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Canto USA’s RETRO Series Lights Up Cross City Church’s Worship Center

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The Cross City Church in Texas recently upgraded the lighting in its main worship center following three years of campus renovations. We spoke with Brad Powers, Media Director for Cross City Church, about their experience with the installation and performance thus far of the RETRO series.

What prompted you to upgrade your lighting? 

We had just finished three years of campus renovations, excluding our main worship center, and it quickly became apparent that our main worship center now looks like the oldest building in the church, when before it was the newest! Ever since the building opened in 1999, we’ve received occasional complaints about people not being able to see their bibles and notes, but the expense of correcting that has always been too high and labor intensive. When we finished the renovations, we began hearing more complaints about the uneven coverage and darkness of our worship center when the rest of our facility was saturated with bright daylight lighting. We’ve changed our worship styles over the past several years and really needed to modernize our lighting to complement that.

What made you choose Canto USA and the RETRO series for the job?

We discussed our goals, and the biggest goal was to have even and nondistracting house lighting. We decided against investing in RGB house lights and landed on just going with a smooth, dimmable white light. We reviewed several demos of products from different manufacturers, but the RETRO series offered the simplest solution. With the RETRO we could simply swap out the lamp and do some basic updates to our current dimming system. We could use our existing housings in their current positions, existing wiring, and most of our existing ETC dimming system. This quickly became more cost-effective due to the simplicity of the work.

What were some of the challenges?

We struggled with what brighter lighting would reveal in our aging auditorium. That’s a real thing! Since we didn’t desire to have color-changing house lights, we had many discussions about what color temperature would look best. Canto USA graciously made several demo units of custom color temperatures for us to see in our space. Gemini, a Live Events company, based in Dallas and Jason with Horton Controls were there for us every step of the way. We ended up going with 4000k. The installation process went relatively smoothly and quickly once we had everything we needed. They originally gave us PAR64 adapters when we needed PAR56, but they quickly overnighted the parts and kept us on schedule.

What were some of the customizations that had to be done?

We sent Canto USA a spare house light fixture we had in storage for them to evaluate and see if they could adapt it for us. The joy of this install was the minimal need to retrofit our hardware. Canto USA provided the custom part that fit into our house light fixture and held the new LED light. We could use all existing wiring and dimming. We did end up updating the ETC Sensor Rack electronics so we could have better customization of our dimming curves.

How long did the installation take?

When everything arrived on site, installation took just under five days with only one boom lift. There was additional work on our dimmers that was done the following week, but the lights worked with our old system for that one weekend.

What was everybody’s initial reaction when the job was done? 

Our worship center has been completely transformed! It’s way brighter than before and has become a much more welcoming place to enter to worship and learn. Our custodial crew put in overtime after this installation because you could see all the imperfections in the room! These lights are so bright we run them at about 45% at the brightest point in our service.

How does everybody feel about how the RETRO is performing in the space?

Once we ironed out the dimming curve settings, they’ve been wonderful fixtures and very reliable. We’ve only had one fixture fail, but it started working on its own again. We do occasionally see brightness flutters when they’re dimmed at 30-50%, but that could totally be bad voltage coming into the building.

Have you seen any energy savings yet? 

We are waiting to hear back from our admin, but we did apply for a rebate with our utility provider and received a return. We went from using 78,000 watts of house lights to 11,232 watts after the upgrade! 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Canto USA has been a great vendor for us – always available to give answers and resources to help us find the right solution for our space. We’ve been extremely happy with our experience on this project – with Canto USAGemini, and Horton Controls. I wish we would’ve considered this for our smaller worship space as well. It’s the perfect solution for us.

Brad, thanks for talking with us about your experience with our product.

RM Multimedia to Distribute Canto USA International Products

Canto USA International, a world leader in direct mains voltage retrofit solutions for high-power LED lighting, is pleased to announce that we have entered into a strategic agreement with RM Multimedia. Effective February 1st, 2024, RM Multimedia is appointed Canto USA International’s exclusive new distributor for Italy, San Marino, and Vatican City for our RETRO Series LED retrofit house lights and theatrical lighting product.

We are confident that our new distributor partnership with RM Multimedia for LED retrofits will provide our customers with outstanding quality and exceptional customer service. It will also allow us to achieve strong supply chains by consistently providing them with Canto USA International’s innovative RETRO Series lights and theatrical product line.

“We are excited about this new collaboration, which we believe can be profitable for both our companies,” said Paolo Dozzo, CCO of RM Multimedia.

“We are thrilled to close a distribution partnership with one of the leading distribution companies for the Italian market,” said a Canto USA International spokesperson. “Canto USA International and RM Multimedia share the same passion for quality and attention to customer needs. Coming to this agreement was a natural process.”

RM Multimedia specializes in the trade of technologies for shows, set-ups, and theater design. It distributes professional products exclusively dedicated to lighting and video, alongside sales technical assistance and training services for Italy. RM Multimedia is on the national territory with a support network of trained and available commercial agents who follow local customers at every stage of the sales process. Added to all this is the undisputed quality of the brands, making RM Multimedia a point of reference in the Italian market.

More information about RM Multimedia can be found at: https://www.rmmultimedia.it
info@rmmultimedia.it
Tel: +39 0541 833103 
FAX: +39 0541 833074

The RETRO Series Line of Products

RETRO-Fusion™ 2.0 

With the RETRO-Fusion 2.0 being lighter and lower profile, along with a beveled top edge, it is able to squeeze into more shallow fixtures without having the lens protrude from the front of the trim ring. That reduces any type of glare. Now featuring field-swappable bases and a removable safety cable. This new design opens up more opportunities and applications.

RETRO-Passive® 2.0

Being fanless, the RETRO-Passive 2.0 is perfect for sound-sensitive spaces like museums and concert halls. They also have heavier heat sinks to compensate for not having active cooling.

RETRO-HPL Series Availability

The RETRO-HPL is a direct replacement for existing Source 4 PARs in the marketplace, especially those used for house lights.

About Canto USA

Founded in 2013, Canto USA is a manufacturer of houselight retrofits and followspots. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to our mission: “Our customers come first. In order to do this, we continuously train our team on the latest trends and needs of the industry, while at the same time becoming a trendsetter in the development of new products and technology that no other company has available.” 

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Save for a Brighter Future

When our customers are looking for an upgrade to their existing lighting system, we often recommend our RETRO series. They can be used as a direct replacement of existing lamps and ordered in custom or standard mounting options. They are also professional performance grade 0-100% phase dimmable (forward and reverse) and can be integrated with current lighting systems to utilize existing electrical infrastructures in place. Furthermore, all our RETRO LED’s are Energy Star Certified, providing users with energy cost savings as well as rebates offered by local power companies. Let’s take a closer look at how much energy savings can be achieved by making the switch to our RETRO 500. 

A typical auditorium facility may be fitted with a 500 watt incandescent lamp (based on an average ceiling height of 25 feet). Canto USA recommends replacing this with a RETRO 500, which provides a brighter lumen output at a lower power output (49 watts for the RETRO 500 vs. 500 watts for the incandescent lamp). If we assume a typical auditorium requires 20 light fixtures that are in use for 15 hours/week, we are looking at energy savings of 7,035.6KWH/year, which equates to approximately $844.27 in cost savings per year. 

This cost savings is not inclusive of rebates or maintenance costs (lift rental, labor, lamp carrying costs, etc…), which amount to significant savings on the back end annually. All our RETRO’s can easily be installed in-house without the need to hire an electrical contractor in most cases. Each LED fixture provides 54,000 hours of light source removing the need for annual lamp replacements as well. The ease of installation and maintenance minimizes the disruption of potential facility downtime. 

As such, our customers are always happy when making the switch to our RETRO LED’s, which contribute to substantial energy reduction, lower maintenance and ongoing costs, and improved quality of lighting, all of which cannot be found in your typical store-bought lighting products. 

Want to learn more about Canto USA’s RETRO Series? 

The RETRO Series Line of Products

RETRO-Fusion™ 2.0 

With the RETRO-Fusion 2.0 being lighter and lower profile, along with a beveled top edge, it is able to squeeze into more shallow fixtures without having the lens protrude from the front of the trim ring. That reduces any type of glare. Now featuring field-swappable bases and a removable safety cable. This new design opens up more opportunities and applications.

RETRO-Passive® 2.0

Being fanless, the RETRO-Passive 2.0 is perfect for sound-sensitive spaces like museums and concert halls. They also have heavier heat sinks to compensate for not having active cooling.

RETRO-HPL Series Availability

The RETRO-HPL is a direct replacement for existing Source 4 PARs in the marketplace, especially those used for house lights.

About Canto USA

Founded in 2013, Canto USA is a manufacturer of houselight retrofits and followspots. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to our mission: “Our customers come first. In order to do this, we continuously train our team on the latest trends and needs of the industry, while at the same time becoming a trendsetter in the development of new products and technology that no other company has available.” 

Have a custom job we did for you and want to be featured in one of our blogs articles?