This site has been updated considerably since we first listed it and
now, although it retains its large amount of information, it is much
faster. There are details about the company and news but, most importantly,
pages on the huge range of products it carries.
The Association of Lighting Designers
Full details of this association: its aims, history, members, how
to join, diary of events, resources.
An Australian site which consists of an excellent collection of stage
lighting links. Very basic: one long page with nothing but categorised
links, no comments, but nonetheless very useful.
Black Light is arguably Scotland's biggest lighting supplier. This
site is still not quite complete but there's nonetheless a lot there:
the people, their hire catalogue (in .pdf format), their newsletter
(also .pdf), their production and design business, their installation
business, and their service.
The Blue Room Technical
A wide range of UK-based discussion forums about technical apects
of theatre: general, lighting, effects and pyro, staging and rigging,
stage management, wardobe, props, sound and AV, safety. It's reasonably
busy and contains much of interest.
- Lighting Designer
Richard Caswell has worked with companies as varied as the Rambert
Dance Company, the London Coliseum and the Young Vic. The site lists
his clients and productions, reviews, and various pages of amusing
Celco products are mainly for the entertainment industry, not theatre, but they have some very useful products: a video-wall controller, for instance, which will operate from any desk with DMX512 output. When you click on a product, a small window opens, so you can make direct comparisons between products easily. Nice idea!
The name in effects lighting. A well designed and information-packed
site, presented in a number of languages. There are details of the
company, its philosophy, history and so on, but the meat of it, for
most people, is the products section. There you will find all their
products and for each there is a description and a link to the full
instruction manual. Another very useful site.
E.Go Show Control System
A show control (lights, video and sound) system using the ACN protocol
(the successor to DMX512), which will be available in the winter of
2004/2005. The site features an overview and a detailed tour of the
The Electric Company
(Dundee) Lighting hire, sales and installation company: details (with
photographs) of past projects as well as listings of equipment held
Flying Pig Systems
This site is smaller than it looks! By that I mean that most of the
pages have very little information - many are just links to other
sites. The most interesting and useful is the part which deals with
their Wholehog II lighting console.
Reading-based Galamntre provides "integrated entertainment systems
packages to performance venues around the world." They provide
lighting, sound, comms, video, seating, drapes, steelwork and more
for everywhere from theatres to TV studios and cruise ships.
Laser Innovations produces laser control systems based on the PC. Read a profile of the company and look at their product list, where you can click on an illustration to see the full tech. specs. of each product.
Light Industry is lighting designer Vince Herbert(Cheshire). All the
details you would expect.
(Greenford, Essex) Lots of details of the Q range of lighting control systems - Qcommander, Q desks, Qbuffer, Q dimmer packs - and Lightomation. This site has developed tremendously since I first listed it, with a great deal of info now available. Their full colour catalogue is now available as a .pdf download.
The Moving Light Company
A much-improved site, with the services the company offers, hire details, contacts, and their sister company, Modelbox. And, of course, there's the latest company news.
Based in Leith, near Edinburgh, NL is the biggest lighting supplier in Scotland. There's the history of the company, news, details of projects, sales, hire and the key people, plus a full product guide. You can register for regular updates.
Optikinetics is one of the major manufacturers of effects projectors
and wheels and every item they produce is illustrated on the site
- with a few animations to show what the various effects look like!
Unfortunately the visitor has to work through quite a number of "low
content" screens to get to the info (s)he wants. They also manufacture
Oz Light is professional lighting designer David L Sadler. The site
gives his biography, photos (and video) of his work, news and how
to contact him.
par64.com - Alex Collins Electrical Services
A company specialising in mains electrical distribution for trade
fairs and all kinds of outdoor events - which could include music
and theatre. Based in Chelmsford.
Edinburgh based but working nationally. A production services company:
lighting & sound design, production rigging and electrics. Not
updated since February 2003 and much is still under construction.
A very extensive site which covers the full range of Pulsar gear, plus a lot of interesting info about where & how it is being used. Plenty of .pdf downloads: tech, product literature and illuminate, their magazine.
Richard Bowles' Lighting Page
Richard Bowles is a freelance lighting designer in the entertainment,
rock and corporate fields. His Roadie site covers mainly "intelligent"
lighting and is not really theatre-orientated, but interesting for
A PC based integrated lighting, audio and video control system. Full
product details (with downloadable demos) and details of training.
This is a US site selling stage lighting and would not therefore normally
be listed on the BTG. However it has a very useful tool which enables
would-be purchasers to see a side-by-side
comparison of three luminaires from different manufacturers. Well
worth visiting for that alone!
- the Ultimate Guide
Two videos on stage lighting by Greenlight Productions and Graham
Walne (author of a number of standard works on stage tech). The site
details the video contents, gives some stills with text (streaming
audio coming "soon", it says), and an online form to request