Lighting in religious buildings - what to pay attention to?
In terms of lighting, places of worship are a very demanding group of buildings. When selecting luminaries for places of worship, it is necessary to pay attention to many different factors. First and foremost, the size of the church and its layout should be taken into consideration, as well as the architectural solutions used in the building.
In the case of places of worship, we usually deal with slightly larger buildings. For this reason, church lighting should be well laid out - both in terms of placement of fittings, their number, quality, and the intensity of light provided. In view of the architectural style and the layout of the church, the appearance of the light fittings and their size also play a role. It is also important to emphasise the most important areas of the church - chancel, nave or aisles, as well as interior paintings and sculptures.
Features of professional lighting in a church
When planning lighting arrangements inside a church, it is important to keep in mind not only the aforementioned aspects. It is also important to respect the conservation standards that apply to a particular site. Many churches are also historical monuments, so the light fittings must not disturb the architectural harmony and visual qualities of the interior. They should therefore have a minimalist appearance and use the least invasive method of fitting - like the the fittings we offer, , which can be fixed to ceilings, walls, cornices and roof beams.
Due to the large size of places of worship, the lighting used in churches should also be energy-efficient. The use of artificial light sources translates into increased use of electricity. The use of energy-saving LED lighting can result in a noticeable reduction in the cost of maintaining religious buildings. Moreover, state-of-the-art LED lights last significantly longer than traditional fluorescent lamps, making LED lighting a much more cost-effective investment.
Areas worth emphasising
Every place of worship has areas on which the attention of the congregation should focus. That is why the choice of the light fittings should depend largely on the exact location in which they are to be installed. One of the key areas of any church is the chancel, the space separated from the rest of the temple (for example, by being raised up or with balustrades), dedicated to the priests and the liturgical service. The lighting of the chancel consists of fittings that highlight the altar, the tabernacle, and the priest who celebrates the Mass. The fittings and the intensity of the light in the chancel should be chosen in such a way that it does not interfere with the liturgy while at the same time assisting in its reception and helping the congregation to focus. Outside of the chancel, the most important areas of a church include the nave, the aisles, the transept and the apse.