With any heritage project, particularly churches, it is an essential priority to preserve the architecture within the building and in turn highlight the detailed features, as well as provide a practical level of light for the congregation.
Our brief was to highlight the architectural details of the church, such as the interesting roof trusses and bosses, the bell tower and the cross over the rood screen. There was also a requirement for practical lighting over the choir stalls and altar which had previously been described as dark and dull. Finally, we also included emergency lighting as part of the scheme.
As part of our lighting design, we carried out a site survey and created a Dialux Lighting Planning model of the space. This helped us to confirm that we would achieve suitable light levels in all areas, in particular the choir stalls. We also completed demonstrations at the Church of particular light fittings which were presented to the Church committee for their approval.
The Church committee wanted us to create a number of different lighting scenes for the Church as the space has a variety of uses at different times of day. Therefore, we designed and installed Rako lighting keypads which gives instant access to the recalled scenes.
Our palette of luminaires consisted of a mix of Deltalight ‘Boxy’ pendants and Erco track with ‘Optec’ spotlights were specified to provide an even coverage of light over the pews and aisles. In addition, we used Fagerhult ‘Neo’ adjustable profile spotlights to highlight the cross over the rood screen. The roof trusses were up-lit using an EcoLed 3000k LED strip in the Main Nave and Aisles. We went for a different approach in the Chancel due to the ceiling design, so we used the Erco track and ‘Optec’ spotlights to up-light each panel to differentiate between the Chancel and the the Main Nave.
The church congregation are overwhelmed with the end result and ease of use of the new lighting scheme. They are so happy with the outcome that they held a dedication service on Tuesday 25thSeptember 2018.
Richard Foot from Plympton St Maurice church said “I trust you will allow the team at Pyramid a brief period of rejoicing at a job very well done at St Maurice”
16th October 2018
Case Study, Churches, Design Consultancy, Lighting