How often do I need to get my stage lights PAT tested in the UK?

In the vibrant world of performance venues, the spotlight isn't just on the performers but also on the equipment that makes performance possible. Among these crucial elements are stage lights. But, just like any other electrical equipment, stage lights require appropriate Inspection and Testing.

Historically, people may have used the term PAT testing but in fact, In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (ISITEE) is the more appropriate term and related IET Code of Practice to apply. So, how often should you get your ISITEE undertakings be carried out for stage lighting? Let's delve into the regulations and recommendations.

As a Duty Holder, you have a responsibility to provide a safe environment within your venue.

In the United Kingdom, the safety of electrical equipment in the workplace, including stage lights, is governed, among other regulations, by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974,the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 1998). These regulations place a legal duty on employers and venue operators to ensure that electrical equipment is safe to use and maintained in a safe condition.

ISITEE (formerly PAT testing): An important part of your safety management regime

Appropriate visual inspection and testing is a widely recognized method for verifying the safety of in-service electrical equipment, including stage lights & other production equipment. While there is no specific legal timescale  for in-service inspection and testing of your electrical equipment is considered good practice and is often a requirement of insurance policies and venue contracts for equipment to have a recent and in date inspection and test report.

How often should my stage lights be inspected & tested?

The frequency of ISITEE (formerly PAT Testing) for stage lights can vary depending on factors such as usage, environment, manufacturer recommendations and it’s for these reasons that the duty holder must determine what is appropriate for their specific context. Some things to consider as part of your decision making, it’s important to ensure that you are satisfying at least the following criteria:

  • Appropriate & regular Visual Inspections are conducted by trained and competent personnel to identify signs of damage or wear which could result in unsafe conditions.
  • Appropriate & regular Testing: For stage lights used frequently or in harsh/demanding environments, the frequency of in-service Inspection & Testing may need to be more than annually.


Why is compliance so important?

Ensuring compliance with regulations and best practices regarding stage light testing is crucial for several reasons:

  • Safety: Regular inspection and testing helps identify  potential electrical hazards, enabling you to take actions which can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
  • Legal Compliance: Adhering to regulations helps demonstrate your commitment to safety and can help protect against legal liabilities in the event of an incident.

How can I find ISITEE services (formerly PAT testing) near me?

The Stage Electrics Venue Services department are based all over the UK, to contact a member of the team please email

Wondering about the costs for ISITEE?

The cost of our in-service Inspection and Testing service can vary depending on several factors such as the number of appliances to be tested, the complexity of the equipment, position of the equipment within the venue . For a quote or to speak to a member of the team email us at


In the UK, the safety of stage lights is subject to regulatory requirements and approved codes of practice  aimed at reducing risk and demonstrating an appropriate safety management regime. Appropriately regular Inspection and Testing, carried out by suitably trained and competent persons, can assist venue operators, employers and duty holders in upholding safety, standards, reduce risk of  liabilities, and increase confidence for users. So, to answer the question, "How often do I need to get my stage lights tested?" - Regularly, for the safety and success of your productions.

Stage Electrics ISITEE services

We provide Inspection and Testing Services for both electrical and mechanical equipment, not just In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. You can find out more about the services we offer here.


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