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First Pentecostal Church

By March 1, 2010LED, news

First Pentecostal Church – Little Rock, AR
Situated in the heart of North Little Rock, Arkansas proudly stands the First Pentecostal Church. Assistant Pastor Nathan Holmes decided it was time to update the churchs surrounding to enhance the worship experience of its members. In order to accomplish this goal, he hired Lighting Designer Gary Howard of SFH Productions to integrate a LED lighting system that would allow the church staff the ability to create new looks to coordinate with a special theme or season. The main areas of renovation were the Sanctuary and the Great Hall.The Great Hall is where the church holds all special events such as banquets, receptions, themed youth activities, etc. Holmes said, We wanted the flexibility and versatility that LED lighting affords to create special looks for these various events.Howard replaced the white can recessed lighting with 26 retrofitted N-E Color Cannons from Mega-Lite to colorize the entire floor. He then installed 71 Mega-Lite Ecotubes on the balcony surrounding the Great Hall, giving it a solid wash of color and utilizing preset effects such as alternating, static or dynamic runs; color rolls and scrolls. Howard exclaimed, The effect is pretty spectacular.In determining which lighting fixture to go with for the stage, movable capability and long throw were important features. Howard relied on four Mega-Lite Axis LEDs with the 10 degree lens kit. In the first event held in the Great Hall since the renovation (a wedding reception), the Axis LEDs were used to put a spot on the wedding cake over 60 ft away. Those things can throw a mile, Gary boasted.
In the Sanctuary, the focus was on the stage where the sermon takes place. Our desire and vision was to highlight the architecture of the building and create a more worshipful environment.Holmes went on to say, Obviously, God loves color. He created the rainbow, the parrot, the peacock and on and on… Our feelings were, ‘Why not bring vibrant colors into our place of worship?'” Howard backlit the alcove using Irradiant Sunwash fixtures located behind the center architectural pillars on the stage. Mega-Lite N-E color Strips were used to accent the outer pillars and pipe organ. Pairs of Mega-Lite N-E Color Cannons were used to accent the main pillars.
For lighting control, Howard chose Mega-Lite’s stage lighting control software Enlighten. Two universes were reserved for the Great Hall and Sanctuary and one for portable use. In response to how Enlighten differs from other console based lighting controllers, Howard said, “We were able to get people who had never done lighting control going within 10 to 15 minutes. The complications of the cabling to the various locations necessitated DMX distribution capability. The ability to take a homerun signal from Enlighten and route it to 4 different locations was achieved by the use of the DMX splitters.
The overall result was nothing short of awe-inspiring. Holmes said, Not only are we pleased with the lighting designs in both buildings, but we are thankful that there was a choice in lighting which is both energy efficient and cost effective.

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