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Light and shadow - LED lighting for sacred buildings

The origins of the St Mary and Bartholomew Church in Harsefeld, Germany, date back to the first millennium. Previously refurbished in the 1960s, the interior of the neo-Gothic building was now to be modernised, including a comprehensive interior refurbishment under energy-efficient and aesthetic aspects. The development of a new lighting concept for the listed building with its stately cross vault presented a particular challenge. The lighting solution demanded a subtle design and needed to be integrated with minimal changes to the structure of the church. In addition to superb visual comfort, the lighting also needed to meet the requirements of a contemplative atmosphere.
The lucente office responsible for the lighting design developed a solution that delivers a harmonious synergy of historic structure and modern LED lighting technology. Customised luminaire rings frame the space-defining pillars of the nave discreetly at a height of around eight metres. True to ERCO’s principle of "light, not luminaires", the lighting tools were integrated to be as unobtrusive as possible. The highly efficient LED luminaires were aligned to illuminate and precisely accentuate the interior both directly and indirectly. Quintessence LED downlights ensure good visual comfort, and finally, Optec LED spotlights illuminate the cross vault effectively and specifically accentuate individual architectural elements such as the church organ, itself one of the most striking features in the room. A wireless DALI lighting control system, managed via a tablet, provides easy and flexible adjustment for various lighting requirements.

Project: Harsefeld church interior renovation
Client: Harsefeld parish
Lighting designer: lucente Lichtplanung, Sittensen
Opening: April 2014
Products: Quintessence LED, Optec LED
Photos: Frieder Blickle, Hamburg

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Die ERCO Lichtfabrik mit Sitz in Lüdenscheid ist ein führender Spezialist für Architekturbeleuchtung mit LED-Technologie. Das 1934 gegründete Familienunternehmen operiert weltweit in knapp 40 Ländern mit über 60 Tochtergesellschaften, Niederlassungen und Vertretungen. Seit 2015 basiert das Produktprogramm vollständig auf LED-Technologie. Unter dem Leitmotiv "light digital" entwickelt, gestaltet und produziert ERCO in Lüdenscheid digitale Leuchten mit den Schwerpunkten lichttechnische Optiken, Elektronik und Design. Die Lichtwerkzeuge entstehen in engem Kontakt mit Architekten, Lichtplanern und Elektroplanern und kommen primär in den folgenden Anwendungsbereichen zum Einsatz: Work und Shop, Culture und Community, Hospitality, Living, Public und Contemplation. ERCO versteht digitales Licht als die vierte Dimension der Architektur - und unterstützt Planer dabei, ihre Projekte mit hochpräzisen, effizienten Lichtlösungen in die Realität zu überführen. Sollten Sie weiterführende Informationen zu ERCO oder Bildmaterial wünschen, besuchen Sie uns bitte auf Gerne liefern wir Ihnen auch Material zu Projekten weltweit für Ihre Berichterstattung.

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