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Gothic Architecture Comes Out of the Dark Ages in Florida Church

Gothic Architecture Comes Out of the Dark Ages in Florida Church

Difficulty in replacing old fixture's bulbs left treasured features darkened for 30 years

One of the oldest churches in Northern Florida, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, is highlighting some very old features with new LED lighting.

Completed in 1910, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is built in a late Gothic revival architecture style, featuring a cruciform floor plan, pointed arches, tracery on the windows, buttresses and pinnacles, high spires, and an interior high vault. With the addition of LED fixture, these traditional features are enhanced for a beautiful mixture of old and new.

Trinity Audio Video Lighting of Orange Park, Fla., specified and installed the gear. "The church wanted to change the altar and stage lighting to LED," says Ronnie Polowy of Trinity AVL. "Some of the [old] lights were placed in very difficult places to reach and bulbs hadn't been changed since the last time they painted, some 30 years ago."

A selection of Chauvet Professional Ovation E-190WW ellipsoidal-style fixtures, Colorado 1 VW Tour and Colorado 1-Tri Tour PAR wash lights comprise the church's permanent inventory, used for services and special events.

Two CHAUVET Professional Ovation E-190WW fixtures light the center copula, which is about 50 feet above the center altar. "The copula features a beautiful gold leaf pattern, enhanced now by the Ovation E-190WWmy favorite fixture of the church's gear," Polowy says. "The copula had not been lit up in more than 30 years because of the difficulty in getting to the old flood lamps. We mounted the Ovation E-190WW fixtures on the left and right pillars. They do a wonderful job lighting the copula from 40 feet away. We looked at different options and had some problems with the programming, but once we decided to go with Ovation E-190WW ellipsoidal fixture it went in without a single problem. I was very pleased."

Two Chauvet Professional Colorado 1 VW Tour wash lights illuminate the front of the altar with cool or warm white light, while six Colorado 1-Tri Tour light the copula and the altar. Two Colorado 1-Tri Tour uplighting the copula on the right and left side, and four more light the altar: one on each side and two in the center. Ten Chauvet DJ Colorband Pix linear lights wash the wall behind the center altar.

To program the lights, Trinity AVL created eight pre-sets with a Chauvet DJ Obey 70 controller. The church mainly uses the bright warm white fixtures for services, and the color pre-sets for weddings and special occasions.

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