Cleveland-area electricians share tips for lighting your home
Three highly rated Cleveland, Ohio-area electricians shed some light on the ons and offs of home lighting projects.
What lighting trends have you seen recently?
Tim Bickett: Ninety-five percent of our new installations are LED and we are converting many of our existing customers who have a quartz halogen system to LED.
Lou Simonyi: A lot of people have been switching to LED lighting.
Joe Talty: LED lighting is very energy efficient, so many people are using that.
Does the customer normally purchase the lights, then hire someone else to install them?
Bickett: We do offer do-it-yourself packages; however, we are full service and the vast majority of our customers have us do it all from design to installation and maintenance.
Simonyi: I advise them to purchase lights from somewhere else. That way, the customer can get exactly what they want.
Talty: We usually purchase lights and put them in. Anything recessed, we’d probably provide the fixture.
What should a consumer look for when ordering lights and hiring someone to install them?
Bickett: A track record. Our customers know we have been in business for more than 12 years and we continue to grow, so we will be here to stand behind our work and our products. Being bonded and insured is important.
Simonyi: Look for a licensed electrician. A lot of times, I’ll be places and wonder why someone did the wiring the way they did because it could burn the house down.
Talty: They should look for somebody competent and qualified to help their situation.
What are the prices for some typical projects your company does?
Bickett: A seven-light package starts at $1,499.
Simonyi: With any licensed electrician, a service call just to go to the site is usually around $75.
Talty: That’s very wide-ended, but relighting a kitchen could be $3,000 to 5,000. Pricing is individual and depends on how they’re putting it in — whether it needs new wiring or not.