More on Lighting

I figured I’d update my previous post on lighting at Journey, since I have done much more with it since October of 2008.

Now we have 6 Source IV Jrs up for front light – two on each of the three zones (left, center, and right). We also have 8 stationary white & amber LEDs (Elation Design LED 36WA), 6 moving head RGB LEDs (Elation Design LED 36MH) – 2 of which light the side scrims on the stage and 4 which are front lights, and 5 stationary RGB LEDs (Elation ELED Tri 64B) – 4 of which light the center scrim on the stage and 1 which is front light. We are also backlighting the pastor with 3 more Source IV Jrs. Finally, we have two scrim columns off stage that are light by 4 stationary RGB LEDs (American DJ Par 64) – 2 up and 2 down.

All of this runs from a DMX splitter/amplifier (Fleenor 125 – 5 outputs all in 5 wire DMX adapted to 3 – long story) that is wired to our LanBox that can be programmed or controlled via Mac or PC and also controlled via MIDI (we use a Kenton Control Freak Studio 16 slider controller).

All this sounds very complicated and it is to set up but allows our CG Operator to change light settings with literally the push of a button. This is great since he or she is also running ProPresenter simultaneously. We may go with a different method in the future but this definitely works simply and easily for our awesome volunteers to run on the weekends.

DMX Cables vs. Microphone Cables

So, after an all-nighter Friday night with Alex, Tanner, Lance, Paul, Matt, Smooth, and Tim reprogramming all the lights and a half-nighter (new word?) Saturday with Smooth rerunning a ton of cables. The reason for all this work turned out to be related to using microphone cables instead of DMX cables. We would get intermittent strobing on the LED lighting and random movement on the moving head LEDs. Since replacing the cables (and making the run way shorter), we haven’t had a single glitch. Ah, the joys of cables.


Today at Journey we had two Source IV lights installed. This is in addition to all of our current light, which is all LED. We now have two Source IVs, 8 white & amber LEDs (non-moving), 4 moving head RGB LEDs, and 1 RGB LED (non-moving). We also backlight some scrim, but still aren’t backlighting (or uplighting) the pastor. We’re definitely moving in the right direction with lighting for video – especially thinking through what this means as we launch video-driven campuses all across Raleigh to reach people for Christ!

Edit: I’ve been informed by Alex that “We actually have 6 RGB Moving-Head LED’s and 5 Stationary RGB LED’s in addition to the other lights you mentioned. They are hiding behind of the scrim and on the floor.” Just so you know.