Architectural Lighting

Christ Episcopal, Roanoke

Award of Merit - 1999 International Illumination Design Awards

Imagine this room with a dark wood ceiling and only eight chandeliers and twelve sconces for light sources. Our task in this renovation was to enliven the entire church and support the liturgy by subtly accenting important areas: pulpit, lectern, altar, chancel steps, and baptism font.

The ceiling was covered with drywall (for acoustical purposes) and painted a light, reflective color. The ceiling finish allowed us to light the room indirectly with new fixtures installed above the stained glass windows between the trusses. Additional fixtures were installed on the altar side of the trusses to illuminate the focus areas. The original chandeliers and sconces were removed and completely refurbished. They now provide an accent rather than a dominant light source. The design includes a programmable dimming system.

Pending a decision on the fate of the organ, the chancel awaits a completed lighting design. Currently, four new fixtures provide front light at the altar while reused fixtures provide general illumination. These, and the light blue stained glass windows, account for the cooler coloring of the chancel ceiling.

Photography by Dave Baugh.

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