When St Johns Church underwent its recent refurbishment they called upon our lighting division (working in conjunction with GEC Electrical Contractors) to design an energy efficient, fully controllable lighting system.
It was essential that the scheme was sympathetic to the church itself whilst ensuring the needs of the various users of the premises were met.
The church is a 13th century, grade II listed building set in the small village of Stadhampton so the lighting scheme had to compliment the historical building, and emphasis the beautiful features it houses. On the other hand the refurbishment of the church was to give the local community access to village hall facilities contained within the church for a range of activities from mother and baby groups, keep fit classes and theatre productions to WI meetings, so any lighting design had to reflect these additional requirements, whilst retaining the church as a significant place of worship.
After lengthy consultation with the customer, and several site visits the design team determined to make a feature of the beautiful vaulted ceiling of the church, whilst meeting the requirements of the varied users of the area.
These goals were achieved by keeping the ceiling area clear of lighting and by adding sensitive LED spotlighting to highlight this, one of the churches best features, and other significant areas of the church. Hacel Lighting’s Aerwave 920 was used for the general lighting, and their Elito 056 was chosen to emphasis the roof area – which, whilst perfectly matching the simple design of the interior of St Johns, also offers enhanced performance and energy efficiency through long lamp life, LED technology, and electronics designed for maximum energy conservation and management.
The Aerwave product was complimented by LED lighting products again from the Hacel Lighting range and also from Cooper Lightings surface mounted luminaires. The control system was provided through Mode Lighting to ensure the lighting system could be easily be altered to reflect natural light levels and the various uses the building would be put to.