Tips from a Pro
As LEDs become more and more prevalent in HoW lighting, it becomes increasingly important to understand how to mix conventional lighting fixtures with your LEDs. Steven Hall, Lighting and Scenic Director at Journey Church, Norman, OK, shares his suggestions.
TFWM: Give us an overview of LEDs vs conventional lighting for HoW.
Steven: It’s pretty obvious that LEDs have been good for the lighting industry – you can get very bright fixtures capable of lots of colors relatively cheaply and easily. LEDs are perfect for lighting scenic pieces and walls, providing area washes with lots of color, and are great because they save on maintenance. You will never have to replace a lamp, and they’re a lot easier on power. LEDs are also more flexible than conventional lights; because they offer more colors in one fixture. With this you don’t need as many lights, which means less fixtures, less combined hanging weight, less rigging, etc. However, most LEDs are not quite ready for front lighting yet. The few good LED front lights that are out are a bit too expensive for most churches. Traditional Lekos are better and cheaper for front light; they just seem to provide better flesh tones, and are typically a much more even source.