Ready Steady Light

The Ready Steady Light (RSL) is an annual competition which will see teams of lighting professionals competing against each other to design and set up temporary exterior installations with a limited range of equipment in 90 minutes.

About the competition

Light Middle East together with The Society of Light & Lighting, UK has been hosting the Ready Steady Light Competition for 3 years running, with the 4th edition set to take place again this year on 15th October 2019.

For the first time, the venue will not be at the Dubai World Trade Centre, with a new and exciting location for RSL to be announced soon! In addition to a new venue for the event, this year, students and aspiring lighting pupils will also be participating in Ready Steady Light. For the competition each randomly chosen team is allocated a site and, returning to basic engineering and design, teams will be tasked with lighting their site in its natural state with the equipment provided. They will each have to overcome challenges without a budget and within time constraints.

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Ready Steady Light 2019 - 15th October

17:00 - Team Registration
17:30 - Briefing & Site Allocation
18:00 - Installation begins
19:30 - Installation completed, judging begins & dinner
20:30 - Clear sites
21:00 – Networking & dinner with cocktail
23:00 - Site closed

Judging process and winners

2018 winners for Technical Award & Creative Award went to (TEAM 2) Mohannad Alsalkhadi - Scientechnic, Jelena Vucicevic - CD+M, William gajelonia jr - CD+M, Nalini Srinivasan - BMTC, Wajood Mastan - Studio Lumen

The winners will be judged within 3 categories:

  1. Most Creative Effect based on the natural features of the site and the theme. Judged by an expert panel.
  2. Best Technical Solution for taking into account energy use, light pollution and health & safety. Judged by an expert panel.
  3. Peer Prize. Judged by other contestants.

The winning teams will be announced at the 2019 Light Middle East awards. For further details about the event please email

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