Q&A with Houston lighting experts

Q&A with Houston lighting experts

Angie's List checked in with three Houston-area lighting experts -- Danny Hixon, owner of Thor Enterprises, James Merkey, owner of Arise Enterprises/Arise 
& Shine, and Frank Norris, owner of 
Norris Electric.

Here's what they had to say:

What types of lighting services do you offer?

Hixon: Pretty much all track lighting, recessed lighting, security lighting and landscape lighting when I have time.

Merkey: Outdoor lighting, indoor lighting, security lighting and pool replacement lighting.

Norris: All different types of LED light, 2-x-4 lighting 2-x-2 lighting, canned/recessed fixtures. We do Malibu lights, floodlights, side lighting, Cole lighting; anything lighting, we do.

How much does a typical lighting project cost?

Hixon: A simple light fixture costs $250 and I’ve done some jobs for $4,000-$5,000. I had one gentleman who wanted recessed lighting through his whole house; it was $11,000.

Merkey: I normally charge $170 per recessed light. For LED fixtures it ranges anywhere from $500 to $1,500.

Norris: It ranges from $200 to $1,000. It all depends on the lights they want installed.

Are there any current lighting trends in your area?

Hixon: A lot of people are stll going with recessed lighting. The trend regardless of what type of lighting is LED. It’s just as bright. You get more bulb life.

Merkey: What I’ve been putting in mostly is LED. The LED lights are so much more efficient and cooler.

Norris: LED. The price of LED are coming down so they’re getting to be more affordable. They’re more energy efficient. They don’t use as much current.

What types of warranties, if any, do you offer on your work?

Hixon: Typically I give a two-year warranty on residential jobs. All we’re guaranteeing is wiring because on almost all jobs the customer furnishes the light.

Merkey: I usually offer a 30-day thing, but if somebody calls me six or eight months after that, I’ll look just because I very seldom do get a call after the work is complete.

Norris: We offer a one-year warranty on the product, and of course, the labor.


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