Industry stands with the #SaveStageLighting campaign at the National Theatre
Friday, 11 May 2018
sslAdam Bennette, Rob Halliday, Paule Constable and Robbie Butler talk at the National Theatre
UK - The #SaveStageLighting campaign continues to gain momentum, following a busy open-forum event held today (11 May) at The National Theatre in London.
The event was a chance for those involved in entertainment lighting to learn more about the proposed 2020 EU Lighting Regulations, and the impact they will have on every level of the industry, from lighting designers and end users, to manufacturers, suppliers and installers.
Under the proposed new legislation, due to come into effect on 1 September 2020, there will be a minimum efficiency of 85 lumens per watt and a maximum standby power of 0.5W on all light sources (lamps or self-contained fixtures) to be sold in the EU. The result would be that most of the light sources used for entertainment lighting - from tungsten to even the newest LED fixtures - would not meet the regulations.
At today’s event, key figures in the campaign - including lighting designers Paule Constable, Robbie Butler and Rob Halliday, and ETC’s technical director Adam Bennette - spoke of the need for entertainment lighting to be exempt from the proposed legislation. They also informed of what they, and industry bodies such as the ALD, PLASA and the ABTT, have been doing to try to achieve this exemption.
Attendees were urged to get as involved in the campaign as possible by sharing information about the proposed legislation with others; signing the online petition and writing to their local MPs.
Industry bodies were also on hand to collect as much information and as many comments as possible, ahead of a meeting to discuss the issues with the EU in Brussels on 17 May.
If you would like more information on the issue, or want to know how to get involved, there are a lot of resources available on the The ALD and PLASA websites.
For a guide to the proposals and how they will impact on the industry, see Save Stage Lighting in the May issue of LSI.

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