“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” – John 1:5
Lighting sets the mood for any event in our lives. Most of us don’t think too much about lighting, but you definitely notice it when it’s absent or especially dramatic.
The perfect lighting scheme combined with beautiful music and powerful words can move even the biggest crowd of skeptics. That’s why it’s important for churches to take lighting into consideration when they plan services.
Join us as we explore the five steps involved in creating dramatic lighting for a perfect worship experience.
1. Evaluate Your Needs
Regular worship services should offer plenty of lighting for the congregation. They need to see the worship material and hymnals, and worshippers should be able to see walkways and aisles.
Consider the natural light in your church. If you have plenty of natural light (and you don’t host many night services), then you may not need much additional lighting.
If you do plan to hold night services, then it’s important to provide enough light so that people can read. But you also want to have some lights to highlight areas of the church like the altar and the entrance.
2. Where Will You Place Your Lighting?
Knowing where you’ll install your new lighting is important to determine what kind of lighting you need. If your only place to mount a spotlight is far away from the pulpit, then you’ll need a more powerful light.
Some churches are older with ornate woodwork and beautiful stained glass. If you want to preserve these areas, hunt to find the safe places where you can install lights. Then, see what kind of effect different lighting has from that position.
3. To Color or Not?
Many churches choose to stick with conventional yellow or white lights. But you can choose to have colored lights inside your church too. This is great for bringing emphasis to scripture and movements during special ceremonies.
White-toned lights are clean and pure. Gold lights convey a richness. Red lights emphasize sin, and blue lighting brings peace and calm to the congregation.
4. Do You Need Special Lighting for Events?
Think about the type of events you plan to hold at your church. If your congregation is traditional, you’ll want more traditional lighting. But if you plan to hold more progressive events like concerts and rallies, you may want more options for lighting.
Do you want to use lighting to emphasize holiday celebrations? Take that into account too when deciding what type of lights you plan to buy.
5. Specialty Lighting
How far do you want to go with specialty lighting? There are lots of options out there to backlight certain areas like the altar and choir loft.
You can also highlight by using smaller, can-style lights throughout the sanctuary. Or for concerts and large events, you may want options like laser lights, brighter spotlights, and washes.
Dramatic Lighting Can Help Your Church
Lighting, sound, and ambiance all help bring people to your church. So investing in dramatic lighting options is a good idea to grow your congregation.
Your first step is to evaluate your needs based on the wishes of your congregation. Then decide where you’ll install the lighting to make sure your new lighting works well from those areas. Choose the colors you plan to use.
Then think about special events you might host at your church. Decide on specialty lighting options like lasers, highlights, and bright spotlights.
Looking for ideas? Check out our services page to see what we offer. At ChurchHouse AV, we’re here to make your service beautiful!