Poor Lighting Hazards

Updated February 21, 2017

Few people realise the number of lighting hazards that exist in a theatre or performing arts venue. Theatre lighting includes hanging stage lights, floor lights, strobe lights and projectors. Poor or bad lighting practices, such as using the wrong types of bulbs, incorrect lighting placement, lights that are too bright or lights hung improperly, can be dangerous for performers, actors, stage hands, theatre employees and patrons.

Dim Lighting

Installing lighting that is too dim can cause performers, stage hands or patrons to fall. While a performer sometimes desires low lights for stage effects, there needs to be enough illumination for people to see where they are walking.

Lighting Too Close to Drapes

Placing lighting too close to drapes is a fire hazard. When the lights come in contact with the drapes for a prolonged period, the heat from the lights can cause the drapes to ignite, according to the Global Health and Safety Network.

Lights Too Bright

Looking at lights that are too bright for an extended period can cause eye damage. According to an Associated Press article published on Nov. 6, 2006, South Carolina Gov. Mark Standford had been attending an award ceremony and was under the bright stage lights for more than an hour. After the ceremony, he went to the doctor complaining of eye pain. To treat his damaged eyes, the governor was told to rest them and to use eye drops. Stage lights that are too bright could cause similar damage to performers or patrons.

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