Elation Stage and Broadcast Lighting for UK’s Bridge Street Community Church

Bridge Street Community Church, situated near the centre of Leeds, opened up as a new worship building fitted with Elation Professional stage and broadcast lighting. Fixtures were designed, supplied and installed by Wigwam Acoustics. The Church is a multipurpose building catering for conferences and live events, as well as weekly church services.

The newly completed development provides the church with a comprehensive community centre that in boasts a 1000-capacity auditorium, café and other facilities.

“We use Elation products on all of our lighting installations due to the finished result and also the price of the units compared to similar products,” stated Tim Mortimer, Installations Manager at Wigwam Acoustics. Wigwam has a well established reputation for work in churches and cathedrals, so was well placed to design, supply and install a comprehensive stage lighting package for the auditorium.

Attracting large congregations, Bridge Street Community Church plays host to a wide range of events with many including live music, because of this they wanted a system that was simple to use, flexible and easy to configure. Wigwam’s design brief also included the requirements for filming and relaying live HD video of church services and performances in the auditorium to locations throughout the building; an important feature for when the congregation exceeds maximum capacity.

All of the lights used in the church are LED-based Elation Professional luminaries that dramatically reduce power consumption and heat build up.

The lighting system consists of 4 x Colour 5 Profile™ multi-colour ellipsoidal spots used for gobo projections; 2 x DW Profile™ variable white LED luminaries with zoom and beam shaping used for front light; 8 x TVL 3000 II™ LED Fresnel lights with dynamic white LEDs used for front light; 8 x Arena Q7 Zoom™ Par lights used for stage wash from a rear truss position; and 16 x SixBar 1000™ colour-changing LED battens used from the stage floor for rear wall effects.

“We have used Elation products on installations for the last six years and the backup and support we receive is one of the main reasons behind choosing the products. The support we received from Elation sales rep Alan Rayner is second to none,” Mortimer stated, adding that he believes Wigwam’s involvement in the project from the outset has been a key advantage.