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How Much Does It Cost to Install Downlights in Australia?

$70 - $140 per hour

    How Much Do Downlights Cost to Install?

    Downlights can elevate any living space due to their sleek, subtle design and customizability. Whether you need bright lights for a study hour or intimate dimmed lights for a romantic dinner, you can easily adjust the lighting according to your needs. Feeling in the dark and don’t know where to start? Learn more about the cost of installing downlights in Australia or replacing halogen downlights with LED  ones in this guide.

    Downlight Installation Prices

    Downlight installation costs range from $70 to $140 per hour. However, they could go higher or lower, depending on the number of downlights to be installed, the accessibility of the ceiling, and the status of the electrical system.

    City Downlight installation cost (per hour)
    Sydney $70 to $135
    Melbourne $85 to $135
    Brisbane $75 to $120
    Canberra $75 to $110
    Perth $90 to $105
    Darwin $85 to $135
    Hobart $80 to $105
    Adelaide $80 to $105

    Expect different prices per city. For example, in Perth, downlight installation costs tend to be higher, starting at $90. On the other hand, the starting cost of downlight installation in Sydney is at the lower end, at around $70

    Apart from hourly costs, electricians could charge a call-out fee of around $150 to cover the first 30 minutes of work. If you have existing downlights and only need to swap them, total costs would be cheaper, ranging from $30 to $50 per hour. On the other hand, if your house needs electrical rewiring or fixing, this will cost around $30 to $55 per hour.

    An electrician installing an LED downlight

    Factors Affecting the Cost of Downlight Installation

    Number of lights to be installed

    On average, it will take around two to three hours for an electrician to install a new downlight. Consequently, the more downlights that need to be installed, the higher the total costs, as the electrician will need more time to finish the task.

    Complexity of the task

    When installing new downlights, electricians will need to drill a hole in your ceiling, inspect the existing wiring, and then feed new wiring to a wall switch. The average hourly costs cover the whole process. However, if fixes need to be done to your electrical, expect higher costs.

    Accessibility of the ceiling

    The cost to install downlights in Australia can also go higher if the ceiling is less accessible since the tradesperson might need to bring specialised tools and equipment to reach the area.

    Location (indoor or outdoor)

    Installation costs can increase when installing downlights outdoors. Since the lights will be exposed to the elements and need to withstand bad weather conditions, you should get upgrades to ensure they last a long time.

    Type of light bulb

    Total installation costs will also depend on the type of light bulb to be installed. The cost to install LED downlights is higher than that of CFL or Incandescent lights. This is due to the higher cost per bulb of LED lights.

    Types of Downlights to Install

    Type of downlight Installation cost per bulb
    LED $50 to $100
    CFL $15 to $25
    Incandescent $2 to $3
    Halogen $3 to $5

    Light emitting diode (LED)

    LED downlight installation costs around $50 to $100 per bulb. While installation costs are higher, LED lights have more than 10x the lifespan of incandescent and halogen lights and more than twice the lifespan of a CFL light. LED lights are the most efficient option, saving around 85% of your energy. They have dimmable and non-dimmable options and are covered by a 5-year warranty. However, they deteriorate faster in areas with higher temperatures.

    Compact fluorescent (CFL)

    Installing CFL lights ranges from $15 to $25 per bulb. It is the second most eco-friendly option, saving around 75% of energy. This is a good choice if you want something cheaper than LED but more efficient than incandescent and halogen lights. However, CFL lights contain mercury, which is harmful to you in the long run.


    Incandescent lights are the most budget-friendly option ranging from $2 to $3 per bulb. They will last up to 1,500 hours or around two months of continued use. While they are the cheapest, they are also the least energy-efficient, leading to higher electricity bills and replacement costs.


    Similar to incandescent light, halogen lights are cheap, ranging from $3 to $5 per bulb, with a service life of up to 2,000 hours. However, the government has already banned the sale of halogen bulbs since 2021 to promote energy-efficient options in homes.

    a man installing downlights

    How to Save Money on Downlight Installation

    Downlight installation can be expensive, but there are ways to manage costs. You can buy your own downlights instead of purchasing them from an electrician. You can also inquire about discounts for multiple installations during slow seasons, like summer or spring. Lastly, some states like New South Wales and South Australia offer incentives for LED downlight installation or upgrades. It never hurts to check your local office for some discounts.

    Hire a Downlight Installer on Oneflare

    Now that you’re out of the dark and aware of factors affecting prices, it’s time to book a downlight installation service. Include this information in your listing to help you find the best match:

    • Preferred schedule (date and time)
    • Property location
    • Number of downlights to be installed
    • Location of installation
    • Other services to be availed
    • Budget

    When fitting downlights for the first time, you’ll need the help of an electrician. While the cost to install downlights is cheaper if you do it independently, experimenting might lead to more harm than good since you’ll be dealing with electrical wiring. A licensed electrician will ensure your house follows government standards and remains safe from damage in the long run.


    Do you need an electrician to replace a downlight?

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    If you have an existing downlight that needs replacement, you can change it on your own as long as it’s not hard-wired. If it is, ask an electrician to remove it and install the new one correctly. Improper installation could lead to electrical fires.

    Can I replace old downlights with LED?

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    Yes, it is possible to replace old downlights with LED lights, which are more energy-efficient and cost-effective. However, make sure that the lights are compatible with the existing fixtures and wiring. Additionally, select lights suitable for the specific area to ensure optimal functionality.

    What are the Australian standards for downlights?

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    To prevent accidents, government authorities recommend the following downlight installation guidelines to consumers Purchase IC-rated downlights to prevent potential fires Hire licensed electricians for the installation Replace halogen downlights with more energy-efficient options (LED) Keep combustible materials away from your downlights

    Real Oneflare Customer Quotes

    Lisa's Downlight Installation Job

    Location PinPerth, WA
    Type of job

    Downlight replacement and installation

    Types of lights replaced

    Halogen downlights

    Number of lights


    $440inc. gst

    Quoted by Suburban Electrical & Home Renovation

    Hari's Downlight Installation Job

    Location PinSydney, NSW
    Number of downlights installed


    Where to be installed

    Around the house on the eves

    Other notes

    Need to be waterproof

    $360inc. gst

    Quoted by Scr Electrical Pty Ltd

    Brendan's Downlight Installation Job

    Location PinMelbourne, VIC
    Type of job

    Replacement and installation

    Types of lights being replaced

    Halogen downlights

    Size of lights

    80mm LED downlights

    $250inc. gst

    Quoted by Newnique Electrics

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