your LEC.

For your own safety, you need to be aware that only Licensed Electrical Contractors are allowed to do electrical work.

ESA permits MUST be obtained with inspections carried out. If anyone tells you otherwise they are working illegally. Check their ESA number and license information.

Some info for you:

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Date/Time3/6/2019 at 10:37:09 PM

Labour rates will vary from city to city. Usually a job of this nature will be a matter of how many hours. However, the total amount of time required will depend on age and construction of the house, the existing wiring system and the ease of access.

Many contractors may want to preview the job before committing to an estimate on costs. Keep in mind that estimating on finished surfaces do not always reveal all the challenges of the job.

As mentioned in other comments, the cost of inspection permits in Ontario is mandatory. Anyone not applying for a permit, or suggesting that you apply for it yourself is probably not operating as a licensed electrical contractor.

One other thing to mention, is that not all electrical contractors are created equal. Remember that there is value in a contractor who takes the time to protect your home (ie: drop sheets, floor and wall protection, etc), and takes the time to clean up after themselves.

For more information on the Electrical Safety Authority, and to find a locally licensed contractor in your area, please visit

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Maria from MADE ELECTRIC in East York
Date/Time3/6/2019 at 11:08:49 PM

Hi Chris,

The best way to find an accurate quote is to have a contractor to come and see the job

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Date/Time3/6/2019 at 11:32:43 PM



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Date/Time3/16/2019 at 11:19:20 PM

Quite honestly, I think you should look at getting a couple of other things done at the sometime. The ESA fee is the same and the contractor is going to charge you a minimum for going there; you are looking at a minimum of four hours likely.

As mentioned, age and construction of the home are important considerations. If you have lathe and plaster walls with fire stops compared to modern drywall there will be a difference. If you have asbestos insulation in the attic verses modern insulation verses no insulation there will be a difference.

Attic access is important also... this is a job that is 100% labour, the material is insignificant... you are basically paying a guy to crawl around in your attic for several hours. I can't see this being any less than a half day charge so I would expect no less than $500.


John Kuehnl-Cadwell, CD, ME

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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Janna in New Jersey
Date/Time4/7/2019 at 8:12:32 PM

You can get extra light without hiring workers. Now there are many options for LED lamps that work on batteries. I have a chandelier in my bedroom and this light isn't enough to read in bed or embroidered in a room, so I want to buy a portable LED lamp. Here is the article for more information about this. It seems to me that such a lamp allows you to light the light correctly and you don't need to buy bright light bulbs for the bedroom, you can leave warm yellow light, but use cold white if you need to read or engage in needlework.

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