A Call for Innovation – Can Entertainment Lighting Requirements be Combined in a Comprehensive Lighting Solution
The EU spends a lot of effort on reducing overall energy consumption to achieve the climate goals of the Kyoto Agreement and to contribute to environmental sustainability. One measure to achieve this worthy goal is the regulation of luminous efficiency for various lighting sources. Current regulations already allow an exception for stage-, theatrical- and studio light sources, because of their unusual quality demands and singles out spectral distribution as a crucial criterion.
There is an ongoing attempt to condense and simplify the three EU-directives relating to “EcoDesign” so that they can be replaced by a single directive that should come into force by September 2020. The draft presented at the EcoDesign Consultation Forum in December 2017 no longer highlighted stage lighting as an exception.
According to correspondence with the responsible policy officer of the European Commission, their assumption was that “there could be scope for the exemptions for the theatre sector to be removed”.
The public review finished in January 2018 gave rise to comments from various interest groups, theatrical associations, lighting designers, end-users, manufacturer associations (such as PLASA – Professional Light and Sound Association, UK; VPLT -Der Verband für Medien und Veranstaltungstechnik e.V., Germany; and ALD – The Association of Lighting Designers, UK), as well as Robert Juliat (manufacturer of both tungsten and LED spot lights, France,) who pointed out that there are currently no suitable replacements available on the market for tungsten lamps and can fulfil all (most) relevant theatrical lighting tasks.
The aim of this talk is to point out the special demands of theatrical lighting in plain language and pictures, outlining the special challenges in this particular industry to fulfil the highest artistic and technical requirements. The goal is to encourage manufacturers to develop and provide suitable technical alternatives. These solutions should preferably be realised at competitive prices, so as to be affordable for smaller installations as well.
Depending on the ongoing progress in this consultation process, there might also be other co-speakers (e.g. lighting designers, manufacturers’ representatives, …) who will participate in a discussion. The lecture will start with initial statements of all participants and a live demonstration of real theatrical spot lights. For this purpose a room that can be blacked-out (apart from the necessary emergency lighting) would be required.