Churches are increasingly moving away from projectors and embracing LED displays. A good case in point is Perimeter Church, a 5000-member worship community located on a 100-acre campus in Johns Creek, Georgia. Perimeter recently renovated its sanctuary with three NanoSlim displays from NanoLumens.
Perimeter Church’s sanctuary offers 2305 seats and a stage bordered by floor-to-ceiling windows. With projectors, the large windows had to be covered during sermons to maintain a decent projected image. Perimeter’s Director of Technical Ministry, Steve Simmons, determined that replacing the two side projectors with thin, lightweight, floating LED displays would allow for natural light to brighten the main sanctuary during the day. Adding a centre LED screen would help the younger, millennial members of congregation improve comprehension and retention of sermon points. The church turned to NanoLumens to design and install three versatile NanoSlim solutions for the space.
LED technology was the best choice for the Perimeter Church. “Rear projection takes up too much valuable stage space and interferes with back lighting of musicians, talent and set pieces,” Simmons explained. “And unless there is enough fly space or ceiling height, front projection creates beams that, when passing through people and stage elements, create shadows. The NanoLumens LED display solutions not only overcome these problems, but also has many added benefits.”
The new LED solution needed to be bright enough to outdo the sun without showing a glare. Two floating 19ft x 11ft NanoSlim Engage 2.5mm pixel-pitch solutions were installed on either side of the sanctuary stage and one 40ft x 20ft 6mm NanoSlim solution was installed behind the stage — introducing a dramatic new visual element to the sanctuary.
According to NanoLumens Southeast Regional Sales Director Arch Nelson, “The NanoSlim LED displays are so much cleaner and brighter than the previous technology. The images shown on each solution during services and other events are visibly more vibrant, enhancing the overall atmosphere of the sanctuary. For example, each pixel can play a combination of 16 million colours. The three NanoLumens solutions are changing the way Perimeter Church conceives of and performs all of its services and special events.”
Historically, many houses of worship have resisted installing LED display technology because of cost, according to Nelson.
Nelson says the cost of LED technology has been the primary deterrent for houses of worship in the past. That situation is changing in part because the total overall cost of LED display ownership is dropping, and because architects are designing new houses of worship with true windows, not stained glass. “If churches want to be able to unite their sanctuary with nature on a beautiful day, they can’t use projection or any other technology besides LED,” Nelson added.
The new technology system has been very well received by the congregation. When the first two NanoLumens solutions were introduced to Perimeter Church’s congregation on Palm Sunday this year, the curtains were up and light was shining throughout the sanctuary. “It was definitely a service to remember,” Nelson concluded.