Help! Did I Get Ripped off by Electrician?

Hi everyone´╝î new ozbargainer here!

I received a surprise bill from eletrician and wonder he is charging me too much, before he started he only quoted me $30 for each led downlights and said he will try to get some 40watt led at good price, and two weeks later he asked me if he can come the next morning and install them and I let him. the bill included some extra charges I did not expect and wasn't aware off until receiving the invoice, can someone with knowledge tell me what to do best?

Description -
Replace 11 halogen downlights with LED downlights
at $30 each. $330.00
Labour to Replace 6 halogen "Shoplight" display lights
with new LED Shoplights, ceiling had to be cut out to fit
new lights correctly. $250.00
Had to extend wiring to suit 1 new downlight, and install
two double plugs in roof so fittings could be plugged in. $50.00
Materials
6 - Haneco 40 Watt LED Shoplight Fittings $580.00

TOTAL $1,210.00

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  • +18 votes

    Seems reasonable.

  • +5 votes

    That actually seems pretty cheap to me for what electricians usually charge

  • +2 votes

    You might be able to ask about bringing the labour down, I don't know much about electricians but seems about right to me though? But end of the day your price is really made up of two major types of items:

    • 11 halogen downlights with LED downlights at $30 each. $330.00
    • 6 - Haneco 40 Watt LED Shoplight Fittings $580.00

    So out of $1.2k about $910 is just those two types of parts. So the real question is are they screwing you over in parts? Would you happen to know how much those parts approx cost? Because if they're accurate in price then you don't really have a leg to stand on in price.

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    Seems ok. Especially as there will be a warranty for his work and parts.

  • +1 vote

    Which bit do you feel over changed on? All seems fine to me.

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    Tradies supplies parts at a profit. Clients disputing an invoice after the items have been installed is a pita.

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    How long did they spend to do all this work and how many tradies? Seems ok. Pay and be happy they did a good job and thank them.

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    How many downlight fittings did he fit in total?

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    always ask for a written quote.

  • +2 votes

    I find things are 'expensive' because expectations were not appropriately handled. Always get a written quote so you know EXACTLY what you're getting

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    Well lets put it this way. No tradie has ever been questioned over undercharging. So yes of course you have been ripped off. Its why they are all driving round in brand new utes my friend.

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    How long was he there for?

    Price looks OK to me, if you are worried call the local wholesaler and quote the items installed. Then you would get an idea of his hourly rate.

    Last time I bought down lights they were about $12 from my local.

  • -1 vote

    looks legit.

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    it looks like he is overcharging you on the Haneco 40 Watt LED Shoplight Fittings other than that it looks ok. So he is making money on his labor and the hanecos, but they are good quality.

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    seems ok.
    certainly not way overs

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    That is actually pretty cheap ! What part surprised you?

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    That's very cheap. You got a good price. I paid almost 4K to fit my house with downlights.

  • +1 vote

    @tightightight
    Did you get an indication for the shoplight?

    I agree with everyone here, the cost seems reasonable to me and on the low side. Downlight is a fiddly job and can get messy if you don't get the right fitting. Imagine you have to buy the lights yourself: find a store, find the fitting, drive there, pick up and go home.

    The shoplight (what is that exactly?) is not straight forward and he had to cut the ceiling to suit. Luckily he was able to, otherwise you'd have to get a pplasterer..

    I suspect the job, onsite, would have taken a large part of a day, not including behind the scene time.

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    So what part was solved?