Fort Meyers, FL – August 2017… New Hope Presbyterian Church (EPC) exists to teach and live the Gospel of Christ and be His Kingdom presence to one another throughout the community. With the recent completion of their new sanctuary, worshippers enjoy a beautiful, inspiring environment. To better ensure their services are engaging and meaningful to all who attend, church management elected to install projection equipment to better convey their message. After careful evaluation, projectors from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA-based Eiki International, Inc. were deployed.
Creative Sound and Lighting Solutions of Cape Coral, FL, an AV installation company that services the house of worship, education, entertainment park, and performance hall markets, was contracted to design the system and deploy the new equipment. After meeting with church management to ascertain their objectives, the team decided to install two Eiki EK-511W LCD projectors for the front and an EK-301W as a rear confidence monitor. Creative Sound co-owner Rob Robinson, who is actively involved in both the company’s sales and installation activities, discussed the project.
“With their new building, which had its first service on July 17, 2016, New Hope Presbyterian Church has a wonderful sanctuary,” Robinson reports. “Church management wanted to take advantage of projection technology to help engage and inspire their congregation. Their services are both traditional and contemporary, so the projectors are used to convey a wide range of content. They use ProPresenter, a church presentation software package designed to make high-quality worship experiences easy—and with this they can easily project lyrics, images, and video in a very compelling manner. They also have a full-time livestream person in the projection booth who can place any camera shot up on the screens. As a result, there is a lot of compelling imagery throughout services.”
The setup for the two front EK-511W projectors was no small challenge. These projectors are suspended from the lighting bars over the stage area to visually blend in and not attract attention. The Eiki EK-511W projector offers 7,500 ANSI lumens brightness with 80% uniformity and a 2500:1 contrast ratio, which was crucial to this installation because of ambient light conditions. For the rear confidence projector, the Eiki EK-301W proved an outstanding choice, thanks to its horizontal and vertical corner Keystone correction.
“The brightness of these EK-511W front projectors was crucial to the success of the installation,” Robinson explained. “With all the ambient light throughout the sanctuary, we needed serious lumens (brightness) to blast through to those 10-foot wide screens with a 22-foot throw. Equally notable, we had to mount the EK-301W rear projector very high. This projector was positioned a good 15 feet above the rear screen, but with the amazing corner correction in the unit, the imagery fits on the screen perfectly.”
With video projection technology, questions inevitably arise during most installations; so responsive, capable support services are crucial. When queried about Eiki’s support services, Robinson was very complimentary. “Steve Rubery, Eiki’s National Sales Manager, was my guiding hand on this project,” says Robinson. “Steve was always there on the other end of the phone when I had questions—even with the East Coast / West Coast time difference. He always makes certain that we’re covered.”
With the successful opening of services at New Hope Presbyterian Church’s new sanctuary, Robinson reports his client is very pleased with the Eiki projectors, “I’ve received numerous compliments from church management. Going from a single 2000 ANSI lumens projector to the new, dual projector setup was a significant upgrade. The images, videos, and other content on the screens is bright, vivid, and really grabs one’s attention—all of which makes their services that much more interesting. This new projector setup really positions them well for many years to come.”
To learn more about the services of Creative Sound and Lighting Solutions of Cape Coral, FL, visit the company’s website at www.creativesoundsolution.com or call 888-865-8195.