Premier Lighting Case Study: Faith Lutheran LED Sanctuary Retrofit


Customer Profile:

Faith Lutheran Church in Forest Lake, MN was founded in 1888 by “fifteen Swedish families and one Norwegian family”. The original church, built in 1892, burned in 1960 and was a total loss. A new church was built and opened for worship in 1962. The sanctuary with stained glass and wood accents is the center of the facility.



Faith Lutheran has long been a customer of Premier Lighting. For several years we have discussed retrofitting the altar area track lighting with LED lamps to save energy, maintenance and improve lighting for worship leaders and the church choir. Just in time for Christmas, the project was completed. An articulating lift was required for installation due to the altar location and elevated chancel.

incandescent track lights at church

Before: Old Incandescent Track Light Bulbs

New white LED track lighting at a church sanctuary

After: New LED Track Lighting


120W halogen PAR 38 lamps were replaced with 17W LED lamps. The rebate from Xcel Energy covered about 35% of the project cost. And with a one-year payback, the church also is realizing an 86% energy savings. Said one choir member, “now I can see my music, so I don’t have that excuse anymore”!


  • Reduced Energy Usage
  • Increased Light Quality
  • Increased Light Levels
  • Improved Quality Control
  • Longer Lasting Products = Reduced Maintenance Costs
  • Light Level and Color Uniformity
  • Consolidated Product
  • Enhanced Image
  • Reduced Environmental Impact
  • Leveraged Rebates

Premier Lighting:

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