Worship Facility Gear Report: Top Lighting Features

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Choosing new lighting fixtures for a house of worship involves considering various factors to ensure the space is appropriately illuminated, aesthetically pleasing, and functional. This Gear Report will help cover a few of the leading items. to help you make an informed decision. Note: All product information provided is available at each company’s website.


1. Mega-Lite FRAMEBOT 600

The Framebot 600 is a full-featured automated luminaire with robust features packed into a medium-sized housing. This theatrical and production-grade unit is equipped with a 580W 7000K LED that produces an output of over 20,500 lumens (@ approximately 45ft). Featuring CMYK color mixing, the unit produces a broad range of pastel shades to rich saturated hues. The Colormation combines the effect of an animation wheel with vibrant colors that can be used to create an abstract motion effect. 

With an advanced 4-blade framing system that features a 2pt pivot per blade and 180º framing rotation, the Framebot 600 allows for precise beam shaping. The impressive 6.5º-42º zoom range, 540º pan and 260º tilt, enhance versatility and efficiency. The rotating 4-facet prism can be used to intensify the 6 removable rotating gobos and 7 static gobos. 

This fully-loaded fixture is remarkably light for its’ class weighing only 56 lbs, making it easy for transportation. Designed to be used in diverse settings, it features intelligent cooling with 3 fan noise settings that can be set from quite (52 dB) to performance (56 dB).

SPECIFICATIONS

  • LAMP: 7000K
  • LED TYPE: 580W LED
  • ZOOM: 6.5º – 42º
  • LUMEN: 20,500
  • COLORMATION: Colormation Wheel
  • COLORS: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Kelvin (CMYK)
  • COLOR WHEEL: 6 Color+Open
  • GOBOS: 6 Removable Rotating (Index), 7 Static
  • PRISM: 4 Facet Prism Lens, Rotatable
  • FRAMING: Advanced 4 Blade framing system
  • FRAMING ROTATION: Index Over 180º
  • SOFT FILTER: Adjustable Soft Filter
  • DISPLAY: LCD Screen
  • PROTOCOL: DMX 512, RDM
  • DMX CHANNELS: 39 Channel Mode
  • PAN: 540º 8/16 Bit 3 Phase Stepper Motor
  • TILT: 270º 8/16 Bit 3 Phase Stepper Motor
  • PAN TILT LOCK: Yes
  • INTELLIGENT COOLING: 3 Settings: Performance | Normal | Quiet
  • IP RATING: IP20
  • POWER CONNECTION: Powercon Type Panel Input
  • DMX CONNECTORS: 3 & 5 Pin XLR In and Out Panel Mounted
  • POWER SUPPLY: Electronic Auto Switching 100V-240V 50/60Hz
  • POWER CONSUMPTION: 800W @220V
  • FIXTURE SIZE: 14.17” X 13.31” X 25.12”
  • FIXTURE WEIGHT: 56 Ib (25 kg)

REASONS TO BUY

  • Powerful & Quiet
  • 4-Blade Framing System
  • Colormation

2. CHAUVET PROFESSIONAL Maverick Storm 4 SoloWash

The Maverick Storm 4 SoloWash from CHAUVET Professional is a sturdy IP65-rated, outdoor-ready, single source 1250W LED wash boasting a CMY and CTO color mixing system and 8:1 zoom. The vast array of integrated features includes a wide-palette independent color wheel with CRI and CTB filters and a rotating gobo wheel with framing shutters, frost, and interchangeable geometric gobos. Calibrated to match the color of other Storm fixtures, the Storm 4 is durable and versatile, making it an ideal choice for any venue, regardless of whether it’s being used indoors or outdoors. The fixture can easily be controlled via a wide range of control protocols including DMX, WDM X/S, ACN, Art-Net, and Kling-Net.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Light Source: 1 LEDs (CW) 1250 W, (4 A), 7500 K, 50,000 hours life expectancy
  • Color Temperature (at full): 6895 K
  • CRI: 71.5
  • CRI with CRI Filter: 91
  • Front Lens Diameter: 188 mm
  • Beam Angle: 6.2° to 48.7°
  • Field Angle: 8.4° to 54.1°
  • Cutoff Angle: 8.8° to 58.3°
  • Zoom Range: 6.4° to 58.3°
  • Lumens – Source: 94,000
  • Lumens – Output: 60,756
  • Selectable PWM: 600 Hz, 1,200 Hz, 4,000 Hz, 6,000 Hz, 15,000 Hz
  • Pan and Tilt: 540°/270°
  • Pan and Tilt Ranges: 540°, 360°, 180° pan/270°, 180°, 90° tilt
  • Colors: 6 (including CRI and CTB filters) + white, split colors, continuous scroll at variable speeds
  • Colors: CMY flags, CTO flag
  • Gobos (1): 6 + open (glass), rotating, interchangeable, indexing, slot-n-lock, continuous scroll at variable speeds
  • Gobos (2): 6 + open (glass), rotating, interchangeable, indexing, slot-n-lock, continuous scroll at variable speeds
  • Gobo Size: Gobo Wheel 1 & 2 (rotating): 30 mm (outside), 25 mm (image), 1.1 mm (max. thickness)
  • Framing Shutters: 4 Blades, each with dual axis movement, Full blackout.
  • Framing Shutter Rotation: +/- 60° rotation.
  • Dimmer: Electronic
  • Shutter/Strobe: Electronic
  • Motorized: Zoom / Focus / Frost / Iris
  • Prism: 5 Circular and 5 Linear Facets, motorized, rotating
  • Strobe Rate: 0 to 20 Hz
  • Move-in-Black: Yes
  • Dim Curves: 4
  • Housing Material: Aluminum diecast, High-impact flame-retardant polymer, Steel
  • Power Connection: Seetronic Powerkon IP65
  • Power Input/Output: Seetronic Powerkon IP65
  • Data Connectors: 5-pin IP rated XLR, Neutrik IP rated RJ45 Connectors in/out
  • Control Protocol: Art-Net, DMX, RDM, W-DMX, sACN
  • DMX Channels: 38 or 55
  • Art-Net Channels: 38 or 55
  • Dimensions: 18.3 x 11.93 x 32.91 in (465 x 303 x 836 mm)
  • Weight: 102.5 lb (46.5kg)
REASONS TO BUY
  • Single 1250W LED Wash
  • CMY + CTO Color Mixing System
  • 8:1 Zoom

3. ELATION FUZE TEATRO

The FUZE TEATRO is a silent, fanless full-spectrum automated LED framing fixture designed for theater, television, and a wide array of other precision lighting applications. 
The 95 CRI engine utilizes an 480W 5-color homogenized LED array consisting of Red, Green, Blue, Mint, and Amber sources. The carefully tuned LEDs ensure accurate color reproduction and dynamic whites while delivering a powerful output of up to 15,000 lumens. Virtual color temperature, Magenta / Green adjustment plus CMY or RGB emulation provide the designer with immediate access to the impressive LED color array.

The FUZE TEATRO is designed for any application where a silent fully automated framing fixture with outstanding and compelling color range and quality is required. The fixtures enhanced optical design and lens coatings ensure precise and razor-sharp projections, removing all unwanted color shifting and aberrations in all zoom, focus, or framing positions. 
Dual rotating gobo wheels, animation wheel, dual frost, prism and iris round out its comprehensive feature set in this quiet and extremely powerful automated framing fixture.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Light Source: 480W 6,500K RGBMA LED Engine – 30,000 Hour Average LED Life
  • Patterns (On-Off Cycling), Control, and Dimming.
  • Lumens: 13100 Total Output
  • CRI: 95.1
  • Zoom Range: 7° – 50°
  • Beam Angle: 6.8° – 50.5°
  • Field Angle: 8.5° – 54.7°
  • Motorized Zoom
  • Framing: 4 Rotating Full Blackout Framing Blades, +/-
  • Index: 60°
  • Frost: Dual Variable Filter (Medium/ Wash)
  • Prism: 4 Facet Round, 4 Facet Linear
  • Iris: Motorized
  • Curves: Variable 16-bit Dimming Modes
  • Shutter and Strobe: High Speed Electronic
  • Pan Angle: 540° / 630°
  • Tilt Angle: 250°
  • Reset: Motionless
  • COLOR: RGBMA Color Array, CMY Emulation
  • Variable CCT: 2400K – 8500K
  • GOBOS: 2x 6 Rotating / Indexing Interchangeable – Glass Gobos & Animation Wheel
  • CONTROL: 16-bit Pan, Tilt, and Dimming Control, DMX Adjustable LED Frequency, DMX, RDM, Art-NET, sACN Protocol Support, 4 Button Touch Control Panel, Full Color 180° Reversible LCD Menu Display
  • DMX: 5pin In/Out
  • Ethernet: Locking In/Out
  • IP65: Locking Power In/Out
  • Length: 12.0 in (306mm)x Width: 18.2 in (462mm) x Height: 30.8 in (783mm)
  • Weight: 79.4 lbs. (36kg)
REASONS TO BUY
  • Full spectrum 480W RGBMA LED engine
    • Up to 15,000 total lumen fixture output
    • Precise dynamic whites from 2400-8500K

4. Blizzard G-Max™ 200

G-Max 200 is an LED moving head that boasts some serious power with its extremely bright, 200W LED light engine, and its 13°- 27° motorized zoom is perfect for short or long throws. It is equipped with ultra-fast 3-phase pan/tilt motors plus an 8 color + open color wheel, 7x static metal gobos +open, and 7x rotating glass gobos +open which can create amazing gobo morphing effects and mid-air projections. 

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Optical: 200W white LED light engine, 60,000 hours
  • Zoom: Fast and precise zoomable beam angle (13°- 27°)
  • Gobo size: 22.9mm outer, 18mm inner, 2mm max thickness
  • Protocol: USITT DMX-512
  • DMX: 16/19-channel modes 3 & 5 Pin
  • Luminous Intensity: 38,405 Lux @ 2.5M (narrow), 13,058 Lux @ 2.5M (wide) / 9,937 Lux @ 5M (narrow), 3,241 Lux @ 5M (wide) / 4,668 Lux @ 7.5M (narrow), 1,543 Lux @ 7.5M (wide) / 2,746 Lux @ 10M (narrow), 916 Lux @ 10M (wide)
  • Operating modes: DMX512, master/slave, auto mode
  • Power: PowerCON™ TRUE1-compatible AC power In/Out connectors
  • Dimensions: 21.7″ x 9.8″ x 15″
  • Weight: 35.1 lbs
REASONS TO BUY
  • 200W white LED light engine, 60,000 hours 
  • Fast and precise zoomable beam angle (13°- 27°) 
  • 8-16 bit smooth pan and tilt resolution 

5. ETC Source Four LED Series 3

Over a decade of research comes together for the market that has inspired ETC for over 45 years. The Source Four LED Series 3 brings the brightest light to the stage with the Lustr X8 array for the most nuanced colors and the Daylight HDR array for tunable white light.

ETC has added wireless DMX/RDM by integrating City Theatrical’s Multiverse® protocol, and easy NFC configuration using your mobile device and ETC’s Set Light app.

Get the brightness you need from every distance, the color you’ve been craving, and the control you deserve for the most efficient workflow. Like all ETC fixtures, Series 3 is backed by an unmatched industry warranty.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Source: LED details 90 Lumileds LUXEON® C and CZ
  • Max lumens: Lustr X8: 10,889
  • Daylight HDR: 14,214
  • Lumens per watt Lustr X8: 35
  • Daylight HDR: 42
  • L70 rating: (hours to 70% output) 54,000
  • Colors used Lustr X8: Deep Red, Red, Amber, Lime, Green, Cyan, Blue, Indigo
  • Daylight HDR: Deep Red, Red, Mint, Cyan, Blue, Indigo
  • Color Temperature: range 1900–10450 K
  • Calibrated Array: Yes
  • Red Shift: Yes (selectable)
  • Beam Angle Range: Swappable lens tubes between 5°–90°
  • Gate Size: 80 mm
  • Aperture Size: 6.25–17.5 in (depending on lens tube)
  • Pattern Projection: Yes
  • Pattern Size: A or B
  • Input Method: 5-Pin XLR, Multiverse wireless and NFC
  • Protocols: DMX-512, RDM, City Theatrical, Multiverse, NFC,
  • Modes: (footprint) 5 modes (1–12 channels)
  • RDM Configuration: Yes
  • Power Connector: TRUE1 connector rated for 20 A
  • Weight: 19.55lbs
REASONS TO BUY
  • Quickly and accurately adjust settings.
  • The physical UI lock prevents unintentional bumping from changing settings
  • Powered USB port for software updates and configuration backup

6. Altman Spectra Strip

The Altman SPECTRA STRIP is a low profile 6 ft LED Linear Wash Luminaire with (12) compartments of 50w RGBA Color Mixing or 3000°K high CRI White Light LED Engines. Each compartment can be individually filtered, lensed, or diffused using the dual filter slots provided per compartment.

White light compartments are suitable for no color wash applications, as well as tinting the RGBA Light engines in a blended wash. Additionally, White Light compartments can be used with traditional color media.

Suitable for both Floor and Pipe mounted applications, the low-profile SPECTRA STRIP is a capable LED Replacement for traditional Theatrical Strip Lights, Foot Lights, and Borderlights.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Color Mixing: Red, Green, Blue & Amber Luxeon Rebel LED’s
  • White Light: 3000K high CRI Luxeon Rebel LED’s for no color and tinting applications, as well as for use with standard color filters
  • Available in 200W, 400W, and 600W models
  • Dual-Slot accessory frame holders per compartment for use with lenses, diffusing, and color media
  • Convection cooled without the use of fans
  • Control: DMX and RDM protocols
  • DMX: Address assignable via RDM or on-board push button display
  • User selectable 8 and 16-Bit personalities for smooth fades from 0 to 100%
  • Flicker–free “on camera” operation
  • Modes: Preset Modes to emulate 3 and 4 Circuit traditional strip lights, as well as cell by cell control
  • Low Profile fixture suitable for uplighting and footlight applications
  • On board multi-voltage power supply
  • Dimensions:
  • 24” model (4 Cell): 24.75” (628.6mm) L x 9.5” (241.3mm) H x 8.3”(210.8mm) D.
  • 48” model (8 Cell): 48.75” (1238.25mm) L x 9.5” (241.3mm) H x 8.3”(210.8mm) D. and weigh 32lbs (14.5kg).
  • 72” model (12 Cell): 72.75” (1847.8mm) L x 9.5” (241.3mm) H x 8.3”(210.8mm) D. and weigh 48lbs (21.7kg).
  • Weight:2-foot models, 16 lbs, 4-foot models, 32 lbs. and 6-foot models, 48 lbs (approx.)
REASONS TO BUY
  • Color Mixing via Red, Green, Blue & Amber Luxeon Rebel LEDs
  • White Light via 3000°K high CRI Luxeon Rebel LED’s for no color & tinting applications, as well as for use with standard color filters.
  • Dual-Slot accessory frame holders per compartment for use with lenses, diffusing, and color media.

7. Chauvet Pro Rogue R3X Wash

The Rogue R3X Wash from Chauvet Professional is powered by 37 RGBW 25 W quad-LEDs and features nine zones of LED control to pixel map. Cover large areas with a bright, evenly dispersed light. Add quick moving zoom range of 12° – 49°, smooth color mixing, simple and complex DMX channel profiles, and powerCON in and out to round out the excellent features of this outstanding moving wash fixture.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Light Source: 37 quad-color RGBW LEDs 25 W, (1.5 A)
  • Pan and Tilt: 540°/230°
  • Pan Ranges: 180° /360° / 540°
  • Tilt Ranges: 90° / 180° / 230°
  • Dimmer: Electronic
  • Shutter/Strobe: Electronic
  • Zoom: Motorized
  • Strobe Rate: 0 to 20 Hz
  • Standalone Color Mixing: Yes
  • Color Temperature Presets: Yes
  • Dim Curves: 4
  • Built-in Automated Programs: Yes
  • Power Connection: Edison (local) plug to Neutrik powerCON
  • Power Input / Output: Neutrik powerCON
  • Data Connectors: 3- and 5-pin XLR
  • Control Protocol: DMX, RDM
  • DMX Channels: 21, 62, 71, 107
  • Modes/Personalities: 4 personalities
  • LED Life Expectancy: 50,000 hours
  • Color Temperature (range): 2,800 to 10,000 K
  • Beam Angle: 8° to 30°
  • Field Angle: 12° to 49°
  • Zoom Angle: 12° to 49°
  • Lumens – Source: 17,000
  • Lumens – Output: 11,500
  • Dimensions: 15.51″ x 11.73″ x 18.50″ (394 x 298 x 470 mm)
  • Weight: 38.5 lb (17.46 kg)
REASONS TO BUY
  • Fully featured RGBW LED yoke wash fixture with LED zone control and zoom
  • 16-bit dimming of master dimmer as well as individual colors for smooth control of fades
  • Selectable LED maximum output to match legacy Rogue R3 Washes

8. ETC ColorSource PAR

The ETC ColorSource PAR offers a quality of build and light that has never been seen in an affordable wash fixture. Using ETC’s unique RGB-L color system, the ColorSource PAR provides a rich, bright light unlike any other LED washlight in its class. This version, the CSPAR-A comes in black with a 5 ft PowerCon to Edison connector.

Most budget LEDs use red, green, blue, and possibly white and/or amber emitters, a combination that results in a limited color range. In contrast, the ColorSource PAR benefits from ETC’s extensive experience in LED color-mixing, by using the proportionate recipe of red, green, blue, a twist of lime and an extra dash of red. The lime and double-red emitters expand the ColorSource PAR’s color range, allowing users to get a richness only possible from ETC LED luminaires. The unique blend also adds depth, making a more natural, flattering light. And, when ColorSource PAR fixtures are used at any intensity, they maintain their color quality.

Despite the ColorSource PAR’s superior color capabilities, it’s unbelievably simple to use – with or without a lighting desk. Even the simplest console can control the luminaire, which has a special RGB mode allowing it to work easily with third-party consoles. And the ColorSource PAR has its own user interface, which means it can be controlled without a console. Users can simply plug it in and begin working within seconds. All this, and it is designed and manufactured by ETC.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • SOURCE: 40 Lumileds LUXEON Z LED
  • PAR: 3,039 Max lumens
    PAR DB: 2,429 Max lumens
  • PAR: 28.1 Lumens per watt
    PAR DB: 27.6 Lumens per watt
  • L70 rating: 55,000 hours*
  • PAR: red, green, blue, lime / PAR Deep Blue: red, green, indigo, lime
  • Color: Color mixing / Calibrated array / No red shift
  • OPTICAL: 14.5° (secondary lenses available for multiple beam-spread options) / 7.5 in / 190 mm aperture size
  • ELECTRICAL: 100-240 VAC 50/60 Hz
  • Connector: PowerCON power in and thru
  • Ambient operating temp: 0°–40° C (32°–104° F)
  • Fan: Controllable
  • CONTROLS: DMX512 via 5-pin XLR or RJ45 connectors Input method, DMX512/RDM , 4 modes for footprint, RDM configuration
  • UI type: Seven-segment, three-button interface
  • Local control: 12 Onboard presets, 5 Onboard sequences, No onboard effects, Fixture-to-fixture control, 15-bit virtual dimming engine
  • Dimensions: 12.20″ x 7.98″ x 9.45″
  • Weight: 10.1 lbs.
REASONS TO BUY
  • ETC’s new RGB-L chipset (Red, Green, Blue and Lime)
  • Homogenized optics
  • Simple user interface with 7-segment display

9. Mega-Lite Lupa 7

The ChamSys MagicQ MQ80 is a powerful, compact lighting console with direct support for 48 universes and four RDM-compatible DMX ports. MagicQ MQ80 sports a large 12″ high-resolution display for easy access to all MagicQ features, including the Plot window where you intuitively select and focus fixtures graphically. For complete compatibility with the entire MagicQ range of products, MagicQ MQ80 is driven by the same MagicQ software found on all MagicQ consoles and uses the same show file formats. MagicQ MQ80 can be connected over a network to macOS and Windows computers running the free ChamSys MagicVis lighting visualization software, or for output of up to eight layers of HD media, MagicHD media player software at no additional cost. Despite its massive professional lighting capabilities and tour-tough build quality, the MagicQ MQ80 is extremely compact and lightweight (just 17.5 pounds) and complies with airline checked luggage regulations.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Light Source: 7 X 60W RGBW / 28 X .5W RGB
  • Color Temperature: 9090K
  • CRI (Warm White): 75 @ full
  • Lumen Output: 3207Lm
  • Power Supply: Electronic 100-240V AC 50/60
  • Power Consumption: 512 Watts / 4.4 Amps @110V
  • Mounting System: 2 Quick Release Clamp Mounts
  • Power Connection: Seetronics SAC3FPX Input &
  • Output: SAC3MPX
  • Signal Connection: 5 Pin XLR In and Out (IP Rated)
  • Zoom Angle: 3° to 32°
  • Control Protocols: DMX 512, Artnet, sACN, RDM
  • RDM: Yes
  • Channel Modes: 27 Channel Mode / 139 Channel Mode / 134 Channel Mode
  • Display: Digital
  • DMX-512: Yes
  • Dimensions: 12.5” X 9.5” X 17.25”
  • Weight: 29lbs.
REASONS TO BUY
  • Optically calibrated
  • Tour-ready, aluminum housing
  • Low-noise fan operation

10. PROLIGHTS Pixie WashXB

Pixie WashXB reinvents the concept of the moving LED wash light, bringing together the classic styling of a traditional wash luminaire and applying the very latest innovations in the field of LED technology. The large frontal plano-convex lens delivers a stunning level of brightness and an exceptional zoom range with a 1:8 ratio, combined with a proprietary 280W RGB and warm white LED module delivering a high-quality white reproduction with high CRI and TLCI parameters as well an extremely precise colour tuning. Pixie WashXB is an ideal solution for any application where users want a superior light quality but without the view of multi-cell fixtures. Being compact, fast and silent, the Pixie WashXB offers unprecedented flexibility and is ideal for use in theatres, TV, corporate and festivals.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Source: 280W RGB + Warm White LED / life expectancy: > 70.000 h
  • Zoom: 7,6° – 43° motorised linear zoom
  • Lens diameter: 125mm / 4.92”
  • Lens type: high-quality glass lens optics
  • Colour mixing: RGB + Warm White
  • CCT: CCT control, + / – green correction, tungsten emulation
  • White Presets: 2.800 K – 8.000K
  • Colour Wheel: virtual colour wheel with macros
  • Macros: several pre-built macros with adjustable speed
  • Hardware on-board: sockets for quick-Lock Omega bracket (clamp included)
  • Pan angle: 540°
  • Tilt angle: 250°
  • Pan/Tilt resolution: 8/16bit
  • Protocols: DMX512, RDM, Art-Net, W-DMX
  • DMX channels: 13 / 15 / 16 / 18 / 22 / 23 / 27channel
  • Wireless Control: included, wireless solution receiver
  • RDM: RDM for remote monitoring and settings
  • Power Connection: Seetronic powerCON waterproof IN/OUT connectors
  • Dimensions: (WxHxD): 308x448x230mm / 12.13”x17.64”x9.06”
  • Weight: 13,6kg / 29.98lbs
REASONS TO BUY
  • 280W proprietary RGB and warm white LED delivering high CRI, TLCI, TM30 values
  • 7,6° to 43° linear zoom with superior evenness
  • Art-net and WDMX on-board

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