Last updated 9th April, 2020
All you need to know about installing LED lighting including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
LED lighting is highly power efficient and therefore offers a sustainable lighting solution with low energy costs, maintenance and reduced carbon footprint. Overall lighting quality is improved too with instant full brightness and dimming capability. LED lighting is fully compatible with existing wiring and the lamps can easily be retrofitted and replaced. However, it's not always as easy as swapping an existing bulb for an LED lamp. Many popular LED lighting solutions will require some DIY work, or more likely a decent electrician to fit. This article aims to highlight the advantages of LED lighting, while also providing up to date pricing information and tips for DIY installations or hiring a tradesman.
Popular LED products include LED fluorescent tubes, bay lights, floodlights, spotlights, striplights & panel lights. LED strip lights are the most popular by far and allow you to create colour schemes and a minimalistic design that until recently would have cost thousands of pounds! LED strip lights can come in two main forms, essentially single colour strips and those that can change their shades to fit your mood. The colour changing LED strip-lights are known as "RGB" lights (Red, Green & Blue) and are obviously more expensive than the fixed coloured LED lights. Colour changing LED have been used in hospitality venues for years, but now you can have them in your living room and change the colour scheme using a remote control!
The performance of LED light fittings depends on the quality of the LED itself and the installation. Choosing trusted brand names such as Osram, Nichia and Lumileds are the best way to ensure you get decent products which will be long lasting; but how well that LED light source is incorporated into the housing is crucial as even the best components can fail if they are badly mounted or implemented. It is also important to realise that LED operation is highly sensitive to temperature, higher temperatures will mean shorter lifespan. So be careful you do not mount many LED lights too close together as the amount of heat generated collectively could seriously shorten their lifespan. While LED lighting isn’t brand new any more and no longer offers the same “WOW” factor, the technology really is booming for the home user and is becoming more affordable.
The prices supplied in this article come from a variety of sources, including online resources and direct contact with electricians from all over the UK. Though these prices are all accurate and genuine, the actual prices will vary considerably depending on your location and circumstances. The typical costs displayed are only to be used as a rough guide and cannot take the place of an actual written quotation.
The average material cost to fit LED lighting will be dependant on the cost and style of the LED lights you choose and also if any extra wiring costs are required when fitting.
The average electrician will usually charge around £150 to £200 per day, depending on location. For an electrician, fitting a new light fixture is a straight forward job usually taking no more than a 2-3 hours.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring an electrician to fit LED lighting:
|Job Description||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|5-foot LED light fitting to replace fluorescent tube - supply & fit||£100-£150||1-2 hours|
|LED striplighting fitted under kitchen cabinets - supply & fit||£200-£250||1-2 hours|
|Replace old lighting in kitchen with LED downlighters - supply & fit||£200-£300||2-3 hours|
Individual costs of fitting LED striplighting under kitchen cabinets - Total Cost: £250