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This year's Ready Steady Light , held at Rose Bruford College, saw 11 teams competing to design an exterior lighting scheme in just 180 minutes given a range of equipment and an assigned location. Three different awards were up for grabs: Technical, Artistic and a Peer review. The Society of Light & Lighting’s annual Ready Steady Light competition gets increasingly competitive, with independent design practices going up against teams from manufacturers and students, and this year it was the youngsters who led the way. Ready Steady Light offers a unique opportunity for everyone involved to actually get their hands on lighting equipment and see how it performs away from the safety net of computer software. There’s no theory, no product data sheets available (no one cares what the LOR is!), just good old fashioned practical experience, and this year 11 teams battled it out for the prizes. Teams drew a random site in the college


grounds, were allocated a selection of luminaires, and given just three hours to create an external lighting masterpiece. The challenge of creating a lighting design with a limited product range and interpreting a site is a great leveller and ensures that it’s as much fun for people who don’t normally design installations as it is for the designers – it’s all about the effect that can be created! Kit can be traded but the sites are sacrosanct – there’s no props or gimmicks allowed – apart from the stories that teams tell the judges about their installation! The SLL technical prize judging panel was headed up by President Alan Tulla, and they awarded Highly Commended to the “Old Stables” by Light IQ and the “Old Courtyard” by DPA Oxford. The casting vote went to “Behind the Principal” – a design completed by the team from the Young Lighting Professionals. They used the natural vegetation to create a gobo projection onto the white brick wall and picked a spiritual theme to compliment their site.


Kevin Theobald, IALD President Elect, chaired the panel awarding the Artistic prize, and they awarded Highly Commended again to the DPA team along with “Behind the Labs” by Arup Lighting. Their winning team though was Bartlett 2 with the “Old House” – they chose to concentrate mainly on the lake and trees and created a simple but beautiful installation.


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The Peer prize is judged by all of the competitors and having been narrowly pipped to both other awards, it seemed fitting that the team from DPA Oxford was rewarded for their simple but effective interpretation of the Old Courtyard.


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