Posted in projects on January 1, 2016 10:12 am EST

Suburban Denver Church Renovates Through Dynamic Lighting Upgrade

Local The MH Cos. specifies a lighting and controls package from Showline, Philips Selecon and Philips Strand Lighting, providing immersive atmosphere and flexibility.

Philips Entertainment fixtures color the scene at Denver-area Centennial Covenant Church. Images courtesy of Philips.











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By Church Designer Staff

Established in the 1980s, Centennial Covenant Church continued to grow in the South suburbs of Denver, and in 1997 staff found a permanent home in Littleton, Colo. Now 18 years later, the congregation found itself in need of a complete architectural and entertainment lighting renovation. Working with the local office of Cuningham Group Architecture, the architect turned to Colorado Springs, Colo.-based The MH Cos. to create the dynamic new lighting design that consists of 18 Showline SL PAR 150 ZOOM luminaires, seven Philips Selecon PLprofile1 LED luminaires, and a 250ML lighting control console from Philips Strand Lighting.

“ …the old lighting was anything but energy conscious, so we really had to do a full renovation, and Philips Entertainment had the [ideal] package of lighting and control.”

—Tom Seymour, Controls Engineering Manager, The MH Cos.

“We moved into this site a long time ago and with two services every Sunday and multiple events consistently taking place during the week, we needed a full lighting renovation,” reports David Dillon, music director for Centennial Covenant Church. “In the early stages of the design, the church was mainly looking at the architectural lighting, but we also needed to address the entertainment lighting, as well. We were looking for fixtures that could provide great color and clean gobo patterns, and the lighting and controls package from Philips Entertainment is working great.”

Centennial Covenant Church

“We had previously worked with the architect on the project, Timothy Kathka, and we knew he had a particular interest in energy-saving projects,” says Tom Seymour, controls engineering manager with The MH Cos. “With a house full of incandescent PAR cans and a layer of HIDs that were part of the original construction; the old lighting was anything but energy conscious, so we really had to do a full renovation and Philips Entertainment had the [ideal] package of lighting and control.”

Strategic lighting selection & placement

To give the church the complete design needed, Seymour placed all the SL PAR 150 ZOOM luminaires and four of the PLprofile1 luminaires in the main front-of-house position. He then placed two PLprofile1 luminaires on the stage, and one PLprofile1 further out in the house to be used as a spot for the center stage area.

Seymour continues, “When we started talking about the entertainment lighting, I brought down two LED fixtures, the Showline SL PAR 150 ZOOM and a Philips Selecon PLprofile1 luminaire, for a demonstration to the renovation committee. Since they were already familiar with using PAR-type fixtures, I wanted to show them what these LED luminaires could really do and they were immediately impressed.”  continued >>