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Lighting

Advice for PCCs

Lighting has a profound effect on the ambience of a church.  You therefore need to consider a new light system really carefully, with advice from your church architect and possibly also a dedicated lighting consultant.

There's a good deal of advice available from the Churchcare web page on lighting, including their excellent guidance note.  Some issues to consider include:

  • Will the system address all intended uses of the building (such as types of service, concerts, exhibitions, community activities) both now and in the future?
  • Does the type of light suit the building and intended uses of the building? Bear in mind that different light sources (tungsten / tungsten halogen / low voltage halogen / metal halide) generate different colours and intensities of light, and the difference from the old system could be profound.  It's worth trialling a proposed fitting on site so that you can be sure of the effect in your particular building.
  • Will the warm-up time for certain types of light suit the required uses?
  • Will the position of the lights allow for manageable bulb replacement and maintenance?
  • Will the type and location of the fittings allow for suitable light direction and coverage?

Advice on recommended lighting levels for different parts of the church is available from the DAC Office.  For major re-lighting schemes, it is often helpful for parishes to seek in formal advice from the DAC before working up a fully detailed scheme - please contact the DAC Secretary in the first instance.

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The DAC Office - The office of the Diocesan Advisory Commitee (DAC) has responsibility for progressing faculty applications and providing policy advice on church building matters.  The answer to most popular enquiries will be available via these web pages but do contact the DAC Office if not.  Where appropriate, the DAC Office can put you in touch with churches who have undertaken similar work to any scheme you might be proposing yourself.