Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, upgraded both their stage and house lighting systems with Elation Professional, which was a huge undertaking that meant replacing over 600 lighting fixtures.
“We decided to replace every tungsten light that illuminated in the room with an LED fixture,” said Bobby Taylor, Tech Director and Director of Communications at Olive Baptist Church, “and for the stage lighting project chose a full complement of Elation LED fixtures.”
Bobby, who has a long-standing relationship with Elation manufacturer rep firm Freed Sales and company head Dustin Pesnell, travelled to Elation’s South Florida showroom in Opa-Locka to explore the possibilities and, working together with Pesnell, came away with an Elation and ADJ gear spec. Begun in early August, the lighting upgrade was finished in time for a Christmas program in early December.
Due to the electrical complexities of the space, the project was looked on as two construction projects within one – a general house lighting project and a stage lighting project. The existing house lighting system of 522 500W fixtures was replaced with color temperature adjustable white lights and RGBL fixtures, while the old stage lighting system of roughly 100 575W ellipsoidals and 1000W Par Cans was replaced with a new Elation LED system of moving heads, Pars, battens and ellipsoidals. Elation dealer Everlast Productions supplied the lighting to Olive Baptist for the retrofit.
As the needs for the space are great, the stage lighting system is quite extensive. Bobby decided to go with an assortment of LED moving heads, choosing a pair of award-winning Artiste series fixtures – the Artiste Picasso and Artiste DaVinci – along with Dartz 360 and Platinum 1200 Wash units. “The choices that we made were based not only on the performance of the fixture but the fact that they are easy to maintain,” he said.