Light Bytes

  • Light Bytes is an event that takes place on the first Thursday of every month and is a series of informal chats about light and lighting which helps to promote open communication and networking in the lighting and associated industries. Hosted from the ETC office in London and streamed worldwide, each month we present a new and exciting topic featuring news about our latest products and industry current trends. Joined by a host of different industry professionals at each event, from opinion panels, spotlights on companies or specific work, to round-tables, all with the opportunity for you to engage with our panel in the question and answer sessions.

    Whether you work in live entertainment, broadcast, film, architecture, or whether you are just passionate about light and lighting, then Light Bytes is for you. Register below to attend the next Light Bytes event – we look forward to seeing you there!

    We have some awesome sessions lined up already for next year and we will be posting the schedules soon. Remember that you are welcome to join us in person at our London office for all our 2022 events – we’d love to see you. Our first session for 2022 will be on the 3rd February.

    The Light Bytes team want to say a big THANK YOU to all our supporters – we appreciate you joining us every month and we look forward to seeing you all again in the new year. We want to wish you all a wonderful festive season – have fun, stay safe and may 2022 be filled with love, laughter and light!

    All the best

    Our next sessions:

    Thursday, February 3rd 2022, 16:30 GMT – An evening with Mandla Mtshali Register Here

    The Light Bytes team are thrilled to be kicking off Season 3 with the next edition in our series of Lighting Designers from Around the World. Join us as we spend an evening talking to South African lighting designer Mandla Mtshali – a young Johannesburg designer who is taking the industry by storm, not just with his lighting designs, but with his clothing range too. We’ll be talking to Mandla about how he got started, his work and processes, the state of the industry in South Africa while still keeping it ‘light’.

    Light TrailsMandla Mtshali

    Mandla began his journey in theatre and lighting by joining the Technician Training Program at the Dance Factory in Johannesburg. He then went on to study Performing Arts Technology at the Tshwane University of Technology. After his studies Mandla worked as a freelance technician for numerous companies including MGG Prodcutions, Production Projects, Vuyani Dance Theatre and the French Institute of South Africa. Like many others he also spent time working at the various arts festivals that take place throughout the year – the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, KKNK, Aardklop, Macufe, Dance Umbrella and Arts Alive!, before taking up a permanent position at the renowned Market Theatre as a stage manager. Mandla later joined the newly built Lyric Theatre as Head of Lighting and Resident Lighting Designer where he had the opportunity to work on a variety of different productions. Mandla founded his production and design company Amandla Designs in 2015 and his career has gone from strength to strength, earning him three Naledi Theatre Award nominations for Best Lighting Design.

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    Thursday, March 3rd 2022, 16:30 GMT – Dragons and Superheroes Register Here

    Have you ever wondered what it must be like to be a superhero’s LD? Or how close you can put a Fresnel to a dragon? Join us for this super exciting Light Bytes event where we are talking to Cinematographer Fabian Wagner about his work on Marvel and DC films and the Game of Thrones. We’ll chat about his career, his process, his favourite instrments, colours and a whole lot more. This will be an in-person session at the Playhouse in London and we would love you to join us for the live event. If you would like to attend the event, please send an email with your details to us at and we will reserve your place.

    Light TrailsFabian Wagner

    Fabian Wagner was born in Munich, Germany. He studied at the Northern Film School in Leeds, earning a master's degree. Starting in 2004, Wagner began working as a cinematographer, first shooting music videos and short films. In 2008, he began working regularly on television shows for BBC and ITV, and since then has been working almost exclusively for British and American film companies. His first role as a cinematographer for a TV show was for the 2008 BBC Three drama series Spooks: Code 9, for which he filmed all six episodes. Since then, he has been working around the world on various productions. His first feature film The Legend of Barney Thomson (2015) under director Robert Carlyle won the Scottish Bafta award for best movie. His work on the Sherlock episode "A Scandal in Belgravia" and the Game of Thrones episode "Hardhome" earned him two Emmy nominations in 2012 and 2015, respectively. He has also been nominated for ASC and BSC awards and has become one of the youngest members of the British Society of Cinematographers.

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    Thursday, April 7th 2022, 16:30 GMT – Next Generation of Light Register Here

    Each year colleges around the UK graduate new lighting technicians, production electricians, lighting designers and programmers. Join us for this session where the next generation of lighting practitioners will introduce themselves to the industry in a series of short “speed dating”-style presentations. Each student will have only 400 seconds to introduce themselves and show their work. If you want to know who the next generation will be, then be sure not to miss this fast-paced session. If you are able to attend the in-person event, then you can meet and chat to the students after their presentations. If you would like to attend the in-person event, please send an email to and we will reserve your place.

    We will be announcing our list of students soon – so watch this space!

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    You can watch our past Light Bytes sessions HERE.

    Previous sessions
    Take a look at our previous sessions, recorded live here at the link below. We’ve covered a host of topics including ‘A Designer’s Round Table’, ‘Programmers Round Table’, ‘Hog Club Edition’ and ‘Lighting Associations’.

    Previous Sessions View Youtube Playlist

  • Future sessions

    • Thursday, February 3rd 2022, 16:30 GMT – An evening with Mandla Mtshali
    • Thursday, March 3rd 2022, 16:30 GMT – Dragons and Superheroes
    • Thursday, April 7th 2022, 16:30 GMT – Next Generation of Light


  • If you want to find out in advance what the topics will be, or if you would like to receive regular Light Bytes updates, please sign up below.