First Baptist Church, Tellico Village
The First Baptist Church of Tellico Village recently completed construction of a beautiful new building to house their growing congregation. The building added a new sanctuary that holds 430 people, a north annex, bathrooms and a choir room. A Tennessee Lighting Company stepped in and worked on the new construction project from the ground up to resolve the lighting challenges.
"We recognized early on that high grade LED fixtures with custom mounting plates would be the answer to these particular challenges. At the same time, this lighting plan would bring the church significant energy savings, high quality light, reliability and low maintenance." (Ken Patterson, president)
The sanctuary's architectural design included a 42 ft. ceiling, which proved to be a lighting design challenge. During the design and build process, the issues became how to hang the lighting, how to access the lighting on a ceiling of that height with no crawl space and limited access while providing bright, beautiful light to the sanctuary space.
Ken notes, "For a church with a 42 ft. ceiling, it would have been a nightmare to replace lamps in the sanctuary. They would have had to pull pews out and bring in giant boom lifts. From that standpoint, it was also a move of practicality to install LED lighting. As a new construction project, the overall investment was very close to what it would have been for an incandescent system. All the electrical was based on an LED installation, which meant no copper cost, dimmer cost or the electrical contractor labor cost those systems require. With LED, your costs become more even and your return on investment comes very quickly. Then, for the next ten years, your cost of operation over time is, relatively speaking, negligible compared to incandescent".