Your Local Electrician

Professional electrical work at fair rates with a courteous, friendly customer experience.
Based in Marin County.

Why Choose Us?


20+ years in the industry.


Can handle small repairs and large renovations.


Always shows up on time and completes work to satisfaction.


Treats clients with respect and keeps home safe during work.


Offers free estimates and works with clients’ budgets.

Our Services


Custom Designs – Interior & Exterior
Recessed – Pendant – Accent
Landscape – Motion – Dusk to Dawn


Upgrades – New Meters
Breaker Replacement

Switches & Outlets

GFI Protection
Dimmers – 3 Way Systems
Convenience Outlets

Energy Efficiency

Occupancy Sensors
Motion Sensors & Photocells
Timed Switching
Watt Saving Light Bulbs
Dimmers – Attic Fans
Ballast Retrofits

EV Charging

Charging station installation


Tripped Breakers
Flickering Lights
Hot Switches/Outlets
Loss of Power


How did you get started in the electrical trade?

I apprenticed with Walter Underhill (another local Marin electrician) for five years before getting my license and going into business for myself in 2005. Walter’s work is absolutely excellent, and he taught me to continue in that tradition. Since going into business for myself, I have worked with Whitcomb Construction, Apperson & Hoog as well as Gail Koren, Chris Hodge and other realtors.

What type of electrical work do you do?

We specialize in new and remodel residential electrical work, as well as light commercial. Just a few of our common jobs are:

– Upgrading a dangerous old fusebox or Zinsco electrical panel.
– Adding recessed lighting to supplement or replace existing lighting.
– Troubleshooting outlets that have stopped working.
– Kitchen and bath remodels.

Do I need a transfer switch for my generator?

Hoffman Electric no longer installs transfer switches for generators. This is because transfer switch installation costs can be very expensive ($2,000 to $10,000) and these installations can be complicated to navigate through the red tape with different city building departments.

Instead of a transfer switch, you can power a few appliances during a power outage with a portable generator plugged into an outdoor outlet. This is a much simpler and more affordable option.

We offer generator through-the-wall transfer kits as an alternative to transfer switches. These kits are easy to install and are also more affordable than transfer switches.



Based on 50 reviews
Karen C.
Karen C.
July 28, 2021
We had a long list of electrical items from recessed lighting and ceiling fans to fixing a wall switch. The best part was there weren't any surprises through the process. Their team worked well together, very respectful to each other and to me, the customer. Very happy with Hoffman Electric.
Ted S.
Ted S.
June 15, 2021
We have a been working with John and his team on a major renovation. Our new house had decades-old wiring, miles of poorly-executed wiring by the prior tenant, burn marks inside walls and a completely illegal second panel tapping the street pole. Hoffman electric was able to bring this disaster into code compliant state with new can lights and dimmers, new conduit and wire, new outlets, and complete appliance connections. There is none of the original disaster left active. Top notch work by John et al.
Teresa W.
Teresa W.
February 12, 2021
John has done large to small jobs for us for over 20 years. Always thorough, efficient, professional and friendly.
Terrie G.
Terrie G.
November 5, 2020
John was referred to me by a neighbor in my complex as the electrician of choice for installing a electric vehicle charging station. His entire process was easy and straightforward, and John kindly and sweetly accommodated my last minute plan change (turns out you shouldn't really surprise an electrician!). He and his technician Sergei worked steadily and quickly to get the work done. John handled the permit from start to finish. And the price was very fair. I highly recommend Hoffman Electric.
Sergey C.
Sergey C.
August 30, 2019
Great guy, works very hard. Alice is super helpful and treats his employer very well. His prices are great and he is a perfectionist
Chris O.
Chris O.
June 10, 2019
I recently got a Tesla and wanted to be able to charge effectively at home. I live in a condo complex but the HOA gave permission to install a 240v dryer plug in my garage, which I thought was going to be simple. Unfortunately, due to the (old) electrical panel having no extra capacity and my desire to keep everything up to code, the entire panel had to be replaced. John explained the situation after coming out initially, then followed up with a reasonable quote. He's in demand so I had to wait a few weeks but the job was finished today, including a permit inspection which he arranged, and I couldn't be happier. Now charging my car at 30mi/hr (using standard "mobile connector" charge cable.)
Rachel H.
Rachel H.
March 5, 2019
Very professional electrician, and a family-run business to boot. We had John come out over a year ago to do a TV install and hide cabling and he did an expert job within some tight timeframes in advance of a family event. He is capable, a good problem solver and very skilled at his work. We called again for items on our punch list and they book up 1-3 months ahead, but given our satisfaction with the work performed we are going to opt to be patient and get on the schedule, to get the work done correctly the first time, at a high level of confidence on the finished product.
Anne M.
Anne M.
February 4, 2019
I recently obtained a quote from another electrician to have four recessed lights upgraded with IC cans. The quote ...which I paid for (cuz I'm an idiot) was ridiculous... and I knew it. The one-hour time the guy was here was for him to come up with multiple options for me to spend thousands and thousands of dollars. After that fiasco, I spoke with Alice who had John come here to see what would need to be done. He gave me a quote and.... saved me thousands and thousands of dollars.

About Us

I’ve been an electrician for over 15 years, and I’m passionate about providing my customers with quality electrical work at affordable rates. I’m known for my attention to detail and my commitment to customer satisfaction.

I take the time to understand my customers’ needs and to provide them with the best possible solution. I’m also a great listener and I’m always willing to answer questions.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, hiking, and rock climbing. I’m also a volunteer firefighter.

If you’re looking for a reliable and experienced electrician in Marin County, I encourage you to contact me. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have and to provide you with a free estimate.

John Hoffman

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