Company Membership Leaflet

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

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.

Professional Behaviour JT Article

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

Equity MSRL Companies List 2017

A list of those companies covered by the MSRL grading system as part of the Equity agreements with UK Theatre. If you do not know which thetares are in which grade, this is a useful reference guide for you.


Please do NOT just send this letter verbatim to your MEP or MP. If multiple copies of identical letters are received they will be marked as being part of an orchestrated campaign. Individual letters may be discounted, or the overall value of the all letters may be diminished.

A MS Word version of this document is available here:

ALD Follow-up Response to EU Proposal

A second submission made to EU as part of the Public Consultation phase of EU Eco-Design Proposals outlining everything discovered and learned on the subject since the original response made in January 2018.

#SSL Times News Item

Dark Times for Theatres under EU Bulb Rule - The Times Tuesday 8th May

PEARLE Eco-Design Lighting Amendments Proposal

Joint position on the impact on stage lighting and film/TV production of the draft Commission regulation on ecodesign requirements, repealing Regulation (EU) 1194/2012

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.


ALDWe are gradually compiling answers to queries, help with any common training needs for members using the site and provide solutions to commonly encountered issues.  This page is always a work-in-progress so please let us know if you have any queries that are not listed here.


The following links are provided in good faith as a useful resource. However, the Association of Lighting Designers cannot be responsible for the content of external internet sites. Please let us know if any of these links are broken or lead to incorrect web sites.

The Proposed 2020 EU Lighting Regulations - A Primer

It is clear that there is some confusion or uncertainty about just what is being proposed and just why it’s such a problem. So here’s a little ‘primer’ guide to the current and proposed rules, mainly aimed at collecting all of the information together into one place.

ALD EU Lighting2020 Briefing Document

An ALD Briefing Document, used to present the case to government departments, theatre organisations, producers and others rather than lighting specialists. It includes information on the impact these rules would have on those using lighting both artistically and financially, and also looks at the environmental issues around these regulations.

Julie's Bicycle Statement on Eco-Design

Response to the new draft regulations on lighting proposed under the EcoDesign directive 2009/125/EC as part of the EcoDesign Working Plan 2016-2019

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.

ALD Privacy Policy

The most recent version of the Association of Lighting Designers' Privacy Policy, incorporating our obligations to members under the 2018 GDPR Regualtions.

Exemption for Control Gears in Entertainment

Document explaining how and why entertainment control gear should be exempted under the proposed Eco Design Regulations due to the intrinsic issues with their current designs.

EU Consultation Documents

You can access, read, download and generally digest all of the relevant document concerning the Eco-design Working Plan 2016-2019 and the proposed legislation that is driving the campaign