Churchgoers see the light – thanks to LEDs

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The parish church in Great Horwood is going green by introducing environmentally friendly lighting.

The new LEDs, installed by local company Homewatt, will complement the 14th century architecture at St James’ Church.

David Brazier, church treasurer, explained the church was keen to invest in more economical lighting with the new LEDs reducing electricity usage by 85 per cent.

Bridget Clifford, business development manager for Homewatt, said: “While the fitting of LEDs in St James’ was straightforward, reconciling the various lighting demands of any old building can be a challenge.

“The lighting needs to address function and practicality, without compromising aesthetics and atmosphere.

“There is a lot to consider, particularly in older churches where there is often little natural daylight and high ceilings.”