Josh Ferris at Praise Christian Center in Beaumont, Texas brings us this awesome use of leftover chandeliers. (originally posted August 2011)
They actually borrowed the idea from the Seeds Conference at Church On The Move in Tulsa.
They were going to rent the fixtures, but ended up buying them from Overstock.com, a local construction material liquidator, and Michaels (craft store).
Once electrical loads were figured, they decided to split the fixtures into 2 circuits – stage left & stage right. The circuits terminated at a basic 4 channel, 1000w DMX dimmer hidden on the floor against the upstage wall. Then they hung all fixtures with rated aircraft cable or black chain. The mounting points were rated purlin clamps.
Mitzi Richardson, lead stage designer, designed and laid out the fixtures ahead of time. Then they adjusted the heights of the fixtures during installation.
The whole thing took two days (crew of 4 + designers) with a final cost of about $1,500. In a couple months they’ll sell the fixtures and hopefully recoup around half their cost.