Look To Your Electrician For Advice On The Best Lighting System

My contractor recommended recessed lights, which means I’ll never have to change another overhead lightbulb

Submitted by Tara C.

The Snapshot

Why did you look for a contractor?

Overhead light fixture replacement.

Why did you choose this particular contractor?

Online reviews, knowledgeable advice, availability, affordability.

How do you feel about the results?

I’m so pleased.

If a friend asked you for a referral, what would you say about this contractor?

Thumbs up. Do it!

 Simple new recessed light installation

The Full Scoop

I didn’t find out the secret of this house until 3 years after I bought it … the previous owners had an attic fire that caused a lot of damage. The second floor basically burnt down and had to be rebuilt. However, one thing they didn’t replace was the overhead hall lights.

Fast forward to the present, when I’m trying to replace a burnt out lightbulb. The light fixtures had rusted so much that I couldn’t screw the hade back on.

So I started looking for an electrician to replace them, locally and as quickly as possible. First I went through our community blog, which recommended a bunch of people. I also contacted Networx online, and Murray Brothers Electric responded immediately. Their excellent reviews played a big part in my decision to hire them. They were also efficient, the price sounded right, they could come out right away if I wanted, and they told me what kind of lamps to buy.

I priced standard light fixtures and I hated them – they were expensive and also very heavy. I could just picture myself (I’m 65 years old), standing on a ladder, trying to change a lightbulb while juggling one of those fixtures. Frightening. I wanted something easier.

So when Nick Murray asked, “What about recessed?” I said, “OMG! I never thought of that, it sounds perfect,” and that’s where we went. The contractor purchased them for me. He told me that I probably won’t have to change the new bulbs for 20 years. The actual light fixture installation went fast and easily.

I’m so pleased with Murray Brothers that if I need any other electrical work done, I’ll contact them in a heartbeat. Nick was just a sweetheart.

I especially like the fact that Anita, my initial contact, asked me a series of intelligent questions to find out exactly what I needed … which was perfect, since I’d striated out unsure what I was looking for. Besides the recessed lighting, they also recommended a dimmer switch, which is fantastic for my very sensitive eyes.

What advice would you give to other homeowners based on your experience?

  1. If you’re 50 and older, don’t discount recessed lighting. Younger people might immediately think about it. My daughter said, “Of course!” when I mentioned it to her. It’s neat, it’s clean, and you don’t have to worry about anything, and certainly 20 years without changing a lightbulb is delightful.
  2. I would use Networx I preferred them to another contractor referral service I’ve used before, which I now tend to avoid. What I liked about Networx was that I didn’t have to fill out a huge amount of personal information and leave a kidney. Instead, I just gave the basic facts and was contacted promptly.

Rusty old fixture

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