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Costs: Lighting and Signage

For enlightened estimating, BCIS signpost the way. Here, Neil Barnett, resource cost services manager of BCIS, the Building Cost Information Service of the RICS, provides the latest sample cost breakdowns for various types of lighting and signage

These guides reflect the prices a developer might expect to pay on a medium-sized residential project for products in the low to upper-middle specification range. Prices do not include for the contractor’s preliminaries, overhead and profit margin. The base date is August 2010 at UK mean location and prices are based on the BCIS Online Rates Database.

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Domestic internal lighting

Pendant, one-way switch including single energy saving lamp: £102.37-110.05
including three energy saving lamps: £148.61-159.76

Creative, fused and folded glass, suspended by wire, two energy saving lamps: £285.24-306.63

Contemporary chandelier, one way switch including five energy saving lamps: £150.98-162.3
including eight energy saving lamps: £375.74-403.92

Flush ceiling, one way switch
reflecting wash, recessed, two energy saving lamps: £111.99-120.39
circuit of four, reflecting wash, recessed, two energy saving lamps: £121.26-130.36
single spotlight, one halogen lamp: £100.74-108.29
set of three spotlights, one 12V halogen lamp each, one transformer: £150.71-162.01
downlighter, one halogen lamp: £94.49-101.58
circuit of six downlighters, one halogen lamp each: £58.76-63.16
eye ball downlighter, one halogen lamp: £100.96-108.53
twist and lock low voltage downlighter, one halogen lamp, transformer 102.65-110.35

low voltage track kit three pendants, halogen lamps, transformer: £194.73-209.33
low voltage cable kits five pendants, transformer: £255.48-274.64
high voltage track kits three pendants: £272.35-292.78

add for
low voltage cable pendant: £19.5-20.96
low voltage track pendant: £21.02-22.6
high voltage track pendant: £23.4-25.16

Wall-mounted one-way switch
240V recessed reflecting wash, energy saving lamps: £110.52-118.81
low voltage light kit with transformer and 5 recessed LED units: £154.59-166.19
240V picture light: £119.73-128.71
240V spot light: £101.73-109.36

Emergency lighting luminaires

Three-hour non-maintained emergency bulkhead luminaire IP40 8W T5 240V: £144.95-155.83

Commercial internal lighting

Industrial lighting fittings; high bay type complete with reflector, lamp and gear
250W sodium: £159.57-171.54
250W metal halide: £165.36-177.77
250W mercury discharge: £150.86-162.18

Domestic external lighting

Weatherproof non-maintained emergency bulkhead luminaire IP65 8 Watt T5 240V: £115.44-124.11

Weatherproof maintained emergency bulkhead luminaire IP65 8 Watt T5 240V: £122.84-132.05

Garden lighting, spotlight on stake, 240V, IP67s: £131.34-141.19

Garden lighting, stainless steel bollard, 240V, IP67: £319.5-343.46

Garden lighting, LED spotlight, 240V, IP67: £190.13-204.38

1,000W floodlight, PIR unit, 240V, IP67: £145.13-156

Commercial external lighting

Black aluminium medium beam economy discharge floodlight with toughened glass diffuser, integral gear, timed ignitor and lamp
250W SON-T: £ 64.78-69.64
400W MBF: £ 78.13-83.99
250W HQI-T: £ 84.47-90.8

Black low-wattage discharge floodlight with clear polycarbonate diffuser, integral gear
lamp 70W SON-T no ignitor: £46.98-50.5
lamp 80W MBF: £40.08-43.09

Wall washer flood light with 30 LED lamps, 240V, IP67: £729-783.68

Internal Signage

Plastic or metal sign, standard message, e.g. ‘No Smoking’: £13.50-14.51

Plastic or metal sign, custom made 1200 x 800mm, e.g. ‘Retail Logo’: £237.38-255.17

Plastic or metal sign, custom made 1200 x 800mm, with light box, including electrical supply, e.g. ‘Retail Logo’: £388.08-417.18

Single line LED display, 1290 x 110 x 50mm thick, tricolour, including electrical supply: £649.08-697.76

Multi-line LED display, 1590 x 314 x 90mm thick, tricolour: £824.58-886.42

42 inch LCD screen for wall mounting: £2033.96-2186.50

26 inch LCD freestanding media unit: £1634.58-1757.17

External Signage

Plastic or metal sign, reflective, standard message, e.g. ‘Pedestrians Only’: £147.38-158.43

Plastic or metal sign, reflective, purpose made, 600 x 400mm: £79.88-85.87

Plastic or metal sign, reflective, purpose made, 1200 x 600mm: £113.63-122.15

Shop fascia, plastic, 8000 x 750mm, lit from behind: £4875.71-5241.38

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