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Adaptive Reuse Church Project in Kentucky Makes LED Leap

Adaptive Reuse Church Project in Kentucky Makes LED Leap

Lighting designer says choice of product lit on color temperature and smooth dimming

In 2010, Southland Christian Church in Lexington Kentucky, purchased an abandoned mall in Lexington to serve as its third campus, which would feature classrooms, open space for public gathering and a 2,800-seat auditorium for worship. Southland needed a house lighting system that could be both pendant-mount and recessed, and illuminate an area with a wide range of ceiling heights from 12-feet to 40-feet.

The project was profiled in Worship Facilities Designer magazine's Summer 2013 issue (http://www.wf-designer.com/innovators/239-night-light-adaptive-reuse-project). The church installed more than 160 Incito LED recessed downlight and cylinder luminaires from Gotham, a division of Atlanta-based Acuity Brands Inc, to meet theatrical house lighting needs while delivering cost savings over Southland's traditional tungsten-based house lighting systems.

"Theatrical or performance-space lighting designers like me want full dimming," says Matt Cooper, lighting designer for Southland Christian Church. "And I want [dimming] to be smooth. And when I say smoothI want it to act like tungsten [lighting]. The fact that Incito LED downlights provided dimming from 100% down to less than 1%, and the fact that [the dimming] was a smooth curve was advantage No. 1." The second advantage, according to Cooper, was the 2,700K color temperature of the Incito downlights, which mimics the warm feel of tungsten lighting.

Incito LED downlights are fully Remote Device Management- (RDM-) compatible, enabling individual control of each fixture. The downlights are also Digital MultipleX- (DMX-) compatible and integrate with the church's theatrical lighting controls.

Incito LED luminaires "allowed us to reduce down to basically just 20-amp relays," Cooper adds. This eliminates the need for large 96-channel theatrical dimming racks that Southland's other locations use. His estimate of the costs savings for hardware and labor attributed to the lighting installation is $50,000-$60,000.

In addition to Incito LED luminaires, Southland installed a variety of lighting and control solutions from the Acuity Brands portfolio, including Avante surface-mount luminaires, DOM LED downlighting, and RT5 volumetric fixtures from Lithonia Lighting. Sensor Switch occupancy sensors were also installed throughout the facility to reduce energy usage in unoccupied spaces.

For more information about Incito LED downlight, visit gothamlighting.com

Visit www.acuitybrands.com for information about Acuity Brands lighting and control solutions.

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