PAT Testing for Theatre Course outline

A half day course from ALD Commercial members Lamp & Pencil aimed at giving delegates a firm understanding of the legal requirements of why appliances are inspected and tested, and how. It covers the essential inspection and tests and also discusses what is not necessary, focussing on the main intention of ensuring portable appliances are safe to use rather than the multitude of functions available in modern appliance testers.

2016 Lightmongers Award Submission Criteria

This document details the submission process for the 2016 Worshipful Company of Lightmongers & ALD Award for New Talent in Entertainment Lighting.

Please read it carefully to ensure you comply with the term of the competition. Failure to do this will result in exclusion from the competition. This competition is only open to UK based lighting designers.

Michael Northen Bursary 2016 - Submission Info

Submissions must be received by the Wednesday 1st June 2016 and should either be submitted digitally, following the requirements attached or posted to:

ALD Michael Northen Bursary, PO Box 955, Southsea, Hampshire PO1 9NF

Submissions must adhere to the submission requirements. Failure to do this will result in exclusion from the competition. Any additional digital footage may be submitted on a CD/ DVD where you feel this to be more appropriate.

If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us directly:

Company Membership Leaflet

Details about company membership of the ALD for either large (Corporate) or small (Commercial) organisations

2016 Lumiere Pilot Scheme Information

The background and person specification to the the second pilot of the ALD's proposed Lumiere Scheme.

Sponsored Student Scheme Renewal Form

The entry requirements for the ALD's Sponsored Student Scheme has changed for the 2017 entry to only be open to NEW Student members of the ALD.

This form is for the exclusive use of any CURRENT members of the Sponsored Student scheme who continue to be students during the 2016 / 17 academic year to allow them to retain their FREE membership under the terms they signed up for in 2015. If membership is not renewed prior to Christmas 2016, their ALD membership will automatically end on 31st March 2017 and they will be subject to the general membership entry requirements should they wish to re-join at a later date.


See more info on Showlight Scheme here:
If you have any questions:
Please note Application Eligibilty criteria are met BEFORE you apply

Combined Liability Insurance Scheme

The policy provides the following sections of cover for Professional & Affiliate members who opt-in to pay a small surcharge on top of their subscriptions.
• Public Liability
• Products Liability
• Professional Indemnity

2015 Lumiere Charlotte Burton

Charlotte Burton wrote about her experience of the inaugural Lumiere Scheme recipient in 2015.

2016 Lumiere Rachel Cleary

Rachel Cleary was the 2016 Lumiere Scheme recipient and wrote about her experiences for the ALD's Focus Magazine.

Lighting Lunch 2017 Booking Form

PDF version of the 2017 Lighting Lunch Booking form

2017 Lighting Lunch Drinks Sponsor Form

Lighting companies, individuals or suppliers who would like to continue the tradition of sponsoring the drinks bill would be greatly appreciated. Last year the drinks bill was in excess of £5,000.00. Each year the costs rise, and your sponsorship is always welcomed. It would help us to manage the event if sponsors would advise us and arrange for payment in advance.

Professional Behaviour JT Article

ALD Chair Johanna Town on changing times and the expectations for professional behaviour in our industry.

ALD Contract Rider

The purpose of this rider is to encourage good practice and make clear the specific terms and conditions that apply to the Lighting Designer.

Suggested Fees Document

This document should be used as a guide for producers or companies looking to engage a lighting designer. Please note that these rates are an average, based on reports from members working in these areas, of actual fees being offered by companies in each of these categories.

What a Programmer Should Know - Basics

The position of a console programmer (as opposed to an operator) should never be underestimated. It is a difficult job, sometimes under immense pressure. The skills required are ever evolving and need time dedicated to them, and constantly used to achieve a standard that a designer can be happy with and a programmer can confidently say they are at. Therefore it is only fair to all those who do it that they are supported in every way they can be.

This document highlights the core functions a programmer needs to be able to do. This is only the core part of the syntax required to enable someone to input the data into the desk. It forms the basis of the conversation the ALD are undertaking to raise the standard and specific role of the programmer in all forms of entertainment lighting.

Student Placement Guide

With so many students approaching Lighting Designers for work placements we thought it would be sensible to clarify what is on offer and what to expect.

This guide outlines advice for both the student and the lighting designer on how to approach potential placements, what both sides should expect and offer the other and general etiquette of working in a professional work place. It is also a useful guide for tutors to use when setting up such placements.


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ALD Response to EU Proposal 2018

A response to the request for comments on the EU’s Eco-design and Energy Efficiency of Light Sources proposals, an effect of which would be to ban the supply of tungsten-halogen light sources which are heavily used in entertainment lighting.

EU Submission Additional Comments

An appendix to the main document submitted to the EU consultation that included various contributions received on why the imminent ban of supply would be bad for the art of lighting design in live performance as well as the effect it may have on venues who will need to replace equipment that would be rendered obsolete by the implementation and restriction to buy Tungsten Halogen lamps for their existing stock.