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19th Century Scottish Episcopal church with nave and chancel.


Involvement: We were commissioned by the church’s Rector to devise a scheme to re-light the nave and chancel of this church.


The previous lighting in the nave was provided by a series of compact floodlights fitted with linear tungsten halogen lamps and located adjacent to the timber wall posts.  There were also 2 wall mounted fittings on the west wall, one on each side of the west window.  Further similar fittings were located in the chancel together with a ‘cold’ colour temperature LED floodlight in the centre of the chancel arch, and 2 small spotlights nearer the altar.


The brief was to provide more interesting and flexible lighting, and to reduce power consumption and the need for frequent high level maintenance.  This was achieved by specifying lighting tracks with adjustable spotlights as these are easy and less expensive to install than a series of individual lighting points.  Three-circuit tracks were used in the nave and chancel, each allowing control of three independent lighting elements in each ‘bay’ to give control of general lighting, highlighting and roof lighting respectively.  The tracks at the east end of the nave were on further separate circuits to allow this area to be controlled separately for liturgical reasons and during performance-type events.  In addition, small LED spotlights were located on the capitals each side of the chancel arch to illuminate the arch itself. The existing cylindrical pendant light in front of the pulpit was retained and refurbished.


To increase flexibility, a lighting control system was specified and installed using wireless dimmers and control panels mounted in strategic locations.


Illuminated ‘exit’ signs were installed above the doors, and emergency spotlights were located discreetly at high level in the nave and chancel.

Photos © Paul Covell Consultants