Thirty-five Robe moving lights have been installed in the newly converted St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Boca Raton, Florida. The venue is a former gymnasium, which is now a 650-seat venue for Christian artists and performers and an active house of worship. The space will also continue to serve as a gym for the church school’s athletics activities.
The fixtures were specified by Patrick Daniel Trombly, general manager of installers Zebedee Systems from Pompano Beach, Florida, and Robe America’s Tony Perez. Zebedee has installed similar systems in several other houses of worship and in this case they worked directly for the church.
Keeping in mind all the new modern technology standards, and the fact that people expect to see good lighting when they go out, Trombly decided that the venue needed cutting-edge production technology. He chose Robe moving lights for their flexibility, reliability, and price. Also important is the quiet operation of the fixtures. This was essential for a house of worship with regular Sunday morning church services that need lighting. The quality of the light, vibrancy of colors, and warm whites were also important.
Robe makes up the entire lighting rig, including 10 ColorSpot and 8 ColorWash 575ATs, picked for their expedient size. These are joined by five ColorMix 575ATs with an 86-degree lens, four each of the ColorSpot and ColorWash 250AT and four ColorMix 250ATs. They are controlled from a Robe Cyber Control. The lights are positioned across roof trusses over the stage (and over the basketball court) and are in constant use for all concerts, functions, services, and corporate events taking place at St. Paul’s.
The moving lights give the church the scope to transform the square room into three distinct sections. For the gymnasium, they use the ColorSpot and Wash 575ATs, for specials effects during basketball and volleyball games. They can create a colourful but natural and spiritual worship center on Sunday morning, and they can also convert the venue to a full-on concert facility.