Church Lighting: 3 Reasons To Consider Moving Lights

Whether your church is contemporary or traditional, today's moving lights lend benefit well beyond their flashy ability to boost energy and emotion.

Jim Kumorek  ·  April 27, 2017

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Intelligent fixtures, also known as moving lights or automated lights, have been viewed with skepticism (if not downright disdain) by many churches, while being accepted or lauded by others. Churches looking to maintain a very reverential feel to their services often view moving lights as something for concert theatrics, and is not a direction they want their services to head.

However, moving lights can be a great benefit to those churches who aren’t interested in the “rock concert” feel.

Allow me to give you a few reasons why moving lights can benefit almost any church style.

1. Just because they can move, doesn’t mean you have to see them move.

A fixture that can move means that it can illuminate almost any part of your stage or platform without needing access to the fixture to manually re-aim it.

Churches with a more traditional feel to their services also tend to have less access to the locations where lighting fixtures are hung. This means that re-aiming their fixtures is a significant effort. And in reality, even extremely contemporary facilities may lack access to their key lighting positions, as catwalks (which provide physical access to where lights are hung) are frequently the first things that get cut from a building project due to cost.

Having a light that you can aim from your lighting console means you gain significant flexibility in your lighting without needing as much access to the lights. To keep them from being a distraction, you simply have them move when the beam is turned off.

2. They can save significant volunteer/staff time.

Not having to physically go to a fixture and re-aim a light can save time for those serving in your lighting ministry. Instead of someone having to take as much as 20 minutes to get to a fixture to re-aim where it’s pointing (or even hours if a lift has to be used and chairs moved out of the way), it can be re-aimed in seconds from the lighting console.

This means that more can be accomplished in the same amount of time, or it takes less time for someone to do lighting for your service, freeing staff up for other things, or making the task more accessible due to lower time requirements for volunteers.

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Jim Kumorek
Jim Kumorek is the owner of Spreading Flames Media, providing video/media production and writing services to the A/V/L, technology, architectural and hospitality industries. He has led audio, video and lighting teams in churches as both staff and a volunteer for over 10 years.
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By mikedbq on April 27, 2017

Thanks for your article Jim. I am looking into some moving lights for our church. I have seen some 36x18w RGBWA-UV moving head lights on ebay for $330 a piece. Yes they are from China, and it takes a couple of weeks to get here, but they are very affordable. So many moving head lights are $1000+ for each one. What does your gut say about this deal? What could I run into by going this route? Here’s the link ...