Proposals are being put in place to ensure changes made to lighting regulations by the European Union (EU) will not adversely affect the live entertainment industry.
A Save Stage Lighting campaign was launched after it emerged as part of the EU’s Ecodesign Working Plan, stage lighting – including tungsten, arc and LED – would need to meet new criteria, similar to that in homes and offices, by September 2020 (see Audience issue 220).
Venues, manufacturers and hire companies across Europe have backed the campaign, with fears they would be unable to comply with the new regulations in time and existing lighting fixtures would be barred from use.
In a step to counter the action interested parties including UK Theatre, the Association of Swedish Lighting Designers and the Professional Light and Sound Association (PLASA) have met with the EU’s Directorate-General for Energy, a department working to develop and implement the EU’s energy policy, to secure an exemption for stage lighting – as existed in the previous regulations.
“We had a very productive meeting in Brussels,” says Johanna Town, chair of the UK’s Association of Lighting Designers, which has orchestrated the campaign. “As a result we have agreed to channel our work into seeking to draft a specific, technically based, exemption for lighting uses in the stage and entertainment industries in the new proposed Eco Regulations planned for 2020.”
A further draft of the regulations, which aim to improve energy efficiency, will be made in late June.