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How Much Does it Cost to Install Lighting Fixtures?

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For electrician’s costs, expect to pay from $85 to $135 per hour in Australia.

The total cost to install light fixtures will depend on many factors such as the price of the fixtures, the cost of labour, and the level of difficulty of the light installation.

This article will help you figure out the price of light fixtures, how much licensed electricians charge per hour, and the cost to maintain the lighting system of a home. 

Cost of lighting fixtures

The cost of light fixtures ranges from $15 to as much as $300, depending on the type and quality of the material. Lighting fixtures will determine the overall cost to install light fixtures.

Light fixtures Indicative costs
Downlights $15 – $200 
Ceiling Lighting (LED Panel luminaire) $60 – $120
Architectural Lighting Track (per metre) $60 – $250 
External wall fixtures $80 – $300

When choosing light fixtures, you should consider the type of lamp and how it performs. This can factor in the price to keep your light fixtures well-maintained.

Type of lighting Cost (per omnidirectional light bulb) Life span (hours)
Halogen $3 – $7 2,000 – 4,000
CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) $3 – $7 6,000 – 15,000
Linear fluorescent $3 – $15 10,000
LED (light-emitting diode) $5 – $25 15,000 – 30,000

Ask for the expert advice of a licensed electrician to know what type of lighting is best suited for your requirements.

Labour Prices for Installation of Lighting Fixtures

To know the overall cost to install light fixture, you should understand how much professional electricians charge per hour. The average labour cost ranges between $85 to $132.

Labour prices can vary depending on the location and how far the electricians have to travel to reach their workplace.

The average hourly rates of electricians in Australia are:

City Cost per hour
Adelaide $85 – $93
Brisbane $93 – $97
Melbourne $80 – $87
Perth $91 – $95
Sydney $100 – $132

Based on the average labour costs for electricians per city or state, installation for a single downlight for an hour of labour may cost between $140 and $970

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Factors that affect the cost of a Lighting Fixture installation

cost of a Lighting Fixture installation

The cost to install light fixtures varies depending on many factors. It is important to be aware of these factors to be able to budget costs when having a lighting fixture installed. 

Cost of labour

The hourly rates of registered electricians can vary between $85 to $132. The rate depends on the qualifications and experience level of the electrician. 

Cost of materials

Light fixtures can vary significantly in price. Is the fixture imported? Internal or external? Architectural or standard? These can all factor in the cost.

We suggest for you visit your local specialist lighting store. They can give advice on selections and costs. It may be advantageous if you purchase the lighting and issue these to your electrician.

Level of difficulty

The cost to install light fixtures will vary depending on the difficulty of the lighting installation. Electricians charge by the hour and a more complex task that takes longer to undertake will cost more. 

Indoor or outdoor lighting

Installing outdoor lighting found in the garden, carport, deck, pool, front walkway, and home exterior can cost more than indoor light fixtures.

The costs of installing pendant lights, ceiling lightings, track lightings, chandeliers, and wall sconces can differ substantially depending on a number of factors such as – accessibility, type of light fixture, existing cabling, age of installation, and more.


How much is the maintenance of a Lighting Fixture?

Lighting Fixture Maintenance

After having lighting installed in your home, you should keep your lighting in excellent condition. Lighting maintenance is vital for increasing energy efficiency and improving safety for homes.

Lighting consumes about 8 to 15% of the average budget for the electricity in a household and one way of yielding household energy savings is by keeping a well-maintained lighting system.


Routine inspections on the lighting system should also be done at least once a year to ensure that there are no possible fire hazards such as: faulty wiring, blown bulbs, or broken fixtures.

The average cost of an inspection by a licensed electrician can vary between $130 to $250.


A build-up of dust or debris on a light bulb or globe or any lighting fixture can start a fire, which is why lighting systems should be kept clean and well-maintained.

Lighting should be regularly cleaned so they will continue to operate properly. Maintaining clean bulbs and fixtures will extend your lighting systems, lifespan, and performance.


Light replacement is changing lamps as they burn out, and is an essential part of lighting system maintenance. One way to deal with lamp burnout is by replacing average incandescent fixtures with LED lighting.

Modern LED lamps offer exceptional life and energy performance. Other lamp sources vary with their performance over their lifespan.

Your entire maintenance plan to deliver the full performance of the installed fixture can be determined by a licensed electrical contractor. HIREtrades can assist you to get up to three free quotes with our Australia-wide directory of electricians.

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