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Relighting Richfield Church of the Nazarene

Relighting Richfield Church of the Nazarene

Relighting Richfield Church of the Nazarene


Richfield Church of the Nazarene hosts both traditional and contemporary services for worshippers in Otisville, Michigan. The church recently turned to Mercury Sound and Lighting to install new house and theatrical lighting rigs, which feature Chalice LED downlights from Altman Lighting.

‘This was actually our first time working with the church and they wanted us to take a look at their theatrical and house lighting equipment which was reaching the end of its lifecycle,’ said Japheth Boivin, AV solutions facilitator at Mercury Sound and Lighting. ‘The existing house lights were custom fixtures made specifically for the space when it was initially constructed, and they were becoming costly and difficult to maintain. To alleviate these challenges, they wanted an LED retrofit of their house lighting design, so we installed a package of Chalice LED downlights.

‘With a ceiling height of about 14m at some points, and no crawl space in a sanctuary that was built from the top down, running new lines to new locations was not an option. This was another one of the reasons we opted to go with the mains-dimmable Chalice fixtures, so that we could utilise the existing power lines and still have all of the benefits of an LED house lighting system. The install was a 1-to-1 replacement of the old system giving them a significant reduction in energy costs as one Chalice only pulls about 145W, compared to 1000-1500W each for the older fixtures.’

Mercury Sound and Lighting then turned its attention to the control of the LED luminaires. Having replaced an antiquated dimming system as well, the team implemented an easy-to-operate solution.

‘For the control, we created various lighting zones for the different architectural looks the church wanted to see which are easily controlled via a DMX wall plate,’ explained Boivin. ‘From there, control is also run back to the new theatrical lighting console so that when the FOH technician is active, control is taken away from the wall plate. This way there is no tug-of-war between the two control points, and they can easily integrate the house lighting into their theatrical worship designs.’

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