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Elation lights up Bayside Church’s Christmas village

Elation lights up Bayside Church’s Christmas village

Elation lights up Bayside Church’s Christmas village


After a tough year due to the ongoing pandemic, Bayside Church in Granite Bay, California, wanted to do something special for its congregation. As a special holiday gift to the community, Bayside built a Christmas village complete with ice-skating rink, towering Christmas tree and special Christmas light show, a festive experience enhanced using dynamic IP-rated luminaires from Elation Professional. Alec Takahashi, a former lighting designer and lighting director at the church, was called on to light the project and worked on creative production with the church's creative team, including Bayside creative director, Corbin Phillips. Felix Lighting of Southern California supplied all of the lighting gear for the project.

The Christmas experience, which included a 10-minute light show, opened on 25 November and ran through 3 January. Takahashi said one of the main challenges was getting the vision the church had for the project to fit within a tight budget. “Their ambition for the show visually was massive so trying to match that with a limited amount of fixtures and still have that wow factor was quite a challenge,” he explained. “When initially thinking about what fixtures I wanted to use, the Proteus line was the first that came to mind. Although I had not personally used the line yet, I knew its reputation as high-quality, IP-rated fixtures was phenomenal. We ended up using 48 of them on the project.”

The LED-based Proteus Maximus fixtures served a variety of purposes, from textures onto the church building to generic washes for the Christmas village, to punchy beams into the night sky. Positioned on rooftops and other structures, some from behind the village to give the look depth, others worked from lighting towers 45m away. Takahashi commented: “For the main look of the show, we had building rooftop fixtures zoomed at their tightest and shooting beams into the sky. There was often some low fog or the surrounding houses were burning fires so it added a texture of smoke to the air, which was a great look. People drove to the church wondering what was going on and then stayed for the festivities.”

Also used to create atmosphere by colouring the building, structures and ice rink in holiday colours were 93 Elation Fuze PAR Z120 IP LED PAR lights, along with 55 SixBar 1000 IP LED battens. “We didn’t want to use their existing parking lot lighting or building lighting but wanted the atmosphere to be something different, so we lit the whole area including the walking and general use areas in colourful, warm lighting. It made for a great feel. The end result was very pleasing to the church and all the feedback that came from the community was also very positive.”

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