Did you know that not only will Tungsten be banned under the Energy Directorate’s proposals, but also ALL discharge and LED units too? #SaveStageLighting!

The EU Commission has proposed to ban the sale of almost all types of stage lighting units. This has been suggested as part of a plan to bring all theatrical lighting tools under the same regulations as the lights that you would use in your garage or your kitchen at home.


The aim is to only allow the sale of lighting products that can meet a certain level of energy efficiency. The trouble is that the proposed energy efficiency level is now so high, that none of the tools that we use in the theatre are capable of meeting it. This includes our newest and best LED units.

This is very worrying as the manufacturers of our tools don’t think it will be possible to meet the new targets at all. Ultimately this means that the prospect of thousands of theatres going dark and facing closure is a very real thing.

While we applaud the ambitious targets that have been set for domestic products, we in the entertainment industry need to be able to use light in a very different way, therefore we require this legislation to recognise that. Furthermore, on average theatre lighting only accounts for 5% of a theatre’s global energy consumption. We feel that concentrating resources elsewhere could lead to greater potential efficiency savings.

Save Stage Lighting

The Light Up to #SaveStageLighting Project involves venues lighting up the exterior of their buildings and/or or their surroundings with the hashtag #SaveStageLighting. We invited venues all over Europe, of all sizes, be they a small pub with fifty seats in a back room, a number one producing house, or a massive stadium, to partake. Our aim is to get our message out to as many people as possible and to demonstrate the largest possible cultural opposition to these proposals.

They will be joining with some of the other leading venues across Europe including many venues on London’s West End. The event will take place on Saturday the 28th of April. We are asking them to light up for the night so as many people as possible will see it. This date is key as there is a public consultation with the EU which closes on the 7th of May, so we want to give people the chance to respond.

There are 3 big things that you can do to help:

Sign the petition here>>> https://www.change.org/p/the-eu-energy-directorate-keep-sta…

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