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SLL Ready Steady Light returns with a record number of teams

The Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) were delighted to be able to welcome back teams of lighting professionals for the return of SLL Ready Steady Light, in association with Rose Bruford College.

Due to COVID-19, the Society was unable to hold this annual, flagship event during 2020. Now in its 18th year, Ready Steady Light normally takes place in March but, due to the ongoing lockdown earlier this year, the decision was made to postpone it until the Autumn.

The Society initially tested the water by contacting practices and lighting professionals who had previously entered teams, intending to gauge whether there would be enthusiasm for taking part. The response from the industry was extremely positive, with companies eager to enter teams and get involved in this back-to-basics celebration of light and lighting. 2021 saw a record number of teams taking part, with 15 in total.

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.
Returning to basic engineering and design, teams were tasked with lighting their site in its natural state with the equipment provided. They each have to overcome challenges without a budget and within time constraints.

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

Team Michael Grubb Studio - 2021 Technical Award Winners. Photo credit: Instagram - @schlenkercreatives 

Team Michael Grubb Studio won the 2021 Technical Award, judged by Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton of Lighting Collective, joined by Mark Ayers who alongside Martin founded Ready Steady Light. 

Team Franklite - 2021 Artistic Award Winners. Photo: Juliet Rennie

Team Franklite won the 2021 Artistic Award, judged, and supported by the IALD.

Team MS Lighting Design - 2021 Peer Prize Winner. Photo: Instagram - @schlenkercreatives 

Team MS Lighting Design won the 2021 Peer Prized, a much-coveted award judged by the contestants taking part.
 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 felt it was more important than ever to provide design practices, students, and lighting professionals with an opportunity to have fun and work together, with the added element of some friendly competition. 
Ready Steady Light is held in partnership with Rose Bruford College and supported by the IALD. Further support and equipment were provided by Lee Filters, Light Collective, Signify, White Light, Whitecroft and Zumtobel Group.
 Each year, the Society puts out a call to lighting manufacturers who may wish to donate kit to Rose Bruford College, supporting their lighting education programme and students, along with future RSL events. If you are interested in finding out more or in donating lighting equipment, please contact us at
 Students enrolled in Rose Bruford College's Lighting and Design BA course support the event, allowing them to see lighting professionals working in this unique environment. With this year’s competition held in October, the students had a much tighter timeframe, having to get to grips with the project brief, liaise with suppliers and deliver the event. They did a truly outstanding job, with special thanks to Tom Burt, Gulika Nagpal, Victory Adeniyi, Cian Feasey, Jack Hooper and Leon Sawicki.
If you have any questions about Ready Steady Light, please email