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ILP and Women in lighting

The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) supports the aim of the Women In Lighting platform to increase the profile of successful women working in lighting design to help encourage, support and inspire the next generation.

The ILP recognises that women currently have a lower professional profile despite making up approximately 50% of the lighting design profession.

To help change this, the ILP pledges that when organising lighting design talks, committees and activities, we will aim to create a 50/50 gender balance when inviting speakers and participants.

The ILP supports initiatives to encourage more women and girls to choose a career in lighting engineering, to help the overall engineering profession achieve an equal gender balance. The ILP commits to providing equal opportunities for everyone within the Institution's activities. 

New Partnerships!

Women in Lighting is proud to be supported by the Professional Lighting Design Convention, PLDC, as a partner. The Convention, organised by VIA-Verlag, was created for the global lighting design market. Designers, lighting architects, researchers, universities, industry and clients use PLDC as a platform to meet, learn about the latest developments in lighting design, and discuss the future of the lighting profession. PLDC stands for high quality knowledge transfer and international networking opportunities. 

The motto of the 8th PLDC, scheduled for 23. – 26. October, 2019 in Rotterdam/NL, will be “merging masterminds”. Women in Lighting will have a dedicated meeting place inside the exhibition space of PLDC 2019. 

Please visit for more information.

We are also partnering with ASBAI – the Brazilian Association of Lighting Architects which currently has a female president and an all female board! ASBAI is our first partnership with a lighting design association.

Lastly we are pleased to announce a new partnership with LIGHTSHOW in Australia. They intend to try and create a 50/50 gender balance within their conference program. LIGHTSHOW Australia is the premier conference and exhibition for everything new and next in lighting. It’s a gathering of all the people, ideas, and trending innovations shaping the lighting and design industry. Access the diverse education program featuring three stages packed with curated content across multiple tracks. Discover the latest trends, new products and transformative solutions for lighting design and connectivity. It’s your industry’s unmissable event – a comprehensive, convenient and overall cool experience that sparks innovative ideas. Call for speakers here.

Upcoming WIL panels & speakers

Clerkenwell Design Week: 
darc thoughts: Women in Design 

22 May 2019 | London, UK
Featuring WIL UK amabassador Greta Smetoniute, Lauren Lever, Katia Kolovea, Anna Kharchenkova and Faye Robinson.

3rd. Int. Trends in Lighting Forum & Show
24-26 September 2019 | Bregenz, Austria
Featuring WIL Interviewees Iris Dijikstra, Mahdis Aliasgari, Barbara Rodriguez, Isabel Villar and project ambassadors, Sabine De Schutter, Olga Tuzova and Diana Galic.

PLDC 2019
23–26 October 2019 |  Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Paper presentation by Sharon Stammers.

8 Mar 2019 //  International Women’s Day: #BalanceforBetter

The International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. This is completely in line with one of the outcomes we want to achieve with this project. As well as creating an inspiring digital platform for women working in lighting, we also want to create a better balance in the industry. If there are approximately 50% women working in lighting, we want to see this recognised in all conferences, juries, panels and committees everywhere.

We asked female designers everywhere to share an image of themselves working with light, and tag it with #iamawomanoflight.

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According to International Women’s Day, I am very glad to tell to all the people who are engaging in lighting business that the highest position of Japanese mythology is a Goddess called Amaterasu. She is the Goddess of Light and her power is falling all over the world. Please read Japanese mythology and recognise women’s power.

Motoko Ishii, Lighting Designer


Light is Life // arc June/July Issue 110 // 25 June 2019

24 with Women in Lighting - by Light Collective - Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton // Light Lounge podcast // 24 June 2019

Women in Lighting // LUCEweb // 14 June 2019

Il Mondo Nella Sua Meta Nascosta // Luce e Design n.3 // 2019

Daniella Wong, un nombre que se enciende // // 19 May 2019

Inside Out & Women in Lighting Meet & Greet // darc 31  // 7 May 2019

Blazing the Trail // arc April/May Issue 109  // 7 May 2019

Женщины в свете // // 29 April 2019

Women in Lighting (Aydınlatma sektöründe Kadınlar) // PLD Türkiye // 9 March 2019

LuxLive supports Women in Lighting // Lux Magazine // 8 March 2019

Paulina Villalobos representará a Chile en el lanzamiento de Woman in Lighting en Londres // Asociación Gremial de Empresas de Diseño de Chile // 7 March 2019

Dear  Women in Lighting // arc February/March Issue 108  // 5 March 2019

Londra. Light Collective annuncia il progetto “Women in Lighting” // Luce e design // 5 March 2019


Women in Lighting by John Bullock // The Light Review // 4 March 2019

L’8 Marzo Si Celebra Women In Lighting by Giacomo Rossi // Luxemozione // 4 March 2019

WOMAN IN LIGHTING le professioniste della luce by Giorgia Brusemini // Ogni casa è illuminata // 4 March 2019

Dear Women In Lighting… // darc magazine // 20 Feb 2019

Light Collective Launch Celebratory Project Women In Lighting // Trends in Lighting, TiL // 18 Feb 2019

Women in Lighting, la plataforma digital para las mujeres de la iluminación by Esther Torelló // Lightecture // 13 Feb 2019