All stage lighting as we know it is under threat.
The EU is proposing to change the rules that govern the light sources used in theatrical productions.
These changes would dramatically affect all theatre professionals, productions, and audiences.
The EU is on an efficiency drive. Generally, this is a good thing. They are cracking down on loopholes in current regulations that are being exploited.
In these current regulations, stage lighting is exempted. In the new proposed regs, it is not.
The ALD (Association of Lighting Designers) are working hard to explain the considerable impact this will have on stage and live performances.
This affects all gigs, theatre, opera, and all live performances and stage productions throughout Europe.
Essentially 'old' tungsten fixtures, and the majority of existing LED fixtures will no longer be available in the EU, and bulbs will cease to be supplied after September 2020.
Once the stock of bulbs runs out, these features and lights will become worthless – effectively scrap. Entire dimming and control infrastructures will have to be replaced.
All venues will be affected – in particular smaller ones and those with low budgets.
The ALD have set up a #SaveStageLighting Campaign - with the aim of demonstrating to the EU just how wide the opposition to these proposals is.
You can sign the petition by clicking the link below. Please do this ASAP.
For further information, please visit the ALD site.
Spread the word, Follow and Support the #SaveStageLighting Campaign here:
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