LOW ENERGY LIGHTING & RENEWABLE POWER GUIDE

One of the main culprits of our on-set carbon footprint is the power we need to keep our lighting running. Whether we're in the studio or on location there are new technologies we can take advantage of in order to reduce our impact.

LED LIGHTING OPTIONS & SUSTAINABLE CONSUMABLES

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Plant based poly from Greenkit and Arri's Sky Panel and L7-C LED Fresnel

The following suppliers have various options for us:

 

ARRI MEDIA
Their low energy range includes L-Series LED Fresnels and the Sky Panel: A new LED soft light, with tuneable colour temperatures, they can also be run on battery power.

 

PANALUX
Their energy-efficient offerings include the HiLo and the Tektile2, a low energy, low profile bi-colour soft light. The LDX90 is available as a daylight or tungsten balanced unit, running on battery or mains power – a great alternative to tungsten redheads and 1ks. DP Vanessa Whyte also developed the NessLED Kit with in conjunction with Panalux’s engineering team, ahead of the shoot for ‘Because I’m a Girl’, where a small team headed to remote locations without electricity in Thailand and Mali. Read more about the development of the kit here.

 

GREENKIT
Traditional poly takes at least 500 years to degrade - some suggest it never really does at all. It can't be recycled as it's been painted on one side, therefore it's best avoided all together. As well as supplying a range of low energy lighting, they also stock a plant-based alternative to poly - check out their website here.

 

OTHER CONSUMABLES
We should try to be less wasteful - croc clips can be sent back to the lighting company for rebagging. Why not set up a small bucket on set for any used ones to be returned too? You can also print our sign to help with an on set collection. Any large gel offcuts can be sent back to the lighting company for use by students.

BBC LOW ENERGY LIGHTING GUIDE

A handy guide to all the latest developments and technologies, plus comparison between low energy and traditional options. Click here to view and download the pdf.

RENEWABLE POWER OPTIONS

FIREFLY
Working with clients from the TV, Film and Radio industries, Firefly understand the importance of flexibility and working to tight deadlines. Their ZERO noise, ZERO vibration and ZERO carbon emission power systems are ideal for location shoots and outside broadcasts. Their Hybrid Power Generators will provide a greener source of energy for powering location and unit bases facilities, including honey wagons, camera trucks, dining trailers and OB units.


CREATIVE ENERGY @ WE ARE ALBERT
BAFTA's albert initiative is running a project to make renewable electricity attainable for any creative organisation. The Creative Energy project seeks to facilitate the industry’s transition to renewable electricity. If your organisation would like to make the switch to renewable energy supply, click on the link and answer a few questions on your current consumption to begin.

Firefly's Hybrid Power Generator in use on a BBC outside broadcast