Originally Posted by Viewpoint
I don't do system relamping. I've been phasing it in, taking out a burned halogen, putting in a LED, then checking my voltages. Once I get to 2-3 LEDs on a run, it's often time to drop to a lower tap at the trannie so I don't end up frying the rest of the halogens. This way people arent throwing away good lamps, and aren't fronting the cost of lamping the system at once ("what do you mean changing out 45 bulbs will cost me $2,750?!?!). It's far easier to swallow in increments. And better job security.
Im finding myself facing the reverse of this statement. You are correct, on a 30-50 light job, it's going to be a scary number that you have to show the customer but it's going to cost them a lot more if I have to do independent changes. If im changing out one lamp at a time, the only way I can justify it is by charging time + materials. I basically have to charge 45 minutes to cover my trip cost, onsite replacement and any testing needing to be done. If I add that with the cost of the LED lamp itself im already at a minimum of $100 and that's as fair as I could be. If I do that 45 times they are going to be close to $5000.00. On the other hand, I can cut that number in half if they agree to do it all at once and I can still make money.