The Lighting Center is proud to present the LED church lighting solution that is backed with a warranty period of 5+ years. Apart from lighting up hallways, parking lots, etc., it also significantly minimizes energy usage by 75%. With our LED church lighting solutions, many churches were able to upgrade their exterior lighting system. We work towards providing a safer and brighter environment for your congregation, all while reducing your maintenance and energy costs.
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During the 1800s, churches were fitted with state-of-the-art lamps that ran on kerosene; additionally, oil was housed in brass fonts and tall chimneys. The light was diffused with minimum glare by the beautifully-etched glass shades. Spring systems were used to raise or lower the lamps for refueling purposes and cleaning.
As technology kept evolving, electric lighting systems started being used. While some churches tried to maintain the original glass fixtures, they were modified for electrical uses. Even today, some of these old hooks are still being used for kerosene lamps.
However, with the evolution of technology also came in the rising cost of using energy. US-based churches started facing lighting problems – in fact, they started questioning whether the classic antiques should be replaced for higher-quality and energy-efficient lighting systems.
Soon, church lighting started looking for upgrades, especially after it started to become a multi-faceted issue. However, the solution to this problem needed to go beyond ordinary building lighting requirements.
Challenges of Church Lighting
Installing a lighting system in a church has its own shares of architectural problems. Some of them include installing lights in large open rooms with high ceilings. Often, the lighting in churches need to be artistic – the height of the lights, its distribution, the shape of the fixture, and the bulb shape. Almost all of these parameters will have an impact on the amount of light; this is one of the reasons why most churches have low-lighting.
Another problem with church lighting is that the buildings are quite old by today’s standards. Almost all churches today were built before the era of electricity. It cannot be said for sure that the electrical wirings, even if they exist, are capable of meeting the increased wattage, let alone powering the lights.
Churches and sanctuaries need to be installed with lighting systems that will captivate the visitors and change the entire ambiance of the space. Apart from the obvious lighting purposes, these lights should be able to set the mood and atmosphere. Apart from dimension, depth is needed as well for creating feelings of comfort and confidence.
The solutions are as follows:
- A brand-new lighting system that will brighten up the sanctuary.
- The lighting system needs to match and compliment the overall décor of the church.
- The lighting needs to use energy efficiently and should be easy to maintain.
Factors to Consider When Picking Church Lighting
The tasks need to be illuminated
There is no question that the task area needs to have proper lighting. In the case of worship places, it is not so different. When installing lighting systems, the task areas need to be the main criteria. Proper lighting levels will allow you to get done with your tasks efficiently and safely. Additionally, it should also minimize strain on the eyes, thereby allowing longer hours of work more comfortably.
Measured in foot candles (FC) or lux, the illuminance can be described as the amount of light that falls in a specified area. One FC is measured as the amount of light that falls on a 1-square-foot surface when light shines on it a foot away. Overall, 1 FC equals 10.8 lux.
According to building standards, illuminance is used to ensure that specific environments have minimum light levels. Thanks to such regulations, workspaces have the right amount of light – neither too low nor too dark.
On a clear day, the illuminance of the sun is about 10,000 lux. For indoor areas seated next to a source of natural light (like a window), the illuminance is approximately 1,000 lux. For lower lighting levels, you can find them in the middle sections of large buildings. These areas require the use of additional artificial lighting.
For church buildings, the recommended FC of light is 20-30 feet, which allows ease of reading. Additionally, the lighting fixtures need to be placed in such a way that it distributes bright lights and cuts down shadows.
Plane of Task
The lighting system that is installed in any place of worship, like a temple, mosque, or church, needs to provide adequate lighting on a horizontal and vertical plane. As the name suggests, horizontal lighting is the amount of light reflected on horizontal surfaces, like the pews. Similarly, vertical lighting refers to the light falling on surfaces that are vertical, like the walls of the church.
Horizontal and vertical lighting are also measured in lux or FC (Foot Candles). If you manage to install the lighting properly, it will prevent the formation of shadows. When it comes to churches, it is quite common to have horizontal and vertical lighting. However, the amount of luminescence tends to be quite low on the vertical plane, which is mostly due to a low number or narrow distribution of luminaires.
For buildings with high ceilings, the lighting requirement can get sensitive. The illumination levels need to match the requirement levels for horizontal surfaces. As for the vertical planes, the lighting can be reduced and non-uniform.
To solve this unique problem, you can make use of luminaires that distribute broad light. However, it should also be remembered that the spacing of the light fixtures may need to be reduced. When it comes to using traditional lighting, reflectors are mostly used to mitigate light imbalances. As for LED lights for churches, the light is unidirectional; this means that the light rays travel in a single direction. Conventional lighting disperses light in all directions, which causes a lot of wastage.
With the help of LED for churches, the light will be directed towards a single direction (the task area). However, most of the light dispersed by conventional lightings can hardly reach the task area. This is the reason why reflectors are often used. However, this is still a crude method of redirecting light. Apart from not performing optimally, you may have to couple them with bulbs requiring higher wattage, which increases unwanted usage of energy.
When a light source has uncontrollable brightness, glare can be quite sensitive to the eyes; in higher quantities, they can be quite disabling and uncomfortable.
How do you minimize glare?
You can use light diffusers to minimize glare from LED lighting systems that are intense. There are several features that are available, like covering the lens of the light fixture, for getting a softer beam of light without the corresponding glare. Luminaires can also be used since some of the light can get discharged upwards so it can get diffused. However, it is quite common and recommended to relocate the light source so that glare is reduced and proper light output is maintained.
The colors of the lights in any room will dictate how people feel; when using the right colors, you will feel calm and relaxed. For white light, the color temperature indicates the tint. However, there are several shades of white when it comes to light.
For instance, warm white has a yellowish-tint while cool white can appear a bit bluish. For daylight white, the color lies between the aforementioned types of whites while the whitest light is comparable to the midday light of the sun.
Correlated color temperature or CCT is the measure that indicates the tints of the light. Of course, light cannot be measured in temperature. However, this measure compares the color of the light to the colors of metallic things. For example, the color of iron when it heats up.
To invoke the feelings of comfort and coziness, it is recommended that you use warm light colors. For home environments and hospitality business, this color is quite common. For industrial settings, the cool blue color is quite commonly-seen, with the highlight bay having color temperatures anywhere between 4500K and 5000K. Color temperatures above 6500K are often used for specialty display, like a jewelry store.
It is much more preferable to install warm lighting in churches. While there is no harm in installing fluorescent lighting, the cold blue color will only invoke gloomy feelings.
If the church is located in cold regions, the warm lighting will provide you with additional benefits. These churches might be more difficult to heat in the cold winter seasons. However, when they are illuminated with warm light, they tend to look much more cordial to the visitors. With the help of lights with different temperatures, you will also be able to specify different areas within the church.
If you are looking for a high degree of finesse when it comes to light output, solid-state LED lights are recommended. Apart from offering a perfect CRI (color rendering index), the temperature of the colors can be changed as well. For the best results, use mixable LED modules and a range of sophisticated software for a tunable lighting system in the church.