1) The Lighting Design Process

2) The Lighting Rig / System

3) Focussing Lighting

4) Colour

5) Texture & Effects

6) Plotting Lighting & Control

7) Running the Show


Further Information:

Bookshelf – Additional Interest

A Method of Lighting the Stage (1947)
By Stanley McCandless
[External Website]

The History of Stage and Theater Lighting (1929)
[External Website]

Stage Lighting On A Shoestring (1961)
From Strand Archive

Lighting for Television 
[17Mb PDF]
From Strand Archive

Lighting the Amateur Stage 1 (1984)
By Francis Reid
[7.7Mb PDF]
From Strand Archive

Lighting the Amateur Stage 2 (1984)
By Francis Reid
[9Mb PDF]
From Strand Archive



External Links

Access Equipment

Aluminium Access Products Tallescope manufacturers [UK]
Genie Lifts and Access Equipment [Worldwide]
Slingsby Access ladders [UK]
Zarges Access ladders & towers [Germany & UK]


PAM (Portail des Arts de la Marionette) [France]

Control Systems

RC4 Wireless DMX
RDM Protocol About the Remote Device Management enhancements to DMX512


Andrew Gardner
Ben M Rogers [London, UK]
David Hersey
David Howe
Durham Marenghi
Graham Walne [UK]
Luc Lafortune
Marcin Michna [Poland]
Natasha Katz
Patrick Woodroffe
Paul Pyant
Paule Constable
Richard Pilbrow Theatre Projects
Sean Hennessy [NY, USA]
Teegan Lee [Australia]
Tim Routledge [UK]

Discussion Forums

in 1: the podcast The Lives of Theatrical Designers
Podcast: Light Talk with the Lumen Brothers
Podcast: Lighting Nerds
Podcast: The Light Side Luke Stratton
The Blue Room Technical Discussion Forum [UK]


Ellumiglow EL Wire Electro-Luminescent Wire [Oregon, USA]


101 Uses for Gaffa Tape (Photo gallery)
101 Uses for Gaffer Tape (List)
Ironclad Performance Work Gloves [Los Angeles, CA, USA]
Lighting Stencil from Stage Electrics [UK]
Pockit Utility holsters & accessories for your tools [USA]
Setwear Gloves, belts, bags [CA, USA]


LDI Show (Lighting Dimensions International) [Las Vegas, USA]

Health & Safety

ESTA Fog / Smoke [USA]
Health & Safety Executive [UK]
Online Sign Free Printable Safety Sign Maker
RU Safe? information and guidance about safety in small venues [UK]
The Yellow Book - ABTT Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment Safety standards and guidelines for venues. [UK]
Theatre Safety Blog


Ancient Lights Vintage Lighting Equipment Hire [UK]
National Theatre panel of Lighting Designers discuss their craft [London, UK]
The Backstage Heritage Collection [UK]
The Lighting Archive invaluable archive of paperwork from designers such as Ken Billington and Jean Rosenthal
The Magic Lantern Society [UK]
The Strand Archive Information about equipment produced by Strand Lighting / Rank Strand / Strand Electric
Theatre Lighting Archive Video interviews from long-serving members of the lighting community in South Africa [South Africa]
Theatrical Lighting Database From the New York Public Library [NY, USA]


Cable Organizer Cable Raceways [USA]
MTX Engineering Metalwork and Accessories [UK]


Gallowglass Event Crews in UK & Mainland Europe [UK & Europe]
Parents & Carers In Performing Arts [UK] (formerly StageJobsPro) Theatre and Stage Jobs for UK Professionals [UK]


ADB Lighting Control and luminaires [Belgium]
Altman Lighting Inc. Luminaires [USA]
Artistic Licence LED fixtures & control [Middlesex, UK]
CCT Lighting Luminaires [UK ]
Glasson Electronics LED Festoon & Lamp Control
High End Systems Moving Lights [Texas, USA]
James Hutton Lighting F650 Fresnels, PC650 PCs and P650 Profiles [Birmingham, UK]
LEDJ LED products
Lee Filters Colour List
MA Lighting grandMA range of lighting desks [Germany]
Robert Juliat Luminaires, Dimmers, Followspots [France]
Rosco Filters
Selecon (part of the Philips Group) Luminaires, Lighting Control [Worldwide]
Strand Lighting (part of the Philips Group) Luminaires, Lighting Control [UK/USA]
Strong Entertainment Lighting Followspots [USA]
Vari*Lite Moving Lights [Texas, USA]
Zero 88 DImming and lighting control [Wales, UK]

Moving Lights

About the Moving Light Programmer blog entry from Ross Williams
RSC Lightlock Rigging automated lighting on easily movable or flown structures [UK]


Josef Svoboda
Linford Hudson, Followspot Operator


Vari*Lite VLX Wash Light LED wash light [USA]


Allan Chapman & James Insurance Public Liability Insurance etc. [UK]
An Introduction to Stage Lighting
Animated Knots [USA]
Crew Cover Insurance Public Liability Insurance etc. [UK]
Doodsons Entertainment Public Liability Insurance etc. [UK]
La Playa UK Public Liability Insurance etc. [UK / USA]
Light Talk - Podcast
Load-In International Live Touring Industry magazine [UK]
Multipoint Suspension - not as easy as it seems Essential reading!
Podcast: Production Meetings Essential listening
Theatre Digs Booker Touring Accommodation Finder [UK]
Wrightsure Insurance Public Liability Insurance [UK]


Colour Temperature
StageWork Resources about the backstage work of the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Birmingham Rep [UK]


Aida on Broadway - Natasha Katz goes Egyptian
The House of Dancing Water interview with Luc Lafortune


Look Solutions [Germany, Europe]
LSG Low Smoke Generator from Le Maitre Carbon Dioxide input required
LSX Low Smoke Converter from Le Maitre
Martin (Jem)
Smoke Factory [Germany, Europe]
Theatre FX [USA]


Alien Stagecraft Tablet EOS Remote
AutoCAD Viewer
Autodesk AutoCAD
Autodesk Fusion 360 CAD Free for students & startups
Baxel Data - Cue Player Software for Windows
Bluebeam Markup, annotate and share drawings [USA]
CAD 4 Theatre CAD training [UK]
Capture Lighting Visualisation Software [Sweden]
Drafty App for lighting, sound & video designers [USA]
Entec USB DMX interface DMX output from computer
GarageCube LED and Video Mapping [Switzerland]
LD Assistant Lighting design & event planning
LD Calculator
Lightconverse Visualisation [UK]
Luxart Conception (Microlux software)
LX Free Free download for Mac from the maker of Maclux Pro
LX Series Range of LX software for Mac from the maker of Maclux Pro
Maclux Pro Mac LX design software
Mitti Video Cue Playback
Modelbox CAD drawings of UK venues [London, UK]
Modelbox Lighting Symbols Free download
Moving Light Assistant Paperwork
Omnifocus To Do List management
QLC+ (Q Light Controller+) Cross-platform lighting control
ShoFlo Collaborative Show Calling Software [USA]
SketchUp 3D modelling and design
StageHand Gel Reference
TimeLord - Media Timecode Player Optimised for use with grandMA2
TurboCAD range 2D and 3D CAD
Vibrio Lighting Control for iPad
Virtual Magic Sheet - West Side Systems [USA]
Vivien - Cast Lighting Event Design & Planning Software
WYSIWYG Lighting visualisation
Zacview Visualisation for theatres [Germany]
 Projection Mapping >> HeavyM Easy Projection Mapping software [France]
 Projection Mapping >> MadMapper Video & Light Mapping Software


AED Group
Audio Light Systems [Edinburgh, Scotland, UK]
Barbizon Sales
DS Lighting Sales [France]
Flints Theatrical Chandlers Tools and Supplies [London, UK]
Full Compass Supplier [UK ]
Gear Source Europe Secondhand / Used Equipment [Kent, UK]
OPTI Kinetics Truss
Planet DJ Lighting, Sound & DJ Equipment [NV, USA]
Pro Sound & Stage Lighting Sales [CA, USA]
SLX Lighting, Sound, Scenic Hire and Events [UK]
Stage Electrics Lighting & Sound Equipment Sales [UK]
TMB Electrical. lighting and rigging equipment
Total Solutions Group Trussing & Rigging [Birmingham, UK]
 Effects >> Wildfire FX Ultraviolet effects [Los Angleles, CA, USA]
 LED >> Brother, Brother & Sons LED lighting [Denmark]
 Gobos >> Apollo Design Technology Gels, gobos, scrollers [USA]
 Gobos >> Goboland Gobos [International]
 Gobos >> Goboplus Gobos [UK]
 Gobos >> Projected Image Gobos & Projection [UK]
 Colour Media >> GAM Great American Market [USA]
 Colour Media >> Gray Glass Devon Theatrical Lighting Filters [USA]
 Colour Media >> Lee Filters [USA]
 Colour Media >> Rosco Laboratories Rosco Supergel, Cinegel [USA]

Unions / Associations

ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) Training, Advice, Membership [London, UK]
Actors Equity [American actors and stage managers] [USA]
ALD / A.L.D. - Association of Lighting Designers UK Association for students and professionals [London, UK]
ALIA Australasian Lighting Industry Association [Australasia]
BECTU Broadcasting, Entertainment & Cinematograph Trade Union (UK) [London, UK]
IATSE International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees [USA]
PLASA UK Professional Lighting & Sound Association [UK]
Skillset [London, UK]
USITT United States Institute for Theatre Technology [USA]

Video Resources

Backstage at the Royal Opera House - The Opera Machine Full access to 21 cameras backstage for Act III of the Ring Cycle