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SLL Ready Steady Light

One of the Society of Light and Lighting’s flagship events, SLL Ready Steady Light (RSL) returned in October 2021, with a record number of teams taking part.  RSL too place in partnership with Rose Bruford College, returning to the college’s leafy Sidcup campus on 19 October 2021. 

Each year, the 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 were 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. 

As always, there were 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. 

And the 2021 winners are...

Team Michael Grubb Studio won the 2021 Technical Award, judged by Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton of Lighting Collective, joined by Mark Ayers who alongside Martin founded Ready Steady Light. 

Team Franklite won the 2021 Artistic Award, judged and supported by the IALD.

Team MS Lighting Design won the 2021 Peer Prized, a much coveted award judged by the contestants taking part.

Ready Steady Light is held in partnership with Rose Bruford College and supported by the IALD. Further support and equipment was provided by Lee Filters, Light Collective, Signify, White Light, Whitecroft and Zumtobel Group.

Each year, the Society puts out a call to lighting manufacturers who may wish to donate kit to Rose Bruford College, supporting their lighting education programme and students, along with future RSL events. If you are interesting in finding out more or in donating lighting equipment, please contact us at

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.

If you have any questions about Ready Steady Light 2021, please email