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St. Luke Missionary Baptist fosters a warmer worship space with elektraLite

St. Luke Missionary Baptist fosters a warmer worship space with elektraLite

St. Luke Missionary Baptist fosters a warmer worship space with elektraLite


St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church has shown itself to be much more than simply a house of worship over its 87-year history. In that time, it has steadfastly combined worship with social-justice pursuits; for instance, it was the first black church in Dayton, Ohio to provide facilities for a civil rights meeting, as well as the first black church in the city to have its own radio broadcast.

To keep the focus on both its spiritual and social missions, and to continue its efforts to use the best technology available to reach beyond the church’s walls, St. Luke’s staff recently chose to install 12 elektraLite Stingray Profile Warm White spot fixtures in its 900-seat sanctuary, the centrepiece of a 26,000-sqft worship facility that also includes a 300-seat Fellowship Hall and 10 educational rooms. The move was meant to further improve the visual aesthetic of the space for the church’s online presence, which began as part of its Covid response, as well as to help make the interior brighter and more inviting for the 1,000-plus member congregation worshipping there.

Dayton-based integrator Eagle Eye Design installed the elektraLite fixtures, along with a 12-button preset controller that lets the church pick its lighting levels. The new Stingray Profile Warm Whites are the vanguard of a more extensive lighting and technology upgrade, said Eagle Eye owner Tom Sellars, who also installed three remote-robotic cameras as part of this first phase of the upgrade.

“We led with lighting because how the church looks online is very important to communicating its message through streaming, and we used elektraLite because, from a performance and a cost-effectiveness basis, they’re simply the best,” he said. “The Warm White’s single-COB, 300-watt LED gives us a rich, consistent warm white at a balanced 3,200K colour temperature. It’s a true theatrical white light with no hot spot, which is great for streaming. Plus, the church’s existing architectural lighting has the same type of colour and temperature, so it was a good match that let us keep the same feel in the sanctuary that they were used to and liked.” Sellars added that he’s deployed the Stingray fixture at other houses of worship and has had only positive experiences and comments from customers.

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