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The Impact

We acknowledge that lighting has an impact on the environment, both in its use and in how it is created. Sometimes that impact is good – a street is safer to walk down when lit. Sometimes that impact is bad – making the energy to run that light can be damaging.

Our Aims

Simply put, we want to help people who create lighting maximise the good impact while minimising the bad impact.

For the lighting itself, we do this by:

  • providing a wide range of equipment so that teams can pick the right tool for the job
  • working our equipment hard and maintaining it to high standards
  • repairing equipment when possible, if not possible replacing it with more efficient tech
  • introducing new, more efficient technologies as they become available such as LEDs
  • using innovative power sources such as the HyLight hydrogen fuel cell
  • educating customers about the most efficient use of lighting equipment through our Green Guide

For the activities around lighting we do this by:

  • making our office activities as efficient as possible: reduce – reuse -recycle
  • reducing packaging where possible
  • if necessary, using recyclable or biodegradable packaging
  • using filtered tap water rather than bottled drinking water
  • operating a Ride2work cycle scheme
  • using electronic distribution for internal and external communication
  • working to improve the energy efficiency of our buildings and their services
  • scheduling our transport runs to take the most efficient routes, ensuring the minimum number of transport runs are made

Our Partners

We are also involved in a number of projects and with a number of organisations who are trying to reduce the environmental impact of lighting and entertainment as a whole, contributing to the Mayor of London’s Green Theatre Programme and collaborating with Julie’s Bicycle.

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Your Lighting Hire

The first step in better managing environmental impact is measurement. After all, you can’t manage what you can’t measure. In an effort to provide you with as much information as possible, we have started to list a carbon footprint figure for every hire contract. You can find this printed near the bottom of your hire estimate. This number represents the approximate carbon produced by White Light for the preparation and administration of your equipment and services. The carbon value is an estimate ONLY and excludes use, manufacture, transportation and customisation of the products.


Please note that the figure is provided by White Light Ltd on an “as is” and “as available” basis intended to provide information and guidance only.  White Light Ltd is not liable for any incorrect or misrepresented carbon information.

We’ve used the Creative IG Tools from Julie’s Bicycle to help us determine our carbon figures. For more information about Julie’s Bicycle Creative IG Tool, please visit


Green My Production Open Day

Green My Production was a day of talking about and looking at ways of improving the sustainability of entertainment production that we organised with the creative arts environmental organisation Julie’s Bicycle.

As always, we’re happy to share what we know. If you want to help reduce the impact of your lighting please do get in touch to see how we could help.