Lighting – Church Interiors 2 - Contemporary - Electrical Notebook

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Lighting – Church Interiors 2 - Contemporary

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Lighting – Church Interiors 2 - Contemporary

Interior lighting serves to light the habitat, to enhance the interior design of the architecture, to provide a level of comfort for worship and the display of audio visual material and of course, to provide enough light to read from the hymn books. Key features such as the Cross, the pulpit, the lectern and banners require light for the functionality of the buildings.  A general ambient light is required for the congregation that may be dimmed or selectively switched off in between services.  Feature lighting may be incorporated to pick out the architectural columns, beams, windows or works of art.

There are several showcase examples provided here:
Interior lighting serves to light the habitat, to enhance the interior design of the architecture, to provide a level of comfort for worship and the display of audio visual material and of course, to provide enough light to read from the hymn books. Key features such as the Cross, the pulpit, the lectern and banners require light for the functionality of the buildings.  A general ambient light is required for the congregation that may be dimmed or selectively switched off in between services.  Feature lighting may be incorporated to pick out the architectural columns, beams, windows or works of art.
The interior of a small sized Church with some traditional features using natural materials – but minimalistic, which could lend itself to a traditional or modern style.  The example here proposed the conversion to a modern blend, using modern LED pendant general lighting with LED spotlights to bring out the features of the ceiling and sanctuary.  LED strip or fluorescent battens may be used to highlight the window arches.  With the availability of slim line LED strip, this would be the preferred option to level visual impact of the fitting.
The interior office chapel. Which may indeed be part of a modern office block serving the Christian community.  The room space lit using recessed LED downlights, recessed far enough to give very low glare soft lighting.  The altar being highlighted with LED spotlights, also providing additional light to the leader. There is no particular need for feature lighting except perhaps for a rotatable downlight focusing on the Cross.
In contrast, subtle colours will also benefit an otherwise straight forward Chapel with plain walls. Light spill can create patterns and effects on the walls in place of stained windows and coves.  Pendant downlights breaking up the ceiling boards and throwing some light upward. Again, in contrast, a simpler space is probably the best place to listen to the gentle voice of God.
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