Provide lighting to meet the desired effect

Business Sectors (Suites): Lighting for Film and TV
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 29 Mar 2020


​This standard is about providing lighting systems at the lighting intensity appropriate to the production's requirements. This standard is also about obtaining the desired direction, quality and colour of light, controlling and adjusting the light, and providing a safe working environment.

This standard covers the use of the following lighting systems: luminaires, tungsten lamps, LED lighting, HMI lighting, Fluorescent.

This standard is for those working as Lighting Technicians, Best Boys and Gaffers.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. ​check that all light sources perform accurately within their design limits
  2. confirm that connectors and lighting systems are identified with numbered labels to ensure consistent connection and control
  3. follow instruction to alter the light source in terms of setting, colour temperature, beam angle, and flag or reflector setting
  4. confirm that the required filters are in place and are producing the desired result
  5. use accessories to control the light source to meet the desired effect
  6. use lighting systems or ballast controls to meet the desired effect
  7. apply lighting effects to the production from specialised equipment, in a safe and controlled environment
  8. establish consistent filtering and correction for lighting
  9. communicate with colleagues when production requirements are unachievable
  10. unify colour temperature of mixed light sources when required

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the different types of light measuring equipment available, and their uses
  2. how light levels can affect the mood of the production
  3. how your working practices affect other departments
  4. the different lighting systems and their use to meet the desired effect
  5. the types of ancillary equipment available including, barn doors, dimmer shutters, gobos, flags, stipple boards, filters, diffusion; and the criteria for their safe use
  6. how to produce a range of effects using different luminaires, ancillary equipment and techniques
  7. how the different light sources, diffusion materials, and filters or reflectors used produce the desired results
  8. the different lighting plans in common use, and how to interpret them
  9. colour correction techniques and how their application affects the outcome
  10. the uses of hard and soft sources and how to control them
  11. when and why to use reflected light
  12. the different types of lighting systems and sources, and how to get the best performance from them
  13. how to use par lenses to shape the light beam to meet the desired effect


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Indicative Review Date

30 Mar 2024





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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing, Crafts, Creative Arts and Design, Media and Communication, Performing Arts, Skilled Trades NEC, Skilled Trades Occupations

SOC Code



lighting; design; ligthing systems; desired effect; light sources; filters; production requirements; lighting plan;