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Bentham's Colour
          Changing Cross

Low energy and a long life

State of the art whilst understated has been one way High Bentham Methodist Church's new cross has been described.

Using the very latest LED technology the church has entered the 21st Century. The cross is made from extruded acrylic tube. The forward facing element is made up from LEDs with 3 colour chips, red, green and blue allowing for the creation of over 19 million different colours. The shadow is created with static white LED's. Power consumption is 30 watts at peak - all 3 colours together creating white light.

 Designed by Iain Henshaw and frabricated with the help of retired engineer Mike Ramsey the cross has been designed with current green issues firmley in mind. Average power consumption is 20 watts. A daylight sensor coupled with a timer ensure it's always seen in the right ambience. Additionally LED's have a lifetime in excess of 50,000 hours or over 5 yearsof continuous use. Programmed to slowley change colour it is possible to control the colour change in very specific areas - Blue through Indigo to Violet for instance as well as static colours.

Kendal Unitarian Church

The use of daylight balanced light sources help to create a light airey feel within the body of the church.

Tungsten spotlights on the pulpit help to create a distinction by lifting the area and the warmer light helps to create a contrast with the surroundings.

In addition to highlighting the roof, a feature that was generally unoticed. The Tiffany style leaded wall lights were also inproved by replacing the 40 Watt candle lamps with 20 Watt Osram mains voltage capsule lamps, this increased the amount of light and halved the power consumed.
The roof within
                  the church

                  organ pipes.

Again tungsten spotlights are used to make a feature of  the organ pipes. All of the principle lighting is  reflected  from the roof  and ceilings  giving uniform illumination of the pews

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Sinai synagogue Leeds

Iain Henshaw was approached by David Plaut from the synagague to reveiw the lighting, several older members of the congregation were having difficulty reading. At the site visit several areas of improvement were identified this included upgrading the lighting in the main reception area to brighten it up but also to save energy. In the main area of the synagogue it was obvious that the existing fluorescent lighting was past it's best. Iain suggested replacing the aging warm white tubes with Colour 860 (daylight) tubes. The effect was remarkable, with no additional outlay lighting was improved and the older members could read again. Additional works are planned to improve the social area.

Image of synagogue

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