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Elation House Lighting Solution Gives Tennessee Church a Fresh, New Look

March 8, 2021 jill Blog
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A fresh wash of dynamic light from Elation Fuze Pendant house downlights has helped transform The First Family/First Baptist Church’s sanctuary from a more ordinary space with uneven illumination to a modern-looking house of worship more reflective of today’s contemporary worship.

Seeking to upgrade its more traditional house lighting to something more state of the art, the church in Columbia, Tennessee, is a growing ministry with plans to remake its entire sanctuary lighting.

Eager to get started on phase one of the project, church Tech Director Brady Ratzlaff and Worship Pastor Tim Hammond met with Nathan Tomberlin of integration company S&L Integrated about replacing their incandescent pendant house lights with something more up to date.


After a thorough review, Tomberlin suggested giving the room a more intimate feel by lowering and leveling the sanctuary’s tiered lighting to create a faux ceiling that reduced the height of the lighting from an apex of 41 feet to around 22 feet. He then presented the church with two options: a system of low voltage lighting with a static color temperature of around 3200K; and a system of color-changing LED Fuze Pendants with color-temperature adjustment.

Tomberlin states, “The biggest reason for choosing the Fuze Pendant was the fact that they could select the color temperature and make changes to that whenever they wished.”

The Fuze Pendant is color temperature adjustable from 2,000 – 10,000K and houses a full spectrum 230W RGBWL array for washes of high CRI white light, subtle pastels or pure saturates. Silent with no fans, output is up to 11,000 lumens.

All New Aesthetic

Elation Market Manager Bob Mentele laid out the entire system and specified the number of fixtures and lenses needed. By using already existing cladding hooks in the ceiling, 46 Fuze Pendants were installed quickly over a two-day period in late October with confirmation coming immediately on what a fresh coat of paint can do.

Ratzlaff adds, “With the Fuze Pendants, we can individually control each fixture, which we couldn’t do before. It allows us to add color accents throughout the room as needed for special events. The fixtures have also helped the congregation to see significantly better in the sanctuary without worrying about sitting in a dark area in the room.”

Color Temperature Adjustable

Tomberlin says that once the fixtures were installed, they began experimenting with the Fuze Pendant’s different color temperatures.

The fact that the Fuze Pendant is LED was also an important factor in their choice, says Ratzlaff, saving money on bulb changes and power while requiring less maintenance. In fact, the church produced long-term calculations themselves on how they could save with an LED solution.

A perimeter ring of Fuze Pendants at an 18-ft trim is outfitted with 50-degree lenses, while those in the middle, at a 22-foot trim, are fitted with the 45-degree factory lens. Tomberlin says he has measured light intensity at an even 40-41 foot-candles throughout the space.

Of course, the Fuze Pendant does more than just color temperature adjust. The fixture’s RGBWL color-mixing system allows the church to add a decorative touch to activities such as youth events or color match with anything happening onstage. The house lighting upgrade does not impede on the stage lighting, however, which remains completely consistent no matter what house lighting color, or color temperature, is chosen.

Tomberlin, who worked with Chuck Dillingham of Elation manufacturers’ rep firm Freed Sales on the project, programmed a variety of color and color temperature looks for the church, which are easily accessed via a convenient wall-mounted button panel.

Elation designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of innovative lighting products known for its superior performance, excellent efficiency, and outstanding price,



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