Posted in practice on June 12, 2015 4:47 pm EDT

Shining at InfoComm 2015

Barbizon Lighting Co. to showcase the latest in LED lighting technologies for production and architectural applications -- plus a new line of spec-ready chain hoists.

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By Carol Badaracco Padgett

The international professional audiovisual community is about to converge on Orlando, Fla., June 17-19, 2015, for InfoComm. With more than 38,000 attendees, InfoComm at the Orange County Convention Center is billed as the largest, most comprehensive and best-attended professional audiovisual tradeshow in the United States.

So with AVL technologies—and their seamless integration—high on the list of priorities of modern, production-intensive churches, InfoComm attendance becomes as much a necessity as it is a blessing for designers of church spaces.

Church Designer Magazine spoke with Director of Marketing Tobin Neis of Barbizon Lighting Co. in New York to find out what the worship environment-focused company has in store for attendees.

First off, tell us what the company offers the house of worship market and those who spec its products.

Neis: Barbizon Lighting Co. specializes in sales and service of equipment for houses of worship, live productions, performing arts, themed environments, film and television. Our Systems Division specializes in entertainment systems integration, project management, technical services, and turnkey installation of lighting and rigging systems.

Of the products you're showing at InfoComm this year, which will most interest Church Designer readers?

Neis: [We’ll] be showing the latest in LED lighting technology, both for production and architectural applications. There’s a great new line of lamps and wireless control from Ketra [we'll] have in the booth and we will also be showing a new line of chain hoists specifically designed for the entertainment industry from Total Structures called Pointman.

Are any of these products or services especially within the needs and budgets of churches, and how so?

Neis: Barbizon specializes in finding the best solution/technology based on the budgets of our clients. In a lot of cases we start with solving basic needs and then helping [church designers and end-users] define a roadmap for upgrades [and] improvements going forward.

What does Barbizon offer in the way of control or dimming for architectural lighting, in particular, and do you have options that help integrate the theatrical and architectural lighting for church designers that are especially suited for the church end-user?

Neis: We work with several manufacturers that provide architectural lighting control and energy management. Honestly, it all depends on the venue and their particular needs. Some may just need to add, supplement, and refine what they have while others may need a whole new plan. The most important part is listening to the worship team(s) at the church to assess their needs and putting together a solution that will work best for their style of service.

Where do you see design for church lighting heading in the future (might be architectural, theatrical, or both)—and will it be the services or the products that are different or improved, or will it be both?

Neis: It seems to depend on the church. Some are looking for ways to better light the sanctuary as efficiently and tastefully as possible, while others are exploring much more contemporary lighting—integrating more color and texture.

It seems the trend is that houses of worship are being used more and more as a community gathering space. Different spaces within the church are being used for multiple purposes, which often requires very different lighting styles. We work with stakeholders to best find solutions so that these spaces can be best utilized. The other thing driving change is helping find energy efficiency. In many areas of the country, utility companies are offering incentives to offset equipment upgrades to help realize energy savings.

These programs are worth exploring just to see what’s available in your area. The Department of Energy and NC State University have a great website (visit link) that [can] help you find policies and incentives near you.





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