LEDs Magazine recently highlighted an interesting student project involving Shakespeare and LED lighting. Liverpool Hope University student Emma Armstrong took on the enormous task of attempting to recreate lighting conditions on a performing stage during Shakespeare’s era using modern lighting technology, that is, light-emitting diodes (LEDs).
Armstrong explains that “lighting” in Shakespeare’s day mainly consisted of tallow (pig fat) candles used in lanterns and chandeliers. Her objective, then, was to reproduce the range of color, light, and flame using only LEDs. A difficult and time-consuming task, to say the least.