Edinburgh Stair Lighting

Stair Lighting Repair & Maintenance

Welcome to AEW Electrical (Andy White) stair lighting site. So, if you want  a comprehensive offer that gives you the organiser peace of mind with fixed costs that incudes free faulty light fitting repairs or replacement and broken or missing shade replacement with no extra charges then read below.

Fluorescent tubes to be phased out

As part of a UK and European initiative for more energy efficiency fluorescent tubes will be phased out at the end of December 2023. The reason for this is LED lights consumes around 66% less electricity than Fluorescent lights. So, for example a stair that currently consumes 300 watts will be reduced to 100 watts when converted to LED. That’s a lot of electricity if you multiply it across the whole country.

Any LED fitting will do

Well no not really. The City of Edinburgh Council stair light specification states the light should have 50,000 hour lifespan and 1100 lumen output. This has a 12-13 lifespan and a specific light output. Getting say a 20,000 hour light with a 500 lumen output means half the light and a 4-5 year lifespan. Basically get cheap spend twice.

City of Edinburgh Council Repairs (CEC)

City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) ceased to maintain and repair tenement stair lighting in communal areas within private properties on June 2016 . Therefore this has moved the onus of responsibility onto the owners. As a result they now have a legal duty of care for repair and maintenance to ensure that the stair lighting is operational.

Although City of Edinburgh Council has given up common stair light maintenance in private properties they do still pay for the electricity. So, it is good practise  to  comply with the CEC specification on maintaining stair lights.

In concusion where the stair does not comply with this specification CEC may insist on an electric meter being fitted thus transferring the cost of the power supply to the owners.

AEW Services

All aspects of communal stair lighting repairs. Modifications and upgrades are covered by AEW Electrical who now offer light fitting repairs and shade replacement free of charge during a re-lamp. A customer recently said “It helps me greatly that my task as the organiser is a lot easier due to fixed costs. It is also peace of mind for me and the other residents with no surprise or extra charges”

Stair Lighting Edinburgh

Whats so special about Edinburgh stair lighting ?

  • The maintenance and repairs were charged through the old rates system now the council tax.
  • The majority have no electric meters fitted so, CEC still  pay via a calculated charge. Its also good practise to follow their specifications. (This is under constant review)
  • Light fittings are 40 plus years old and are nearing the end of their service life
  • The lights are controlled via a Astro timer clock that tracks Edinburgh’s sunset and sunrise times. So, the lights switch on just as its getting dark and off just as its getting light.
  • The clocks have an energy saving mode and on & off times change daily.
  • Failure to follow CEC stair lighting specification can reduce tube and light fitting lifespans leading to higher maintenance costs.


As of October 2023 due to the phasing out of of Fluorescent tubes at the end of 2023 AEW will no longer offer the relamping of stairs. The reason for this is due to the cost effective of long life tubes and poor quality control on standard tubes not reaching there stated lifespan.


Stair Light
  • AEW uses longer life tubes.
  • Starter units replaced.
  • Shades washed and cleaned.
  • Check operation of Astro clock
  • Free faulty light fitting repair or replace included in the cost
  • Free missing or broken shade replacement included in the cost

Astro Timer Clock Replacement

Astro timer clock
  • Din enclosure box used.
  • Fuses upgraded to circuit breakers where applicable.
  • Clock complies and set to  CEC stair lighting specification.
  • See more on Astro timer clocks

LED Upgrade

  • LED conversion light fitting as per City of Edinburgh Councils (CEC)  stair lighting specification.
  • New digital Astro timer clock where applicable included in the quote.
  • Converting LED increases light levels in the stairwell.
  • LED is brighter for safety and energy saving.
  • No more trying to organise a relamp in the stair every 2-3 years.
  • No more expensive replace as you go individual tube replacement every other month.
  • For free advise on converting your home to LED
  • Please note:- CEC specified LED conversion lights have a fixed colour of neutral White (4000) Warm White (3000) & Cool White (6000) are not available.

Free Survey Condition Report

AEW can complete a free survey condition report of your communal stairwell that includes fixed price cost options. This does not incur the cost of a tied in weekly maintenance contract.  Complete the contact form with your details and address and I will do the rest.

Clock is faulty and there is no lighting in the stair

If the stair lights are not working I can either try and reset the clock if this is not possible, I can temporarily get the lights on for safety. I charge a nominal sum of £40 for this service. Additionally if any part of the quote is taken up. Then this charge will be refunded.

Organisers Stair Lighting information and help forms

You can download AEW help and information forms below to help you coordinate the work and  liaise with your fellow residents.

AEW residents notification form

Organisers sign off form

For stair coordinator advise

CEC advise on shared repairs and maintenance website

Unwanted or abandoned bikes in stairwell organisers form

If you need a stairwell generic shared repairs notification form click here