Lighting of Most Holy Trinity Church -Wallingford, CT
Project: Most Holy Trinity Church Wallingford, CT
Installer: Ray Lighting + Design Studios
Location: Wallingford, CT
Project Goals: This historic 1857 Catholic Church undertook multiple renovations with one of the first being a full lighting and electrical renovation that Ray and his team implemented. Working with the building committee, architect, and electrical engineer the lighting designer spent over two years designing the project. With a number of project challenges such as minimizing change to historic lighting fixtures and navigating the electrical wiring through historical architecture, Ray and his team where able to meet all of the project goals creating a stunning change in this historic renovation. The project goals in order of importance:
Make existing wiring safe
Increase light levels
Light round murals, ceiling
Make controls simple for all users
Minimize lamp changes
Make Altar dramatic
Reduce energy usage
All fixtures are LED, most 2700K. Original load 9,348 watts, new load 5,587 watts (including adding 272 up-lighting fixtures). A total of 26 different lighting zones were used that allow for unlimited combinations of zones and light levels; all are dimmable. Little maintenance is required except for dusting.
Existing vintage fixtures rewired, refinished, re-lamped with dimmable LEDs brighter than original. Altar, Transepts lit from above columns and behind Apse with LED directional fixtures. Custom linear up-lighting fixtures added inside custom-made enclosures on top of columns and wall shelves light previously unlit murals and ceiling. Lighting added to highlight speakers and Altar table from front.
Apse, Altar, Crucifix presented a unique opportunity to create dramatic yet different scenes. 8 zones used with a variety of fixtures. The 5’ tall hanging Crucifix was never lit. Incredible is detail now revealed and a historic, Biblical scene with shadows created (Crucifix scene). Owner’s, user’s favorite scene.
14 Stations of the Cross had spooky, cool white fluorescent up-lighting. New LED MR16 spot lighting from above better illuminates them.
Previously circuit breakers were used to control the lighting. Now 2 12-button keypads are used and clearly labelled so anyone can turn the lights on, off or dim with ease. Scenes created with input from users allow for daily activities as well as special occasions. Additional controls available through Smartphone App.