• Q1 Who is organising LIGHTS OUT?

    LIGHTS OUT is part of 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, which is a major cultural programme taking place this summer across the United Kingdom to mark the centenary of the First World War.

  • Q2 What does the single light represent?

    The single light can represent many things. For some it may represent hope. For some it may represent strength in community or in family. For some it may represent the role of the working woman. The idea behind LIGHTS OUT is for every member of every community to have their own personal thoughts about what the outbreak of WW1 means to them.

  • Q3 Is LIGHTS OUT about remembrance?

    No. Although RBL gatherings will naturally remember the fallen, LIGHTS OUT encourages reflection of any kind and should encompass any personal thoughts about what WW1 means to the individual today.

  • Q4 How does the Royal British Legion play a part in LIGHTS OUT?

    14-18 NOW is working very closely with the RBL on the LIGHTS OUT campaign. Whilst 14-18 NOW has been gathering the support of local authorities, buildings, businesses and organisations across the UK, RBL community leaders have been organising candlelit gatherings at local war memorials and other places for members of their communities to join together from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August 2014.

  • Q5 What is Westminster Abbey doing that night?

    The Abbey will hold a Vigil from 10pm to 11pm which will be broadcast by BBC TWO. The congregation will extinguish candles across the hour before the final, symbolic flame is put out at 11pm.

  • Q6 Would leaving on a candle or an electric light be better?

    This is the choice of the participant but safety is paramount. No naked flames should ever be left unattended.

  • Q7 How can people participate from home?

    As well as turning their lights off and leaving one single light on, people at home can join with the rest of the UK in this shared moment of reflection by watching what’s happening in the rest of the UK on the BBC, or via Twitter and Instagram. You can also download the LIGHTS OUT App or watch the LIGHTS OUT film online.

  • Q8 How does the whole of the family participate?

    LIGHTS OUT can be experienced by anyone at any time and anywhere. There are no rules. The act of turning your lights out and leaving one single light on is simply about stopping to think and to reflect on what the outbreak of World War One means to you. Young children may have LIGHTS OUT moments before they go to bed and the elderly may light a candle at lunch or at tea time for their personal moment of reflection.

  • Q9 What if a building can’t turn its lights out?

    There are many buildings that cannot and should not turn their lights out on 4 August. The single lights are as important as the darkened canvases behind them. Some hospitals will leave a prominent light on next to a statue, plaque or memorial. Some hotels will light a candle in the lobby for their guests’ moment of reflection.

  • Q10 Will streetlights be turned off?

    No streetlights should be turned off. Public safety is paramount and all participants or organisers of public events must be sensible and safe.

  • Q11 Should I be silent for whole hour?

    No – you decide how you participate – your moment of reflection will be personal to you.

  • Q12 What if 10-11pm is too late for me?

    We appreciate that Mon 4 August will be ‘business-as-normal’ for most families and communities so some LIGHTS OUT moments will happen before 10pm, some will start after 10pm. There is no right or wrong.

  • Q13 Do single lights need to be turned off at 11pm?

    Single lights may be left on overnight or turned off at any time; it is completely at the discretion of the participant. They are an inspiration for the rest of the UK to stop for a moment and to reflect.

  • Q14 What time do lights go out?

    You are invited to turn your lights out from 10pm, one hour before the actual time the UK joined the First World War.