What to Expect When You Get a Lighting Inspection

What to Expect When You Get a Lighting Inspection

Read on to learn what goes on during a lighting inspection.

While it can go unnoticed, your electrical system is imperative to keeping your building well-lit and comfortable. Sadly, electrical problems will pop up eventually, and when they do, one of the first steps you might take towards solving these problems is getting a lighting inspection. Read on to learn what goes on during a lighting inspection.


Before you can have a lighting inspection, you first must schedule the appointment. This involves getting in touch with your lighting contractor and coordinating a time for them to visit your building.

You will likely have to plan the lighting inspection a few weeks in advance, but in emergency scenarios, that wait period might be shorter. When speaking with your contractor to plan the inspection, let them know what problems you’re facing. Once this is done, they will give you the estimated time of arrival and how long the inspection is likely going to last.

The Lighting Inspection Itself

While the inspection is happening, your contractor will go through a checklist to make sure that the inspection abides by all of the safety codes in your area. Typically, you can expect your lighting inspection to include these three tasks:

  • Testing circuits, panels, and switches
  • Taking notice of visible concerns, like outlets that are ungrounded
  • Fixing minor hazards to safety and fire risks

Sometimes, your contractor will take out your outlet covers, which reveal parts of your wiring, but they will replace all of these pieces by the end of the inspection.


After the lighting inspection has finished, you will get a written report from your lighting contractor. The report can include a variety of things, among them being the following:

  • A list of repairs that you need
  • An overview of how the inspection went
  • Suggestions for how to improve the building’s energy efficiency

In official places, the report will certify that an official lighting inspection has been conducted, and in unofficial scenarios, the report is merely used to help anticipate when other electrical expenses and repairs will be needed.  If you suspect you need a lighting inspection, it’s better to take action sooner rather than later. It’s always best if you deal with problems early on so that they don’t grow and become bigger issues. Being proactive is more ideal than being reactive when addressing problems.

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