Lighters compete in annual competition

Event saw teams compete to design and create exterior lighting installations.

The Society of Light and Lighting’s (SLL) Ready Steady Light event, held in partnership with Rose Bruford College, took place in October.

The annual competition sees teams compete to design and set up temporary exterior installations with limited equipment in three hours. Teams were tasked with lighting their site in its natural state with the equipment provided.

While the lighting community has worked to overcome the challenges presented by the pandemic, new starters may have missed the crucial interaction of getting to work alongside colleagues in a shared space. As such, the SLL felt it was more important than ever to provide design practices, students and lighting professionals with an opportunity to have fun and work together, with the added element of some friendly competition.

Three awards were up for grabs, with a panel of judges deciding the winners of the SLL Technical and Artistic Awards, supported by the IALD; the Peer Prize was decided by the contestants.

Team Michael Grubb Studio won the 2021 Technical Award. Team Franklite won the 2021 Artistic Award, and Team MS Lighting Design won the 2021 Peer Prize.

Further support and equipment are provided by Lee Filters, Light Collective, Signify, White Light, Whitecroft and Zumtobel Group.

Students enrolled in Rose Bruford College’s Lighting and Design BA course support the event, giving them the opportunity to see lighting professionals working in this unique environment.