Have you ever had difficulty reading your hymnal or seeing the faces of those on the platform? Have you had difficulty hearing the pastor or the choir? Poor lighting and poor sound quality are two of the most frequent issues we see in the churches we visit. The typical lighting scenario, particularly in older buildings, is composed only of decorative lights that hang over the pew area. This type of light is 90% inefficient at delivering light to the work level (where you are standing or sitting). Sound systems are usually outdated and inefficient. New lighting and sound systems have become much more affordable than in the past, and we can demonstrate to you how updating either or both can dramatically affect your worship.
When it came to the lighting design for our church I was reluctant to become too sophisticated. I didn’t think we needed all that, or that it could be worth the trouble. But, when I saw the dramatic effects that could be achieved, I was convinced. It truly enhanced our worship experience.”
— William Hill, Committee Member United Presbyterian Church, Canonsburg PA
Illumination is applied basically by four types of sources. First, there is downlighting or functional light. This primarily directs lumens onto a surface for the purpose of creating visibility. The second type of light is the focal source. This is a unit which directs light at a more acute angle to create visual emphasis, such as on a pulpit or altar. The third type of light is architectural. Which is used to give emphasis to a particular architectural feature such as a cross, a stained glass window, or a steeple. Finally, there is the ambient light source whose purpose is to create an ambience or mood. More than anything else, these lights create a more "churchy" or ecclesiastical feeling. These are the types of lights than currently exist in most churches. Your lighting design and the function of the space shouldl determine how many of these sources are used in your church.
Programmable computerized dimming is also available. Generally, the worship space is divided into zones according to areas of focus allowing specific dimming or intensification of light on each aspect of worship within the space.
In addition to a lighting update, updating your sound system and perhaps relocating the control board could bring the worship experience to a whole new level.