Kinetic Lighting: Offering Numerous Options For Design

The movement that can be created with kinetic lights isn’t found in any other production element. Large synchronized movements can be very impressive and feed into the energy of the room.

DMX hoists create a stunning visual as the worship team at Journey Church in Norman, Oklahoma, worships with the congregation as part of a Christmas 2016 performance at the church.

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Kinetic Lighting: Offering Numerous Options For Design

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Sadly, speaking from experience, it does not take long to learn to pay extra close attention to how much tension the hoist has at all times. When in use, the LED luminaire holds plenty of tension to keep the line taught. During installation, setup, and strike, the lift line is typically zip-tied to the motor hosing, to keep tension.

Some kinetic fixtures operate on a proprietary control system that has fail safes built directly into their protocol. These electronic signals (referred to as checksums) ensure that only the correct information is transmitted to the hoists.

When a checksum does not match the data the fixture should be getting, the entire data packet is discarded and no change in control happens. However, many fixtures do operate on DMX instead. This is a much easier way to control, manipulate, and integrate hoists within your design.

One thing to note is that DMX does not have a checksum, so in operation there is a chance that the hoist could receive incorrect information. The best way to prevent this issue is to ensure that the entire data chain for the system is set up using best practices for DMX wiring. The control setup should include a DMX data cable with the correct resistance, DMX termination, and limited fixtures being feed from an opto isolated splitter.

Along with this, it is best to limit the area access in proximity to the hoists. As with any item being rigged from a ceiling, people should not be located underneath during movement.

Since the hoists can technically move at any time, there should be a “safe zone” established onstage to ensure no one/nothing could potentially be harmed, if a failure were to occur.

Kinetic lighting opens a realm of possibilities in stage lighting! This unique element may not be right for every church, but in the right setting can be a visual tool that changes lives!

Want to see some DMX hoists in action? Visit ModScenes.

Looking to learn more, reach out to Steven via email: steven@modscenes.com.




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Steven Hall serves churches through his company ModScenes.com in Norman, Oklahoma. Mod Scenes creates easy-to-use stage designs that are affordable and flexible. Steven has worked in churches as a lighting director, production manager, and scenic designer for more than 10 years. He currently serves his home church Journeychurch.tv as a volunteer lighting tech. Steven is a graduate of Full Sail University. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with his wife, Sara, and son Dorian. You can reach Steven on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stevenhallav.
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Worship Facilities Magazine, March-April 2018
The March-April 2018 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers articles about how to prepare, prevent and respond to church violence, a look into what church management software can do for your church community, and a piece on how a once popular nightclub venue was transitioned to become Shoreline Church's new home.


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