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Choosing the Best Light Installation Services: A Step-by-Step Guide

by Cole Talley
June 12, 2023

Choosing the right light installation service can feel like a daunting task. With countless factors to consider, from reputation and reliability to the types of installations provided, you may find yourself in the dark. But don’t worry! Porter Lighting, a well-established lighting service in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area is here to brighten your path. With our 80 years of expertise, we’ll guide you step-by-step in selecting the best service for your light installation needs.

Step 1: Considering the Full Spectrum of Services

When seeking a light installation service, evaluating the company’s range of services is essential. After all, lighting is more than just a functional necessity—it’s an aesthetic statement that can define your space.

Initial Installation

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The basic service you should expect from a light installation service is the installation of your chosen fixtures. This typically involves an electrician mounting the fixture and wiring it to your home’s electrical system. However, the depth and breadth of a company’s service offerings can set them apart.

Refining and Adjusting

At Porter Lighting, once the electrician has completed their work, our team enters to add the finishing touches. It’s this extra attention to detail that distinguishes us in the realm of light installation services. We straighten fixture arms, adjust the bulbs, and ensure everything operates correctly. Recognizing our customers’ need for efficiency and accuracy, our proactive team is always ready to provide essential assistance.

Special Fixture Handling

The installation process becomes more intricate for fixtures with delicate components, such as crystal chandeliers. In these cases, we send out the “skeleton” of the fixture for the initial electrical installation. After that, our team comes back in to carefully add the crystal components—a process that, depending on the complexity of the fixture, could take several hours. This meticulous approach minimizes the risk of damage to these delicate components and ensures the fixture looks its best.

Aesthetic Refinement

Another critical aspect of our service spectrum is our aesthetic eye. We ensure that each installed fixture is harmonious with your home decor, resulting in an aesthetic cohesion that enhances the beauty and appeal of your space. Our expert team ensures each fixture illuminates your space and complements and enhances your overall home design.

Step 2: Evaluating the Service Department

A company’s service department is pivotal in providing an outstanding customer experience. When assessing light installation services, the presence and quality of their service department can be a game-changer.

Availability and Responsiveness

The service department’s availability and responsiveness are of utmost importance. A quality light installation service should be readily accessible to answer your queries or concerns at any process stage. Our service department is crucial to what sets us apart. We understand that getting things done efficiently and accurately is essential to our customers, which is why our team is always ready to assist.

Maintenance and Repairs

The scope of the service department should also extend beyond the initial installation. In case of any issue, such as a broken fixture, the service department should be prepared to handle repairs promptly. You wouldn’t want to be in the dark waiting for a resolution. Our service department dedicates itself to keeping your lights burning brightly, promptly addressing concerns and executing repairs.

Specialized Knowledge

The service department should also deeply understand the product and installation nuances. For instance, certain fixtures require special handling, such as those adorned with crystals. Skilled at handling intricate fixtures, our service department ensures their proper installation and maintenance.

Providing Comprehensive Services

When the company you choose can offer the purchase and installation of your lighting fixtures and a strong service department to support you after the installation, it creates a seamless experience. This all-encompassing service ensures that, from your initial fixture selection to ongoing care and maintenance, you have a dedicated team supporting you at every step.

Step 3: Asking About Follow-up Services

The initial installation of your lighting fixtures is just one part of the process. High-quality light installation services offer additional follow-up services to ensure your fixtures’ longevity and proper function. This is why asking what’s included in your fixture purchase is crucial.

Post-Installation Adjustments

After installing your lighting fixture, you might discover it needs fine-tuning. This could involve balancing ceiling fans or adjusting fixture arms and bulbs for perfect alignment. A good service provider will ensure you are well-spent after completing the primary installation. Our white-glove treatment includes these essential post-installation adjustments.

Care of Delicate Components

After installation, certain fixtures require special attention, especially those with delicate components such as crystal. Assembling and hanging these elements can be a painstaking process, which professionals should ideally handle to ensure the best results and avoid damage. We specialize in this service, ensuring that every detail, down to the last crystal, is perfectly placed.

Maintenance and Repair

Over time, your lighting fixtures may need maintenance or repair. Whether it’s something simple like replacing a bulb or something more involved like fixing a broken component, you’ll want to know if your service provider can assist with these needs. At Porter Lighting, we stand by our fixtures and customers, providing maintenance and repair services to keep your home brightly lit for years.

Looking Beyond the Price

While it might be tempting to go for an inexpensive online deal, it’s essential to understand the associated costs you might incur when you don’t have access to follow-up services. Without proper post-purchase care, you might be dealing with problems that a dedicated service team could have easily handled. With Porter Lighting, our follow-up services ensure you’re taken care of from start to finish.

Step 4: Understanding the Installation Specifications

When choosing a light installation service, it’s crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of the specifications required for your chosen lighting fixtures. This involves knowing your fixtures’ weight, power, and support needs to ensure their safe and effective installation.

Understanding the Weight of the Fixture

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Lighting fixtures, especially those with additional decorative elements like crystal, can be quite heavy. As the customer, it’s important to understand the weight of your chosen fixture and ensure that your ceiling can support it. Plastic boxes, for instance, typically hold around 25 to 35 pounds. However, if you have a heavy fixture, it must be braced appropriately. This is especially important with fixtures with heavy crystal components, which can weigh up to 10 pounds each, resulting in fixtures weighing hundreds of pounds.

Wiring and Power Requirements

Equally important is understanding the power requirements of your fixture. You must ensure it’s wired correctly for its purpose, whether for a fan, a fan and a light, or just a fan power. Also, ensure your existing electrical setup is compatible with your new fixture. This might involve looking at the box in the ceiling and the switch setup on the wall.

Ensuring Proper Installation

When choosing a light installation service, ensure they fully understand and can accommodate these specifications. The service should be able to ensure the fixture is installed correctly and safely, according to the specific needs of the fixture and your home.

We take these specifications seriously. We ensure that all the necessary details are attended to, from the weight and power needed to the aesthetics and design of the fixture. This meticulous approach ensures a smooth installation process, preventing any surprises along the way.

Ultimately, understanding the installation specifications isn’t just about safety—it’s about ensuring the longevity and optimal functioning of your lighting fixtures. This attention to detail is a key aspect of the comprehensive service that Porter Lighting provides, ensuring that your lights are not just installed but installed right.

Step 5: Ensuring a Smooth Installation Process

Ensuring a smooth installation process involves effective communication with your chosen service provider, understanding what to expect during the installation, and planning accordingly.

Clear Communication

Clear communication is the cornerstone of a smooth installation process. Ask any questions you may have about the process and share any specific requirements or constraints you might have. We encourage our customers to reach out to us with any queries or concerns, and we clarify what they can expect during the installation process.

Understanding the Process

Understanding the process also involves knowing how the installation is carried out. For instance, if your fixture has delicate components like crystal, the skeleton of the fixture might be sent out first for the electrician to install, and then the delicate components would be added. This multi-step process ensures the safety of delicate components and the overall integrity of the fixture.


Proper preparation is also essential for a smooth installation process. This might involve checking the sturdiness of the installation site, ensuring that the correct power setup is in place, and making any necessary modifications to accommodate your new fixture.

Working with Professionals

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Working with professional services that understand the intricacies of light installation ensures that all these factors are considered. Our team is well-versed in handling a range of installation scenarios, from fixtures with delicate crystal components to those requiring specific power setups. We strive to ensure that the 

installation process is as stress-free as possible, leaving you with a beautifully lit space that enhances your home’s aesthetic appeal.


In conclusion, choosing the right light installation service requires careful consideration of several key factors, from the service provider’s expertise to the follow-up services they provide and the specifics of the installation process. The value of a well-lit space cannot be overstated—it impacts the aesthetics of your home and can significantly enhance your overall living experience. For 80 years, Porter Lighting has been delivering on this value, bringing high-quality lighting solutions to homes across the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Our commitment to providing top-notch service and ensuring customer satisfaction makes us a preferred choice for your lighting needs. Why not experience this for yourself? We invite you to schedule an appointment to visit our showroom and discover how we can brighten your home with our expert light installation services.

Illuminate Your Space!

Ready to transform your home with professional light installation? Contact Porter Lighting today and let our experts bring brilliance to your space. Schedule a consultation to discuss your lighting needs and discover the perfect solution for you.