Under the current lighting scheme, each year, 10,000 repairs on tenement stair lights are carried out and 20,000 lights are replaced. The city council currently spends around £2.1 million each year on lighting. The LED switch is meant to save up to £1 million a year.
Speaking to Edinburgh Evening News, Councillor Ricky Henderson, city housing leader said:
To get better quality and more environmentally friendly lighting, we will tender for that work. The investment will need to be taken out of reserves but will be put back over a period of time because the lights will be more efficient and the maintenance costs will be reduced. We will need to check out what type of lighting [contractors] are proposing, what type of fitting, as well as the costs, so there will be that sort of quality testing throughout the tender process.