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Inspired Lighting for Church Retrofit Project

With 1,200 members in its community, First United Methodist Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is a congregation of faith, rich in history, tradition and diversity.

Its history dates back to 1836 when the Methodist Society built the first Protestant Church building in Green Bay.

In its fourth building today, which was dedicated in 1929, the congregation added an educational wing in 1958, and extensive remodeling was completed in 1988. In 1994, the church acquired an office building that provided room for expansion.

First United Methodist Church is a vital congregation today, involved in the community with a vital living faith, active programs, beautiful facilities and an openness to newcomers and other who wish to join them in their faith journey.

When the church needed better, brighter lighting in its sanctuary, they turned to Visual Impact Lighting. In its 35th year as a preeminent manufacturers’ representative sales agency, Visual Impact Lighting retains offices in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Madison. The sales staff offers more than 170 combined years of lighting experience throughout Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. The agency’s customer base is primarily with architectural and engineering design firms, lighting design professionals, design and build electrical contractors, and electrical distributors. Reps support customers from order inception through installation and offer the highest quality and innovative lighting products in the marketplace.

They recommended MaxLite’s HighMax High Output compact fluorescents (CFLs) for its energy efficient lamping solutions. MaxLite is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of the award-winning MaxLED line of innovative LED luminaires and lamps using state-of-the-art LED technology, and Visual Impact Lighting is a Wisconsin-based lighting sales agency.

Inheriting global manufacturing and marketing expertise that dates back to 1955, MaxLite was one of the first movers into LED technology in the industry. Committed to energy efficiency as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2009, MaxLite established the MaxLED brand, an extensive line of indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures featuring innovative LED luminaires and lamps using the latest state-of-the-art LED technology, ranging from the award-winning Flat Panel collection, to the best-selling outdoor lineup, Plug-and-Play light bars and lamps.

According to Paul Harrison, building supervisor for First United Methodist, “We needed to fit our old church fixtures with longlasting lamps that would provide ample lighting to help parishioners read our literature. The MaxLite HighMax CFL bulbs offer an outstanding lighting quality, brightness, energy savings and longevity.”

With high lumen maintenance and crisp color rendering throughout the lifetime of the bulbs, MaxLite’s HighMax High Output CFLs were the ideal choice for this retrofit high-wattage application.

These self-ballasted lamps are constructed with an industry-leading large, solid aluminum heat sink for cool operation and high-heat fluorescent U-bend tubes which are optimized for strength and longevity. The higher wattage models have an on-board internal cooling fan that helps maintain lumen output, color rendering, and reduce wattage consumption.

“Ten lighting fixtures were retrofitted with three MaxLite HighMax lamps in each, for a total of 30 new lamps,” said Dave Zochert, president of Visual Impact Lighting, a sales agency for MaxLite. “Light levels in the sanctuary rose from two foot candles to over 14 foot candles, making it much easier for parishioners, especially elder members of the congregation, to read church bulletins and hymnals.”

The church’s pendants previously utilized three 300-watt PS25 standard incandescent lamps, which were replaced with three 80-watt HighMax Lamps, for more than 70 percent energy savings.

Each HighMax lamp offers a long 10,000-hour lifetime, which is five to ten times longer than the standard incandescent bulb that lasts 1,000 to 2,000 hours.

MaxLite’s HighMax CFL lamps will also save a substantial amount of maintenance time and costs. In addition, re-lamping the 10 fixtures suspended from the 40-foot tall ceiling is a strong challenge for maintenance personnel.

“After the new MaxLite lamps were installed, congregants gave the ‘new lighting’ a round of applause during its Sunday services,” explained Zochert. “The reaction to MaxLite lamps from members has been awesome.”

The HighMax CFLs, which operate on the 120-volt electrical system with instant-on technology, have a shortened MOL to fit many common fixtures and are offered with an E26 base and a 2700K-color temperature. With a color rendering index (CRI) of 84, the 80-watt lamps deliver 5500 lumens and an efficacy of 68 lumens per watt.

“The reaction to the new lamping has been very positive from our members,” continued Harrison. “The increased amount of lighting has transformed our sanctuary into a bright, warm and welcoming worship space.”

Visual Impact Lighting, Inc.


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