St Mary’s Church, Thame

Light Perceptions

Origins: C13th, Additions C14th & C15th
Listed: Grade I
Simon Jenkins: ★★
Project Type: Interior Relighting Project
Project cost: circa £74,000 ex VAT and fees
Completed: October 2015
Case Study No: 3172

We are very pleased to announce the completion of a new lighting scheme at St Mary’s Church in Thame. The design replaces a theatrical halogen scheme from the 1980s with all LED downlighting in the nave, aisles and chancel.

Large pendants installed in the transepts by Murray and Maguire have been carefully refurbished and fitted with new LED lamps.

There is selective uplighting to key architectural features such as the crossing arches, nave roof and sanctuary. New spotlighting around the crossing enhances the use of this space for musical and other community uses.

Thame St Mary sits in a prominent position at the west end of this busy Oxfordshire town. The church is not only used for regular, and well attended worship, but is also the town’s busiest community venue.

The new lighting replaces a halogen scheme almost literally burnt out since its installation in the 1980s. It provides general light for all uses of the building as well is accent lighting for liturgy and extra lighting for the popular musical and other performances that are he church regularly hosts.

A simple preset system caters for most requirements but an iPad can be used for manual or last minute changes of requirements for special events and services.

Posted On: September 15, 2017