LITTLE ROCK, AR — The First Pentecostal Church’s
assistant pastor Nathan Holmes hired LD Gary Howard of SFH
Productions for a LED lighting system that would give the
church a new array of seasonal and special event looks.
Howard used fixtures from Mega-Lite for the task.
wanted the flexibility and versatility that LED lighting
affords to create special looks for these various events,”
said Holmes. The main areas of renovation were the
Sanctuary and the Great Hall, where the church holds
banquets, receptions, themed youth activities and other
Howard replaced the white can
recessed lighting with 26 retrofitted N-E Color
Cannons from Mega-Lite to colorize the entire floor. He
then installed 71 Mega-Lite Ecotubes on the balcony
surrounding the Great Hall, giving it a solid wash of
color and using preset effects such as alternating, static
or dynamic runs; color rolls and scrolls.
effect is pretty spectacular,” said Howard, noting that
throw distance and movability were both factors in
deciding which fixtures to use. Howard relied on four
Mega-Lite Axis LEDs with the 10-degree lens kit. In the
first event held in the Great Hall since the renovation (a
wedding reception), the Axis LEDs were used to put a spot
on the wedding cake over 60 feet away. “Those things can
throw a mile,” Howard said.
In the Sanctuary, the
focus was on the stage where the sermon takes place. “Our
desire and vision was to highlight the architecture of the
building and create a more worshipful environment,”
Reasoning that any supreme creator of
rainbows, parrots and other colorful things must love
bright colors Himself, Holmes thought, “Why not
bring vibrant colors into our place of worship?’”
backlit the alcove using Irradiant Sunwash fixtures
located behind the center architectural pillars on the
stage. Mega-Lite N-E color Strips were used to accent the
outer pillars and pipe organ. Pairs of Mega-Lite N-E Color
Cannons were used to accent the main pillars.
lighting control, Howard chose Mega-Lite’s stage
lighting control software Enlighten. Two universes were
reserved for the Great Hall and Sanctuary and one for
“We were able to get people who had
never done lighting control going within 10 to 15 minutes,”
Howard noted, adding that DMX splitters were used to take
a homerun signal from Enlighten and route it to four
“Not only are we pleased
with the lighting designs in both buildings, but we are
thankful that there was a choice in lighting which is both
energy efficient and cost effective,” Holmes said.