Le travail effectué lors des dernières réunions semble porter ses fruits : la commission européenne va retirer de la liste des luminaires interdits à partir de 2020 une grande partie des sources d’éclairage utilisées dans le spectacle vivant et au cinéma. La liste définitive sera publiée en novembre prochain.

Si la plupart des lampes halogènes ou à décharge que nous utilisons devraient faire partie de cette liste, et donc ne pas être interdites, ce ne sera pas le cas pour les lampes qui ont une utilisation autre que dans le spectacle vivant ou le cinéma.


Une rapide lecture des documents produits par l’UE montre qu’elle reconnait le caractère spécifique des équipements spéciaux pour le spectacle , avec des exemptions pour à la fois les appareils LED avec couleurs modulables et un certain nombre de lampes tungsten utilisées pour la lumière de spectacle. D’autre part, la date de mise en application a été reportée à septembre 2021 au lieu de septembre 2020.


The next draft of the EU’s proposed Ecodesign and Eco Labelling regulations became available on July 16th.

A quick initial reading of the documents shows that the EU has recognised the special requirements of entertainment lighting, with exemptions included for both ‘colour tuneable’ LED lighting fixtures and for a number of tungsten lamp bases commonly used in entertainment lighting. Notably, the start date for the regulations has also been revised from September 2020 to September 2021.

Teams from the ALD and others in the entertainment industry are currently scrutinising the drafts to understand exactly what they offer, what they don’t offer and how they will impact entertainment lighting.

More on this to follow soon…


Citations des articles publiés par l’ALD – The Association of Lighting Designers :



UPDATE: 18th May 2018

A group of professionals from across member organisations, manufacturers and designers in the live entertainment industry (including Pearle, SOLT/UK Theatre, the ALD, the Association of Swedish Lighting Designers, the IALD, OETHG, PLASA and VLPT)  had a very productive meeting in Brussels on 17 May with DG Energy.

As a result we have agreed to channel our work into seeking to draft a specific, technically based, exemption for lighting uses in the Stage and entertainment industries in the new proposed Eco Regulations planned for 2020. This work needs to happen quickly with our collective comments being channelled through Pearle to DG Energy in advance of the next draft of the regulations due in late June.

In order to allow for this process to run as smoothly as possible, the campaign’s social media platforms will remain dormant until such a time as we have further updates.

Many thanks for your continued support.

The #SaveStageLighting team

UPDATE 2: 22nd JUNE 2018

ECO Design regulation: news of our industry’s petition to save stage lighting.

Theatres will not go dark due to ECO design rules’

On 20 June 2018, the period of public consultation for the proposed ECO design regulation – that will affect lighting products of all types – expired. The EU DG Energy department has passed on a revised draft to the next stage of the legislative process. We expect to know its content within a few weeks as it progresses through the committee stages of the process of turning it into a law. Although much still remains to be known, the situation now is far more positive than many had feared and greatly improved since our public meetings earlier this year.


Our petitioning team made a clear case for exemptions for our industry – including for stage, studio, film and live event purposes – and we have received strong indications that the main arguments of the case have been accepted. There will be a list of exempted lamp base types that will include many of the specialised tungsten and discharge lamps we use.  We can expect the list to be comprehensive, but we should also expect that a few types we have been using will not be exempted if they are in use for other common non-entertainment purposes.  There will be an exemption for colour-tunable light sources, but the details have not yet been provided.


The text of the regulation will be published publicly in November this year and is to be enacted in law in September 2020. More specific details will be available shortly, and these will be disseminated as soon as they are confirmed. There may be more work to do and more details to clarify but, until we see the revised draft, it would be prudent to remain calm and patient.


Adam Bennette (PLASA), Christian Allabauer (OETHG), Randell Greenlee (VPLT) & Silke Lalvani (PEARLE), on behalf of the Professional Entertainment Lighting Products ECO design task group.