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 products we can take advantage of in order to reduce our impact. Of course, we also need to understand how the rental cost compares to the more power-hungry alternatives, especially when lower fuel and electricity unit costs can be taken into account. Some of the newer options like Arri's Sky Panels don't need gels either - another saving. And without those boiling hot lights? Less boiling hot crew - cutting down on air conditioning and fans too. We'll shortly be hosting a round table event with some prominent lighting companies, DoPs and gaffers, to get the bottom of how to get on board with these ever-changing technologies.
The following suppliers have various options for us:
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.
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.
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.
This post has been adapted from our Low Energy Lighting and Renewable Power Guide.