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Ready Steady Light competition showcases lighting excellence

The Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) celebrated the successful 12th annual ‘Ready Steady Light’ competition and awards went to the champions at Rose Bruford College, Kent on 18th March 2014. The competition involved 10 teams, who competed against each other to design and setup temporary exterior lighting installations using a range of equipment; and all in only 180 minutes.

Rainbow Wood, designed by Bartlett A Rainbow Wood, designed by Bartlett A

The competition is a great team building exercise and enables the lighting professionals to work in an unusual and demanding environment. Focusing on a return to basic engineering and design, the teams were faced with the challenge to light exterior sites around the campus using a random choice of designated equipment. Here they needed to overcome challenges without a budget and within the time constraints. Students enrolled in Rose Bruford College’s lighting and design BA course supported the event and gained a unique insight to lighting professionals working in this sort of environment.

The winners are; Future Designs of the SLL Technical Award for their work on the clock tower; WSP of the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Creative Award for their ‘Road to Nowhere’; and Bartlett A of the Peer Award for their project ‘Rainbow Wood’.

Future Designs work on the Clock Tower Future Designs work on the Clock Tower

Teams included Bartlett A, Bartlett B, Future Designs, Lighting IQ, LAPD, Philips, Rose Bruford College, Thorlux, WSP and YLP.

Judges particularly praised the entry from Future Designs, who projected prisms of light to draw the viewer’s eye across the landscape and upward toward the clock tower with little light spill.

Equipment was kindly donated by Aldabra, Lumenpulse, Philips and Sill Lighting.

SLL is part of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). For more information on the Society visit

Road to Nowhere by WSP Road to Nowhere by WSP