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Costs: Lighting & Signage

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Neil Barnett provides sample cost breakdowns for various lighting and signage applications

These guides reflect the prices a developer might expect to pay on a medium-sized residential project for products in the low to uppermiddle specification range. Prices do not include the contractor’s preliminaries, overhead and profit margin. The base date is September 2012 at UK mean location and prices are based on the BCIS Online Rates Database.


Domestic internal lighting

Pendant, one-way switch
Including single energy-saving lamp £108-116
Including three energy-saving lamps £157-169
Creative, fused and folded glass, suspended by wire, two energy-saving lamps £304-327
Contemporary chandelier, one-way switch, including five energy-saving lamps £160-172
Including eight energy-saving lamps £402-432
Traditional chandelier, one-way switch, including eight candle lamps £254-273

Flush ceiling one-way switch
Reflecting wash, recessed, two energy-saving lamps £118-127
Circuit of four, reflecting wash, recessed, two energy-saving lamps £198-213
Single spotlight, one halogen lamp £106-114
Set of three spotlights, one 12V halogen lamp each, one transformer £159-171
Downlighter, one halogen lamp £99-107
Circuit of six downlighters, one halogen lamp each £139-149
Twist and lock low-voltage downlighter, one halogen lamp, transformer £108-116
Eyeball downlighter, one halogen lamp £106-114

Low-voltage track kit, three pendants, halogen lamps, transformer £206-222
Low-voltage cable kit, five pendants, transformer £272-292
High-voltage track kit, three pendants £235-253
Add for: low-voltage cable pendant £21-23
Add for: low-voltage track pendant £23-24
Add for: high-voltage track pendant £25-27

Wall mounted one-way switch
240V recessed reflecting wash, energy-saving lamps £116-125
Low-voltage light kit with transformer and five recessed LED units £162-174
240V picture light £129-139
240V spotlight £110-118
240V creative/designer, fused and draped glass £165-178
240V creative/designer, splashbacks, 1,200 x 800mm £772-830
Add for: two-way switching £54-59
Add for: three-way switching £105-113

Emergency lighting luminaires

Three-hour non-maintained emergency bulkhead luminaire IP40 8W T5 240V £154-166
Three-hour non-maintained emergency bulkhead luminaire IP40 8W T5 240V £214-230

Commercial internal lighting

Industrial lighting fittings; high bay type, complete with reflector and lamp and gear:
250W sodium £178-191
250W metal hallide £185-199
250W mercury discharge £167-179

Domestic external lighting

Weatherproof non-maintained emergency bulkhead luminaire IP65 8W T5 240V £214-230
Weatherproof maintained emergency bulkhead luminaire IP65 8W T5 240V £130-140
Garden lighting, spotlight on stake, 240V, IP67 £130-140
Garden lighting, stainless steel bollard, 240V, IP67 £321-345
Garden lighting, LED spotlight, 240V, IP67 rated £188-202
1,000W floodlight, PIR unit, 240V, IP67 rated £142-153

Commercial external lighting

Black aluminium medium beam economy discharge floodlight with toughened glass diffuser, integral gear, timed ignitor and lamp:
250W SON-T £195-209
400W MBF £186-200
250W HQI-T £194-208
Black low-wattage discharge floodlight with clear polycarbonate diffuser, integral gear:
Lamp 70W SON-T no ignitor £146-157
Lamp 80W MBF £137-147
Wall washer flood light with 30 LED lamps, 240V, IP67 rated £163-175

Internal signage

Plastic or metal sign, standard message, eg ‘No Smoking’ £14-15
Plastic or metal sign, custom-made 600 x 400mm, eg ‘No Smoking’ £30-32
Plastic or metal sign, custom-made 1,200 x 800mm, eg retail logo £242-260
Plastic or metal sign, custom-made 1,200 x 800mm, with light box, including electrical supply, eg retail logo £444-477
Single-line LED display, 1,290 x 110 x 50mm, tricolour, including electrical supply £722-776
Multi-line LED display, 1,590 x 314 x 90mm, tricolour £911-979
42 inch LCD screen for wall mounting £2,212-2,378
26 inch LCD freestanding media unit £1,782-1,916

Internal signage

Plastic or metal sign, reflective, standard message, eg ‘Pedestrians Only’ £158-170
Plastic or metal sign, reflective, purpose-made, 600 x 400mm £85-92
Plastic or metal sign, reflective, purpose made, 1,200 x 600mm £121-131
Shop fascia, plastic, 8,000 x 750mm, lit from behind £5,226-5,617

  • Neil Barnett is the resource cost services manager of BCIS, the Building Cost Information Service of the RICS



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