Saint Seraphim Sarovsky Orthodox Cathedral illumination project

Saint Seraphim Sarovsky Orthodox Cathedral illumination project was completed by orthodox Easter in Brest (Belarus). Due to the modern LED lighting illumination the cathedral becomes transformed: sparkling, radiating with beauty building charms and creates the impression of lightness and solemnity at the same time. The parishioners present, when the illumination was turned on for the first time, had a feeling as if the cathedral had soared into the sky.

Project description

The concept of the illumination is to create a harmonious, bright, grand image of the cathedral. The project, from the pre-preparation to the inauguration, took just over 3 months to complete. During the design stage special attention was paid to the visualization of illumination. Computer simulation was combined with trial on location – luminaires were tested on the most questionable parts of the facade. As a result, the illumination project almost perfectly coincides with the real image.

Cold white series "Q" LED lamps were used in the project, colour temperature T = 6 300 K. It is the cold white light, emphasizing the white colour of the pilasters, which creates the special effect of glow and stateliness. The pilaster emphasis, created by a narrow (10°) bottom-up light beam, visually lightens the illuminated image of the building and creates scope. The luminaires are installed approximately 1 meter above the surface, which in combination with pilasters detailed background, creates an amazing effect that the cathedral is soaring into the sky.
The belfry attracts one’s attention with even, quite luminescence. This effect is created by the luminaires with a wide (40°) light beam.

The cathedral crosses are illuminated from beneath by powerful  LED power lamps Cave Lighting  “QP” series installed on lampposts.

The luminaires used in the project are diminutive. They don’t deform the building and are practically invisible during the day-time.

107 LED lamp luminaires, with the power of 3W and 12W, were used in the project. Power consumption of the complete system of architectural illumination of the cathedral is approximately 400W with the maximum brightness of luminescence. The energy consumed by the whole system of illumination can be compared to the power consumption of 3 or 4 usual incandescent lamps. The illumination is controlled by an automatic control system which turns on at night and turns off at daylight without human monitoring.

We can make a long story describing the project and the work done – draw the plans of luminaire installation, describe the control system, prove the benefits of LED lamp illumination, talk about energy conservation…
Of course this is all very important...
However, the most important thing is how the cathedral became transformed due to the illumination. The feelings and emotions of the parishioners and passer-byes are more important – the impression of extraordinary lightness, solemnity, mysteriousness and grandeur. The charming beauty of the cathedral radiating with warmth which attracts your attention and makes you stop, is of greater significance.

In July 2008 a pilot project of illumination was performed - the illumination of the Sunday school situated next to the cathedral. The detailed background lightning of the building lines, created by the cold white series "Q" LED lamps of light, helped to create a weightless airy light image of an ordinary building. Thanks to this "light veil" the school got its second name among the parishioners – "Chrystal House".

The next and final development stage will be the landscape illumination of the cathedral neighborhood.