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on October 16, 2014 10:36 am EDT
Case Study: Engaging Energy Through LED Movement and Color
River of Life Church in the "City of Energy" creates a colorful, upbeat design full of possibility with help from Chauvet and Excel AV Group.
River of Life Church in Elk River, Minn. Photos courtesy of Chauvet.
Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Elk Rivers, the community of Elk River, Minn., has been called the “City of Energy,” a reference to its long history of harnessing the power of its two mighty waterways. This tradition makes Elk River a fitting home for River of Life Church, a house of worship that radiates positive energy as evidenced by its many outreach programs and dynamic worship services.
"This is an active church with a lot of enthusiasm; they wanted a light system for their services that reflected this attitude ... they didn’t necessarily need a full rock concert, but movement and color to convey a dynamic and upbeat message."
—Caleb Dick, Systems Designer, Excel AV Group
The environment inside the roughly 6,000-square-foot house of worship matches the vibrant character of its services, thanks in no small measure to a high impact lighting design created by Excel AV Group (Maple Grove, Minn.) that uses the Rogue R2 Spot moving head and COLORdash Par-Quad 18 LED par-style fixture from Chauvet Professional to engage worshippers. This was the second phase of a long range project; an earlier phase also utilized Chauvet Professional variable white LED fixtures for dimmable congregation illumination.
“This is an active church with a lot of enthusiasm; they wanted a light system for their services that reflected this attitude,” says Caleb Dick, systems designer for Excel AV Group. “They didn’t necessarily need a full rock concert, but movement and color to convey a dynamic and upbeat message.”
Excel AV Group delivered this movement, color, and energy by replacing the church’s old incandescent par can lights and dimmers with 4 Rogue R2 Spots and 10 COLORdash Par-Quad 18 fixtures. The goals were to provide more even illumination, color wash, and energy, while providing maximum value per dollar. The church also needed extreme flexibility, meaning they can put any light fixture anywhere over the congregation or stage, to highlight each sermon series. With the four R2 spots, they can put color and gobos on any surface in the room or on stage.
Hung from ceiling pipe in the River of Life’s warehouse-style auditorium, the four Rogue R2 Spots are positioned in an overhead area that’s roughly equidistant from the front and rear of the short distance in a 94-foot by 60-foot room (not counting the stage). “The position of the Rogues relative to the front and back of the room and from one another gives us good vertical and horizontal angles to the stage,” says Dick. “We can use the Rogues to cover any of the four walls of the room, the stage, as well as the entire congregation.”
While the Rogue fixtures are typically used as fixed position spotlights with color, dimming, and position, at other services they serve as traditional movers with gobos and movement. River of Life uses gobos from the Rogue R2 Spot as breakup patterns on floors and walls. In the future, the church is planning to use custom gobos with its logo and sermon series. The COLORdash Par-Quad 18 fixtures are powered by 18 7-watt Quad-Color LEDs and work well with the low (23-foot) ceiling, thanks to their bright output and 18° beam angle. The presence of amber LEDs allows the fixtures to create the rich vibrant colors that the church was seeking.
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