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THE Cost of the recessed light is largly determinate on Where ,You purchase the product and the number you buy .Big Box dicount stores have products made oversea's that are less expensive than those found at Custom Bath & Kitchen Stores , but the products are often riddled with problems , missing parts , defects etc,

 

A typical light will run $ 35.00 to $ 85.00

 

However , the true cost of recessed lighting is involved in getting circuits or circuity to the switch and lighting system .In NEW construction , this matter is easily dealt with by installing circuits and   hardware during framing . Whereas , with remodeling , installing new lighting into existing spaces , requires wall & ceiling opening ,closure , repair , repainting & finishing

 

I have been involved in projects where the lighting cost but $500.00 ,,

while the installation & finishing costs exceeded $ 2500.00

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Here is about the same question (for 1 fan) a while back, with answer:

http://answers.angieslist.com/how-cost-install-ceiling-fan-ceiling-light-exists-q46721.aspx

Your total cost could be from 1.5-3 times that shown in the answer, depending on how much of the wiring for the three fans he can combine - i.e. can he easily run one power circuit for all 3 fans, then just tap off that for switches and runs to the fans, are they fans only or with lights (double the wiring and switches), etc. Note the costs do NOT include drywall/panelling repair or painting to match. Also, you are going to be near the top end of the estimates, because in all probability your access is poor, and 3 fans are almost certain to require a totally new run from the breaker box.

Unless you have an open exposed-joist attic above where the fans are to go AND the top of the walls the switches will go in, you can expect substantial holes in walls and ceiling to pull the wires and fasten them - by code, you cannot just pull wires between joist and let them lie on the top of the ceiling drywall - you have to staple them to joists every few feet, so you end up with several 1-2 foot holes typically near top of the wall (to drill through top plate), near side of ceiling to grab and bend wire coming up wall, and maybe one mid-ceiling to reach in and fasten wire, then of course the two openings that are ultimately fully concealed by the switch plate and the fan mounting plate or dome.

Before you get into this project I would check with the condo management if you are allowed to do this - there are limits to how much you can modify your condo and how much you can modify or add in the way of electric circuits.

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Ahhhh - the light bulb comes on - but I didn't see the rabbit - it must have made it down the hole. Was I right about you upgrading the bulbs from a lower wattage, and that is when they started going out ?

 

I seriously doubt it is the track, from what you say and especially since the one head works fine at various places along the track. My guess - because these are apparently 110V track but 12V transformer INSIDE the head that mounts to the track, I would say it is the transformer overheating - a VERY common thing with modern electronics and cheap transformers from China. Commonly they have a thermal protector that cuts out when overheated, but overheating 2 or 3 times is normally fatal for them. I bet the transformers have fried, and that even the ones still working are smoked and probably have deformed plastic around them.

 

The unit is rated to 75W max, and the bulbs you have are 75W and of a design that provides little airflow around them (zero if you are using the glass cover plates for the heads) and has a lot of heat in the upper portion of it - in my opinion just another dumb design. I will give 10:1 odds there are not air holes in the top of the heads either - UL should ban that practice. 

 

Personally, if it were all new I would return it all for my money back right off. Since the track and some heads are old and you are invested in them already, I would gather up receipts and eMail the manufacturer about the issue, and the number of heads that have gone out (old and new combined) and see what they say. I would suspect they will offer to at least send replacements if you send the receipts and bad heads. I would then return any unused bulbs for credit to wherever you got them, and get different bulbs. You will have to ask the manufacturer if the transformer circuitry can handle MR16 GU5.3 base LED bulbs - Amazon has them, if your heads can take them - will run a LOT cooler. Otherwise, 50 Watt Halogen bulbs should fit and might run cool enough to not overheat ?

 

With transformers in the heads, I would use LED bulbs if compatible with transformer and circuitry.

 

BTW - you did not say if you tried the "dead" bulbs in the "good" heads - my guess (do just a short test) is they will work, and the bulbs are not the problem at all - it is the transformers.

 

Your other option. and what I would do unless you are attached to this style fixture or it is mounted to ceiling permanently and you do not know how to change it (or don't want to), so would cost about $125 for an electrician to come out: is to get what you can in refund from the manufacturer (or distributor, if they have good defect return policy), scrap the whole system, and save a LOT of money in the long run on energy costs by going to a 120V CFL or LED bulb system. Use LED if this is a short-term use system, or CFL only if one that will be on for many hours at a time - they burn out quick in frequent short use applications, but go seems like forever in long term use. I have one 60W (equivalent) GE CFL that I use as a nightlight but stays on 24/365 and has been on continuously for over 4 years without burning out. A number of identical ones we tried in applications where they were only on for a few minutes at a time went back under warranty after in a few months. If you are looking for a true "spot" light, then I recommend LED anyway, unless you don't like their "artificial" light.

 

Here is the info sheet on your unit, with company contact info at bottom:

http://www.noralighting.com/uploads/specs/NTL-202_2202.pdf

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Depends a tremendous amount on access - if accessible from exposed-joist in attic above, then you might get this for about $300-500 or so for the wiring and installation, plus $200-400 for the materials and dimmer switches, plus the cost of the light fixtures themselves. Probably about $100-150 to repair ceiling if single hole for one fixture, to $200-300 if existing trough-type flourescent fixtures. Painting the repair could be $100 - 250 depending on whether he can match the patch, or has to repaint the entire ceiling to get a uniform effect - which is more common in kitchens, which usually have untextured ceilings and gloss paint. Another alternative it is have the hole patched and prime and plain paint it yourself, then cover the area with a decorative emblem or crest to avoid having to repaint the whole ceiling. Personally I would just put a compatible style fixture in its place, which you might or might not choose to use, so you avoid the cost of repairing the hole and painting entirely, as that is "lost" $.

If the kitchen/dining room ceiling is not accessible from above, then the electrician will have to tear into wall and ceilings, so installation labor might go to $400-600, and drywall reapir and painting probably to about $400-600, depending on how many holes the elecrtrician has to put in and assuming entire surface painting to get a uniform paint look on each disturbed wall or ceiling.

One possibility for savings might be low voltage lighting for some of the kithcen fixtures, which might reduce your wiring cost and number of holes if you do not have attic access.

Be careful on the dimmable LED bulbs - be aware that dimmable bulbs generally cost a lot more, and many brands don't perform well in dimming mode because they are designed to run at a constant voltage, and a lot will not dim past about 40% power before they flick out or start flickering. Some will actually fry the electronics and burn up at lower voltage. Also, there are three different types of dimmers and different bulbs need a different type dimmer switch, so you will have to be careful to always buy the right type bulb, and use all the same type bulb in a given circuit. Here is an article on the types of problmes you can have with LED dimming, even with bulbs designed to be dimmed -

http://www.lutron.com/en-US/Education-Training/Pages/LCE/DimmingCFLsandLEDs.aspx

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came out within a couple of days. Gave me quote on the spot which was below any other I had received. I was replacing the drop ceiling and getting it reframed and drywall put in so he could use new installation cans. I had a plan for where I wanted the lights, but due to some of the placement of the 2x4s it didn't line up exactly where I wanted them.
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was very easy to work with and moved the light around until they were exactly where I wanted them. End result was excellent and couldn't be happier with the lighting. I couldn't install all the lights until the drywall was in and when I was installing them one of the lights wasn't functional. I gave
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a call and he came back and swapped it out for a new one promptly. Very professional and seems to do all his own work (with an assistant). Highly recommend.
- John H.
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Excellent. Received immediate appt. for next day - technician showed up early. Technician did everything requested with excellence + professionalism.
- Juliet E.
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Great work! Very professional, prompt, and responsive to all requests and questions. Results went beyond what was expected. A pro at setting up a living room, family room, etc... for a great entertainment and aesthetic experience.
- brian M.
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arrived on time. He finished all requested projects. Though the time allowed was 5 hours, it took 9 hours due to unforseen problems.
- CARLOS C.
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Work was done quickly, efficiently but then the hard sell started. He tried to sell me an upgraded light fixture that would have more than doubled what I originally paid for the job. Then it was a bad breaker I should replace for $99, which by the way has never acted up and is still working fine without a repair. Then it was "don't you want to replace these lights." Total overkill on the hard sell. The work was done well but I don't know if I'd use him again.
- Karen H.
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Rich the electrician arrived promptly, reviewed the issues with me and performed desired work. Impressed that Rich brought parts that he thought he might need for the job as he understood it which saved time. Appreciate that he took the time to explain the new timer to me.
- Robin M.
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impressed me right away by showing me my disposal didn't need replacing but was just jamed. He gave me the list of jobs he could do and asked what else I had - and he was able to take care of two other jobs I needed done.
- Patricia R.
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I needed to light a paved walkway on the side of the house, at night. I researched a bit about the different lighting options and bought 2 different kinds from Home Depot. I bought the Big Deal from
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and typed in my preferred dates during the purchasing process. Got an email a day later and I was able to schedule for the work to be done the next day! It was awesome.
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, the electrician called before going to the house and he was right on time. When he arrived, both he and his co worker took off their shoes when entering the house, without me asking. They were both very professional and courteous from the get go. I presented the two lights that I bought and he gave me his professional opinion on it, which I agreed with. I also had 3 other items on my electrical to do list that he gave me a good estimate on. In the end, I decided just to get the security light done today and he was totally fine with it, no pressure on me to buy the other services, which I thought was refreshing and really appreciated. His coworker (sorry I didn't get his name or card) even had time to change a light in a room for me. This was a great experience overall!
- angela C.

Lighting Companies in Chesapeake, VA

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A B PARKER & SON

814 NORMAN AVE
Norfolk

A-1 ENTERPRISES

2016 ROKEBY AVE
Chesapeake

Accurate Siding and Windows Inc.

2332 Edmenton Drive
Virginia Beach

Ace Home Improvements

5629 Normandy Ave
Virginia Beach

Ace Renovations

320 53rd Street

ADDITION ASSOCIATES

5457 NANSEMOND PKWY
Suffolk

AFFORDABLE CUSTOM DECKS

2505 HORSE PASTURE RD
Virginia Beach

ALL TRADES OF TIDEWATER, INC.

1209 Baker Rd.
Virginia Beach

Alon Electric Co. LLC

45 Otsego Dr
Newport News

American Mechanical Inc

633 10th St
Virginia Beach

Anchor Bay Electric Company

165 Pinewood Rd
Virginia Beach

Anchor Electrical Services

5405 Homeward Dr
Virginia Beach

Archadeck of Virginia Beach/Norfolk

4304 Country Club Circle
Virginia Beach

ArtDivine Painting, A Home Improvement Company

916 Westwind Place
Virginia Beach

ASAP CONSTRUCTION

1233 LONG RIDGE RD
Chesapeake

B & B REMODELING

4701 Bromfield Ave
Virginia Beach

Barnel Interiors Inc TA Barnel Design Group

3330 PACIFIC AVE
Virginia Beach

Baum Renovations

Mt. Trashmore
Virginia Beach

BCC Services Inc.

538 Wythe Creek Road
Poquoson

Belletto Construction Inc

5700 Brookmere Ln
Portsmouth

BFW INC

P.O. Box 3620
Portsmouth

Big Brothers Electric

Virginia Beach

Big Dreams Entertainment Inc.

808 Eden Way North Suite 101
Chesapeake

Black Knight Construction, Inc.

PO Box 6981
Chesapeake

Blackout Electric Inc.

p.o.box 6975
Chesapeake

Block Lighting, Inc.

161 Walt Whitman Ave
Newport News

Buds Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning

417 Old York Hampton Hwy
Yorktown

BURTON LUMBER CORP

835 WILSON RD
Chesapeake

Bush's Electric Company

619 Chelsea Pl
Newport News

CASA DECKS

1620 CENTERVILLE TPKE
Virginia Beach

Chisman Shelby Electrical Contractors

115 Starboard Ct
Williamsburg

CI Cabinetry Inc

2305 Wheatstone Ct
Virginia Beach

Classic Copper Works

9337 Spring Cypress Rd

CLAY MCGRATH

Virginia Beach

Coastline Construction LLC

680 Pinebrook Dr
Virginia Beach

Coastline Electric LLC

3537 Riverwood Crescent
Chesapeake

COENEN LANDSCAPE & DESIGN

12533 WARWICK BLVD
Newport News

Cole Electric Inc

2093 Harbor Ln
Virginia Beach

COLONIAL KITCHENS INC

7621 GEORGE WASHINGTON MEM HWY
Yorktown

Cooper's Family Enterprises LLC

3640 S Plaza Trail
Virginia Beach

Cowger Entertainment

828 White Oaks Ln

Craftsman-OnCall.com

318 34th 1/2 St.
Virginia Beach

D & D SIDING INC

500 CENTRAL DR
Virginia Beach

D L HARTMANN INC

1041 Ferry Plantation Rd.
Virginia Beach

Daniels Home Repair

4125 Franklin St
Chesapeake

DAVID A JERNIGAN JR

4023 N WITCHDUCK RD
Virginia Beach

DB's Handyman Service LLC

2484 Bayview Ave.
Virginia Beach

DECORABLES INC

4200 PORTSMOUTH BLVD
Chesapeake

DEL Electric

828 Greenfield Ln
Chesapeake

DirectBuy of Hampton Roads

1122 Executive Blvd
Chesapeake

Done Right Handyman Service

501 Mooney Rd
Chesapeake

DONOVAN HANDYMAN SERVICES

3601 Canal Turn Ct
Suffolk

East Coast Outdoors

Virginia Beach

Eastern Elctrical Corporation

2532 Nestlebrook Trail
Virginia Beach

Edward Gosman & Associates, Inc.

1008 Sanderson Rd
Chesapeake

Electric Express

316 Sweet Autumn Arch
Chesapeake

ELECTRICAL EXCHANGE CORP

814 Brookside Arch
Chesapeake

Et electric

4832 Afton Ct
Virginia Beach

ETC Services Inc.

413 Smiths Ln
Virginia Beach

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

4712 Baxter Rd
Virginia Beach

Fish Window Cleaning - Virginia Beach

5541 Parliament Dr.
Virginia Beach

Floor to Ceiling Remodeling

908 Portland St
Chesapeake

Gault Electric LLC

11840 Canon Blvd
Newport News

Gelardi Enterprises LLC

401 Good Hope Rd

General Repairs LLC

4901 Manor Avenue
Portsmouth

Get It Done Contracting, Inc.

2133 Upton Drive
Virginia Beach

Go Green Electric, Inc.

12621 Warwick Blvd. Suite C
Newport News

GREENBRIER LIGHTING

816 EDEN WAY N
Chesapeake

Guy Smith Heating & Cooling

221 Pennsylvania Ave
Virginia Beach

Handyman Connection

5045 Admiral Wright Road
Virginia Beach

HANDYMAN SERVICES

254 HUNTSMAN RD
Norfolk

Handyman Services

7419 Allstate Drive
Petersburg

Handyman Solutions

1677 Dey Cove Dr
Virginia Beach

HANSFORDS HOME IMPROVMENT

24 GEMINI WAY
Hampton

HARE's Heating Cooling & Electric

1200 Mendelssohn Ct
Virginia Beach

HARPER'S ANTIQUES

2608 GRANBY ST
Norfolk

HART ELECTRIC

864 W. 40th Street
Norfolk

Heads Up Sprinkler Systems

3716 Cook Blvd
Chesapeake

Holiday Lighting and Design

905 Harrington Avenue,
Norfolk

Home Improvement Solutions

4010 Abercorn Dr.
Suffolk

Home Solutions Inc

847 Seahawk Cir
Virginia Beach

House Call Co

3301 Mariner Ave
Portsmouth

Husband For Hire Llc

PO Box 1037
Suffolk

illuminations innovations

3804 Cook Blvd
Chesapeake

Integrity Electric, Inc

PO Box 5018
Virginia Beach

Interior Power Contracting, LLC

3309 Pattie Ln
Virginia Beach

Jerry Harris Remodeling

1327 Poindexter St
Chesapeake

JOHNSON'S HANDYMAN

2300 FIRST SETTLERS AVE
Virginia Beach

Jonathan's Electric

14 Groome Rd
Newport News

JUS -4- U, Inc

2467 Reagan Ave
Virginia Beach

K & L Home Fixins'

405 Big Leaf Circle
Virginia Beach

Ken Smoker Inc

1118 Elizabeth Ct
Newport News

Kingdom Painters Ink

310 Outlaw St
Chesapeake

KITCHEN & BATH IDEAS

5025 Cleveland St
Virginia Beach

Kitchen King Cabinets

1148 Olive Rd
Virginia Beach

KNA CONSTRUCTION SERVICES INC

612 WINSCOTT CT
Chesapeake

Lee's Quality Electric

5312 Cerino Ct
Virginia Beach

Lewis and Family Handyman Services

3931 Port Rd
Chesapeake

LOWES

1308 BATTLEFIELD BLVD N
Chesapeake

Marjos Complete Remodeling

550 First Colonial Rd
Virginia Beach

Marquee Homes Inc.

538 Wythe Creek Road
Poquoson

Matt's Repair

421 Dauphin Ln
Virginia Beach

METRO WOOD WORKS INC

945 SADDLEBACK TRAIL RD
Chesapeake

Michael & Son Services Inc

5740 General Washington Dr
Alexandria

Michael & Son Services Norfolk

5845 N Hampton Blvd
Virginia Beach

Mike Bertolino & Co

2228 W Great Neck Rd
Virginia Beach

Mike's Electrical Service

4920 Cleveland St
Virginia Beach

Moonlight By Design

11836 Canon Blvd
Newport News

Moorcroft Remodeling

3437 Landstown Ct
Virginia Beach

MOORES CUSTOM KITCHENS

10758 JEFFERSON AVE
Newport News

Morgan's Lawn and Landscaping

3174 W. Main St. Ext

Mr. Handyman of Tidewater

736 Middle Ground Blvd
Newport News

New Dominion Contractors Inc

779 Suffolk Ln
Virginia Beach

Norton Landscape Management

P.O Box 55144
Virginia Beach

O.E. HARMON ELECTRIC COMPANY

319 CATALPA AVENUE
Hampton

ONE WORLD LANDSCAPING

HAMPTONROADS
Norfolk

OurGuys

Virginia Beach

Parker Electric

P.O. Box 1876
Chesapeake

PAUL WALKER ELECTRIC

4913 Blackfoot Court
Virginia Beach

Poquoson Construction, LLC

P.O. Box 2041
Poquoson

POSTON ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING INC

2501 SWAYING LIMB COURT
Virginia Beach

Premier Electrical Services Inc

654 Prosperity Way
Chesapeake

Pro Contractors Inc

5 Hillcrest Cir
Hampton

Pro Landscapes by Chris Moore

PO Box 15518
Newport News

RACON Electrical LLC

11220 Gambrill Park Road

Rafferty Electric Inc

251 Portage Lakes Dr

Random Task

1120 Buford Ct.
Chesapeake

RCI ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING CORP

2516 W Pembroke Ave
Hampton

Resource Contrating, LLC

4813 Portsmouth Blvd
Portsmouth

REXEL ELECTRICAL & DATACOM SUPPLIES

3796 PROGRESS RD
Norfolk

Rogers Electrical of Virginia, Ltd

1617 Waterview Cir
Chesapeake

Samuel's Handyman Service

500 Pacific ave.
Virginia Beach

Seabreeze Landscaping

120 Pinewood Rd.
Virginia Beach

Smith Electrical

514 bunche blvd

Solarian US

2617 Saint Davids Lane

Sours Contracting, INC

10445 Southampton Pkwy
Drewryville

Srst Services llc

2 belmont court
Hampton

STAHL CABINETS

457 W OCEAN VIEW AVE
Norfolk

STILLMAN ELECTRIC CORP

1317 PRINCESS ANNE RD
Virginia Beach

Sturdevant Construction

708 Gum Rock Ct
Newport News

Synergy Connections

504 Arondale Ct
Chesapeake

TAPLIN ELECTRIC CO INC

1609 Oleander Ave
Chesapeake

Task List Complete

1001 Little Lake Drive

Taylor Construction

3617 Essex Cir
Norfolk

THE LAMP DOCTOR

Virginia Beach

The Treated Lumber Outlet

5604 CITY LINE RD
Hampton

Trae Scarberry

Newport News

Virginia Home Repair

2304 Windward Shore Dr
Virginia Beach

W.T. Francis Electric Co.,LLC

P.O. Box 16145
Chesapeake

WALMART

632 GRASS FIELD PKWY
Chesapeake

Warren Electrical Services

517 Wittington Dr.
Chesapeake

WHITE ELECTRIC COMPANY

117 BUTTERNUT LANE
Virginia Beach

Winesett Nursery

1417 Drum Point Rd
Virginia Beach

Wolak Interiors LLC

1940 Pavilion Dr
Virginia Beach

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