St. Luke Missionary Baptist Fosters a Warmer Worship Space with elektraLite
A dozen Stingray Profile Warm White ellipsoidal spot fixtures were installed in the Dayton church’s sanctuary to help better illuminate its online streaming efforts
DAYTON, Ohio – St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church has shown itself to be much more than simply a house of worship over its 87-year history. In that time, it has steadfastly combined worship with social-justice pursuits; for instance, it was the first black church in Dayton, Ohio to provide facilities for a civil rights meeting, as well as the first black church in the city to have its own radio broadcast.
To keep the focus on both its spiritual and social missions, and to continue its efforts to use the best technology available to reach beyond the church’s walls, St. Luke’s staff recently chose to install a dozen elektraLite Stingray Profile Warm White spot fixtures in its 900-seat sanctuary, the centerpiece of a 26,000-square-foot worship facility that also includes a 300-seat Fellowship Hall and ten educational rooms. The move was meant to further improve the visual aesthetic of the space for the church’s online presence, which began as part of its COVID response, as well as to help make the interior brighter and more inviting for the 1,000-plus member congregation worshiping there.
Dayton-based integrator Eagle Eye Design installed the elektraLite fixtures, along with a 12-button preset controller that lets the church pick its lighting levels reliably and easily. The new Stingray Profile Warm Whites are the vanguard of a more extensive lighting and technology upgrade, says Eagle Eye Owner Tom Sellars, who also installed three remote-robotic cameras as part of this first phase of the upgrade.
“We led with lighting because how the church looks online is very important to communicating its message through streaming, and we used elektraLite because, from a performance and a cost-effectiveness basis, they’re simply the best,” he says. “The Warm White’s single-COB, 300-watt LED gives us a rich, consistent warm white at a balanced 3,200K color temperature. It’s a true theatrical white light with no hot spot, which is great for streaming. Plus, the church’s existing architectural lighting has the same type of color and temperature, so it was a good match that let us keep the same feel in the sanctuary that they were used to and liked.” Sellars adds that he’s deployed the Stingray fixture at other houses of worship and has had only positive experiences and comments from customers.
There’s another key feature that Sellars says he really appreciates: elektraLite’s shining customer service. “Anytime there was ever any issue, they were always there for us,” he says, adding that in one instance, Norman Wright, vice president of technical support for Group One Limited’s lighting division, which manufactures and distributes the elektraLite brand, drove in from Long Island, New York to correct an issue. “Not a quick drive—now that’s quality of service,” says Sellars. “And they keep improving the products. The RDM protocol is now included on the Stingray, which makes control so much easier. Really, why would you choose any other light or any other manufacturer?”
For more details on St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, visit www.thelukedayton.org.
About the Stingray Profile Warm White
At the heart of the elektraLite Stingray Profile Warm White spot fixture is a newly-designed, 300-watt COB LED that produces clean, warm white light in an incomparable level of intensity for its range. With a balanced 3,200K color temperature, and a CRI of 95, the ellipsoidal WW unit provides the same clean, rich, beautiful white light audiences have grown accustomed to, making the Stingray Profile perfect for any show or event. The fixture’s sophisticated, proprietary diffraction lensing system provides a packed punch of light in a variety of beam spreads. The interchangeable lens tube offers users a choice of 5°, 10°, 19°, 26°, 36° or 50° beam spreads, and four independent shutter blades give perfect in‐focus cuts to the beam. A very simple to use onboard control interface allows for easy control by either DMX or console‐free static operation. The Stingray Profile has five‐pin XLR DMX connectors (both in and thru), and a single yoke and safety eye bolt are included. Power is via industry-standard Powercon in and out connectors allowing for quick daisy chaining of the fixtures. And like the rest of elektraLite’s line of products, the fixture is fully ETL-certified for safe, reliable, and quality performance.