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SLL Ready Steady Light

One of the SLL’s flagship events, the Ready Steady Light (RSL) competition, sees teams competing against each other to design and set up temporary exterior installations with a limited range of equipment in only 180 minutes.

Returning to basic engineering and design, teams are tasked with lighting their site in its natural state with the equipment provided. They each have to overcome challenges without a budget and within the time constraints.

Whilst the lighting community has worked to overcome the challenges presented by the pandemic, day to day work has continued. There have been new starters and the same requirements to support development but without the crucial interaction of getting to work alongside colleagues in a shared space. The Society 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.

SLL Ready Steady Light in association with Rose Bruford College returns Tuesday 17th October 2023!

You must register your team at SLL Ready Steady Light 2023 | CIBSE and then Download  and complete the RSL 2023 team entry form here. Don't forget to return by email to [email protected].

As always, there are three awards up for grabs. A panel of expert judges will be deciding the winners of the SLL Technical and Artistic Award, supported by the IALD, with the coveted Peer Prize decided by the contestants taking part. 

In October 2022, with a record number of teams taking part, RSL took place in partnership with Rose Bruford College, returning to the college’s leafy Sidcup campus. You can read about the 2022 winners at SLL celebrate the art and science of lighting at the 19 annual Ready Steady Light competition (

Any questions about Ready Steady Light, please email [email protected]


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