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Front Worship Area LightingThe selection of a specific lighting instrument for a given task can be made from a wide field of choices. If you are purchasing equipment tried to get a sample piece of that equipment to see if it will do what you want unless you're familiar with the specific unit one of the most common fixtures used today is that Fresnel type spotlight which was named for the Frenchman who design the lens. The Fresnel is available in several sizes from 3 inch to 16 inch lens diameter, the most common being six-inch and 8 inch. The six-inch units are generally lamped with a 500W lamp although 250,400 and 750Watt are available. The units allow the lighting designer to change the diameter of the area covered. This is done by moving the burner assembly which is a combination lamp socket and lamp reflector moves close to the lens to widen or flood the area to be illuminated. This type of lamp is useful for ceilings that are 8 to 10 feet high and project the light 8 to 10 feet.
The second common unit used in front worship area lighting is the ellipsoidal spotlight. This fixture is commonly used for areas which must be strictly defined. The ellipsoidal is also referred to as a Leko which is a patented title owned by Century lighting. These devices are normally lamped with 500 W or 1000 W lamps. The location of the fixture would be at ceiling level of 15 to 25 feet and approximate 40 or 50 feet from the subject illuminated. These devices consist of framing shutters which allow a number of straight sided shapes to frame the light source into different shapes from circles to rectangles. This allows the lamp light to be shaped exactly to the contour of the stage area in addition the lamp may be focused to provide hard edges or soft edges of light.
A third type of front area worship area lighting our floodlights provide a minimally controlled or a soft edged flood of light. These are used to provide a general worship light from above and will illuminate the subjects head and shoulders. This type of light is commonly found in what is referred to as strip lighting. This type of lighting is one of the most least expensive lighting and is suitable for worship areas that have low ceilings and smaller space.
All of these lighting systems should have some type of dimming system which will provide lighting balance and different lighting looks depending on the program presented.