Posted in projects on May 26, 2015 2:18 pm EDT

Artistic Architectural Accentuation With LED—on a Budget

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood, Calif., is tranformed with LED cove lighting and sophisticated control.

St. Charles Borromeo, North Hollywood, Calif. Images courtesy of Bridget Williams.


 

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By Church Designer Staff

Project Location: North Hollywood, CA

Project Title: St. Charles Borromeo parish

Lighting By Bridget Williams (visit link)

Lighting Specifics: Engineered Lighting Products (ELP) offered a variety of specification-grade, linear cove lighting fixtures, including the CL Series

Awards: Winning project of Eaton’s Cooper Lighting 38th Annual Source Awards Lighting Design Competition.

St. Charles Borromeo is an ethereal church gracing North Hollywood, Calif. Founded in 1920, the Roman Catholic church serves the North Hollywood community in Southern California. For this Spanish, colonial-style church, lighting design consultant Bidget Williams reports that she sought to "further define the architecture, incorporate new technology, and artistically accentuate the renovations with a small budget."

To enhance the dome, LED spots were mounted at 47 feet high, requiring exceptional beam control to highlight the altar more than 60 feet below.

Working alongside new renovations and accommodating a shrinking budget proved a worthy challenge. However, the final product reportedly provides multiple layers of illumination, quality LED fixtures, sophisticated controls, definition to the architecture, and preservation of the ethereal spirit throughout the building.

Interior tranquility and technical tools

It was essential to the client that the interiors would ultimately reflect comfortable, incandescent coloring. Wheat-colored filters were fitted to accent lights meant to illuminate murals on the walls. According to Williams, this succeeds in creating a warm glow throughout the sanctuary. "The new lighting induces tranquility for visitors, gives depth, and directs the viewer to the stage, art and meaningful architecture," she shares.

The final product reportedly provides multiple layers of illumination, quality LED fixtures, sophisticated controls, definition to the architecture, and preservation of the ethereal spirit throughout the building.

RGB-LED color lighting was installed in the Baldachin to enhance liturgical celebrations and create an artistic and playful addition for concerts. To enhance the dome, LED spots were mounted at 47 feet high -- requiring exceptional beam control to highlight the altar more than 60 feet below.

Wheat-colored filters were fitted to accent lights meant to illuminate murals on the walls -- creating a warm glow throughout the sanctuary.

As a result, the new lighting is only .76 watts of power per square foot, exceeding energy codes. When including the new controls, the energy performance is reported to be even better. Involved members and parishioners consider the lighting design to be one of the finest additions to the sanctuary, according to Williams, closing, "It magnificently captures the interiors while honoring the spiritual integrity of the space."

More on ELP

ELP offers 4 families of cove lights to accommodate a multitude of coves with over 13 styles and 30 LED and fluorescent lamping options to customize each design. Each family was designed for separate distinctive cove applications and requirements. Designed to optimize lighting in the space, ELP’s cove lights are not meant to simply accent an architectural detail. The highly efficient cove lights all provide a strong asymmetric throw of light into the space to provide usable lighting to the room below.

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