Downlight Installation Cost on HIREtrades

$70 - $140 per hour

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$140 per hour

How Much Does it Cost to Install Downlights?

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Downlights Installation Cost

Licensed electricians in Australia usually charge an hourly rate for downlights installation costs, with labour costing around $50 to $140 per hour.

Some electricians also charge a flat service fee of $150 to attend to your home. The labour includes hole drilling and wiring/rewiring each downlight before connecting it to the wall switch. Here are the average labour costs in different Australian cities:

Downlight Installation Average Cost (per hour)

  • Sydney $70 – $130
  • Melbourne $85 – $130
  • Brisbane $75 – $120
  • Canberra $85 – $140
  • Perth $90 – $120
  • Darwin $80 – $120
  • Hobart $70 – $110
  • Adelaide $80 – $100


The average total cost to install downlights totals $400 to 600 for a 14 square metres bedroom using 12 lights. That said, the final amount is highly variable due to many factors like the ease of access to your ceiling cavity or the health of your electrical and wiring system, which might run up the work hours significantly.

Downlights have grown in popularity in recent years not only for their subtle elegance but for the transformative effect they have on a particular area’s mood. They keep your ceiling looking uncluttered and offer sleek decor options due to their compact sizes that either sit flush or recessed with a ceiling.

In this article, we’ll be talking about the different downlight types, their costs, and how to choose the best one for your home, as well as how to quickly hire an electrician that can get your job done in no time. Read on!

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LED Downlight Installation Cost

LED downlights are far more energy-efficient than incandescent globes. Furthermore, incandescent light bulbs have a lifespan of little more than 1,500 hours, whereas LED light bulbs can last anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 hours.

There’s a big difference between the two! What does this mean for you? While LED downlights are initially more expensive than Halogen globes or compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), you can save up to 85%% on your energy consumption, meaning more money stays in your pocket in the long run!

The cost of an LED downlight ranges from $50 to $80 per downlight. It can reach up to $100 per downlight if the electrician is providing the lights.

Installing LED downlights is a relatively simple job that an electrician should complete in one day if no additional wiring is required.  If any electrical faults are identified during the installation, the time and cost will be increased.

If you’re unsure about the property’s current wiring situation, contact a professional electrician to conduct an assessment and provide you with accurate pricing.


  • LED bulbs can save up to 85% of the energy used by halogen or conventional bulbs.
  • Can last 25,000 up to 50,000 hours
  • Dimmable and enhanced brightness.
  • Even if you have them on for 8 hours every day, you’ll still save money, the environment, electricity bills, and reduce maintenance costs.


  • Upfront costs are steeper
  • Reduced wattage
  • LED can deteriorate faster in high-temperature areas


Cost to Install Compact Fluorescent (CFL)

Fluorescent lighting has been used for over a century and is considered a high-efficiency method of lighting a large area. Although the lights are more efficient and last longer than incandescent bulbs, they fall short in both categories compared to LED. LED is superior to fluorescent light in terms of efficiency (and continues to innovate rapidly).

LED lights have a substantially longer life span than fluorescent lights. Furthermore, fluorescent lights necessitate the use of a ballast to maintain the light-producing internal current. The downlight may produce an audible buzzing noise when the ballast is damaged or has a minor flaw.

Compact fluorescent downlights cost $15 to $25 per light and have a 10,000-hour lifespan on average. CFL bulbs cost around $22 for a pack of six, and if you want to match your CFL bulbs with a recessed light can fixture, one of the most common fixtures installed nowadays, the installation cost may reach about $20 to $40 per downlight.


  • Cheaper than LED
  • Better in all aspects to Halogen and Incandescent downlights
  • Various colours to choose from


  • It contains mercury, which is toxic to humans and animals
  • Mostly incompatible with dimmer switches
  • Frequently turning it on and off cuts life span significantly
  • Requires a ballast to function properly

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Cost to Install Halogen Lights

Halogen downlight bulbs typically cost between $3 and $5 per bulb and have a 2,000-hour or two-year lifespan. But there’s a crucial catch here.

Halogen bulbs were supposed to be phased out by September 2020. However, that deadline has been pushed back until late 2021.

This was due to a 2009 decision to phase out incandescent bulbs in standard light fixtures, reduce carbon emissions, and promote energy efficiency. Despite this, modern cosmetic versions of halogen lighting for ambience and décor are still available on the market.

If your lighting system is composed of halogen bulbs, you can remove them even without an electrician’s help. Instead, take your halogen bulb to a specialty lighting store, where they may assist you in determining which bulb to buy.

If you cannot remove your halogen bulb, you should consult an electrician to examine the situation and advise you on your next steps.

Cost to Install Incandescent Light

Incandescent lights cost around $2 to $3 each and have a 1,500-hour average lifespan. The incandescent light bulb is one of the world’s most common bulbs, a remnant of the past age.

It works by heating a wire filament to a temperature that causes the metal to emit light. As previously mentioned, Australian legislators began limiting the sale and importation of tungsten filament incandescent and halogen bulbs with an efficiency rating of fewer than 15 lumens per kilowatt in 2009.

While incandescent lights are incredibly dirt cheap and might cost you less upfront, we’d personally recommend that you prioritize CFL and LED downlights so you can have a more efficient home and lesser energy costs in the long run.

Hiring an Electrician near you

If you’re doing a home remodel, replace existing bulbs or simply want to improve your living room’s ambience, do yourself a favour and enlist the help of professional electricians near you.

HIREtrades can help you get in touch with our Australia-wide network of electricians. With up to three free quotes, you can interview a local tradie and see if their expertise fits your project needs. Post a job at HIREtrades today and have your downlight installation project finished in no time!

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