Installing a wall lamp can create a cozy new reading area. (Olympic Paints / August 4, 2014)

Add a touch of class and direct illumination in a room by installing a high style wall fixture. There's an amazing array of styles and sizes available online and at lighting and home centers, so the choice can be daunting. Whatever you choose, you'll appreciate the lighting whether it's designed for safe footing in a hallway or better reading near a favorite armchair.

If there's an existing fixture, an electrician will charge $217 to replace it with a stylish wall lamp, which includes the labor and material. If you have experience working with electricity, you can make the replacement for $170, the cost of the fixture, and save 22 percent. You need a neon tester, flathead and Phillips screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters, wire strippers, a carpenter's level and electrical tape. Before you begin any electrical project, turn off power to the circuit at the main circuit panel box.

If you'd like to add a new light fixture to a wall where an outlet doesn't exist, the job is more complicated. Definitely hire an electrician for the job because it requires running a new power line from the circuit panel and possibly adding a new circuit breaker to the panel, both are jobs best left to a professional who is licensed and bonded to do the work.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$217 -- $170 -- 2.8 -- 4.0 -- $47 -- 22 Percent