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Ecclesistical & Heritage World No.99

Ecclesiastical & Heritage World JTC Roofing Contractors Ltd

Long experience leads to a unique appreciation of today’s lighting needs

Located in the heart of the UK in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, Lighting Dynamics UK have recently expanded their development as one of the UK’s premier companies specialising in the interior and exterior lighting of cathedrals, churches and other places of worship across all religious denominations.

Since its conception, Lighting Dynamics UK has established a reputation for creating practical and architecturally sympathetic lighting schemes. Wherever possible, discreet lighting equipment is specified and installed to produce suitable levels of illumination and to highlight both ecclesiastical details and any special architectural features.

The company is dedicated to offering a totally independent, creative, imaginative and unbiased lighting design, as well as an in depth consultancy service and, where required, the supply of all associated or specified lighting equipment.

Lighting Dynamics UK has a significant number of very prestigious church lighting projects currently in progress, with a number at advanced stages of planning and design. The entire team believe that this is a very exciting time in the development of church lighting, especially with such a great and diverse range of modern light sources now available.

Company principal Gerry Browne explained: “Our comprehensive ranges of modern, energy saving, long-life lighting equipment is manufactured from the highest quality materials and takes into consideration many important factors such as reliability, durability, optical performance, overall efficiency, size, style and ease of maintenance, to mention but a few.”

In recent times the company has also launched and continues to develop a brand new family of the very latest bespoke high quality ‘commercial grade’ LED luminaires, specifically designed for all types of ecclesiastical lighting tasks.

Gerry continued: “This extensive range of LED products, along with a host of related LED luminaire lighting accessories, has been under development for some time and continually now takes our overall lighting portfolio to the next level of technical innovation.

“Colour change lighting linked to DMX controls is also proving poplar for selected church illumination applications. Plus, we have an unrivalled knowledge and expertise of all modern intelligent dimming and smart lighting control systems.”

While popular systems such as DSI, 0-10V and DALI all have their respective advantages and disadvantages, the company is also proficient in utilising alternative wired and wireless lighting control systems.

The more recent Casambi controls system – a Bluetooth low-energy wireless solution – can have a number of benefits for the end user client; however, the Casambi solution can prove to be somewhat restricted in older type church buildings, especially those with thick walls. In those scenarios further design solutions have been developed and implemented by Lighting Dynamics UK to overcome the operational limitations of the system.

It has been established that most customers are increasingly looking for someone with the flair and experience to provide a quality lighting design, while also specifying top-grade, high-quality ‘commercial grade’ lighting equipment and controls that will provide longevity, reliability and overall flexibility for their specific ecclesiastical lighting upgrade project.

In the main, end user clients no longer wish to see their completed church lighting project looking like an extension of somebody else’s lighting showroom or lit with floodlights to resemble an industrial style installation.

However, achieving the optimum lighting design solution is a long-term process which involves educating, informing and demonstrating to all members of a specific project team what can be achieved.

Lighting Dynamics UK are fully aware of the need to be energy conscious. In this modern age it would appear that the never-ending increase in new energy regulations is only surpassed by the cost of energy itself.

With the advent of easy internet access and the more recent LED lighting technologies, many end-user clients have tremendous difficulty in differentiating between the various prices available online – and in particular understanding the differences between high-quality ‘commercial grade’ LED luminaires and their counterpart, low-cost alternatives, which in many situations would not even be deemed suitable for a domestic lighting application.

The issue is further compounded when modern LED light sources need to be dimmed and linked to any form of separate lighting control system. Lighting Dynamics UK has, if required, a fully-qualified team of NIC EIC registered electricians able to carry out the installation of interior and exterior lighting systems to current electrical standards and regulations.

The team is extremely experienced at working within all types of ecclesiastical buildings, including and especially those with listed status.

In short, Lighting Dynamics UK can provide the complete lighting service. It provides a bespoke design service for each individual church lighting project – interior or exterior – from initial meeting and informal discussions right through to final focusing and commissioning of the completed project.

• For further information visit www.lighting-dynamics.co.uk