Pacific CDMs with Dowser solution for the Washington National Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, more commonly known as the Washington National Cathedral is an iconic testament to the history of the United States of America and welcomes more than 700,000 visitors and worshipers annually.

An upgrade of the High Altar lighting saw Parlights Inc. specify and install Selecon Pacific ellipsoidal spotlights equipped with both the CDM lamp housing and an integrated Pacific Dowser accessory which allows for dimming and controlling light levels. The High Altar is kept illuminated 24-7 and the Selecon luminaires were chosen to deal with existing problems of short lamp life and poor quality of lighting for television and video.

CDM Master Color arc-amps were chosen as the light source for the project because of their high color rendering, ideal for video and television production and long lamp life (approx. 10,000 hours) effectively solving the Cathedral's problems of light.  The Selecon CDM luminaires offer the additional advantage of minimising the visual impact of the equipment as the Pacific Dowser assembly mounts directly into the modular-based Pacific luminaire.

This installation not only demonstrates the right tool for the job but is proof of Selecon's low cost of ownership promise with a reduction in costs for lamps and a technician's time and eliminating the expense of hiring in supplemental lighting which used to be needed when the Cathedral hosted one of its many televised events.


Client Washington National Cathedral
Lighting Specification and Installation Parlights Inc.

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