All Pro Sound future-proofs the Christian Life Center
WORLD: Originally known as The Little White Church, decades of managing an expanding congregation has led to the US-establishment now occupying a 2,000-seat sanctuary in Ijamsvillie, Maryland. The transition has encompassed all aspects of the organisation, including the name, which was changed to Christian Life Centre in reflection of its new mission. The church wanted its new home to function as a ‘virtual showcase of contemporary worship technologies’ and therefore enlisted All Pro Sound (APS) from Pensacola, Florida, to equip the venue with theatrical and house lightings systems.
‘The goal for this project was to provide the very best – to not only meet the client’s current needs, but to incorporate future proofing initiatives with respect to the sound, video and lighting elements,’ explained John Fuqua, vice president of APS.
APS utilised several fixtures for the theatrical package, which included ElektraLite’s 3,400K Dazer WW (Warm White), Dazer RGB and 1018-AI 12-watt RGBAWI LED fixtures, along with ellipsoidal fixtures from Electronic Theatre Controls. An additional selection of 64 Dazer WW fixtures were used to provide house lighting.
‘We chose ElektraLite,’ continued Mr Fuqua, ‘as we have had good experience with their fixtures and they stand behind their products. Also, the ElektraLite Dazer WW has great output for the cost and smooth operation in house light dimming configurations.’
With such a large complement of fixtures installed, ensuring a visually appealing and unobtrusive appearance became an increasingly difficult task. In the end, the team worked alongside an electrical contractor to increase connectivity options and keep cable installations away from view.
The stage at Christian Life Center is spread over two levels and also required special considerations. ‘We used two different dispersion lenses for the house lighting: a 25-degree and 40-degree where the levels changed,’ explained Mr Fuqua. ‘This is another unique feature of the Dazer – four lens options included with each light.’
The fixtures are controlled via DMX512 and have Doug Fleenor remote stations for day-to-day operation. An LSC Clarity VX10 serves as the main controller with Applied Electronics truss mount dimmers for the ellipsoidal fixtures, and two 1x5 DMX Opto-isolators for signal distribution.
Perhaps the biggest benefit of the LED lighting system for the church is the increased electrical efficiency, and as a result, a reduction in future running costs. The original design called for a 96-channel conventional dimming rack that required a 600A, three-phase service just for the lighting. The LED system installed only requires eight 20A circuits for the entire system, providing the church with significant ongoing savings.