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SLL Ready Steady Light

Returning for Autumn 2021

One of the Society of Light and Lighting’s flagship events, Ready Steady Light will be returning this Autumn. Taking place in partnership with Rose Bruford College, the competition will be back at 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.

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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.

Team dpa lighting consultants. Photo: Darren Woolway

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 feels it is more important than ever to provide design practices and lighting professionals with an opportunity to have fun and work together, with the added element of some friendly competition. 

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

Team UCL C. Photo: Darren Woolway

Ready Steady Light is held in partnership with Rose Bruford College and supported by the IALD. Further support and equipment is provided by Philips, Lee Filters, Whitelight, Erco and SGM. 

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

Find out more and enter your team today