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LED Lighting in Rehearsal/Performance Spaces

Dear Colleagues in Choral Conducting:
Does anyone have any experience working with LED lighting in rehearsal/performance areas in either secular or sacred settings?  The church where I serve as Music Director is considering updating/replacing our existing incandescent lighting with LED fixtures both in our choral rehearsal space as well as in our worship area.  Although our existing lighting is inadequate and we are looking forward to the improvements, I would like to hear from anyone who has had experience with LED or any other light source other than incandescent or florescent.  My limited experience with LED light technology gives me the impression that it is a rather cold sort of light, but it don't know if this would help or hinder my choir's ability to read the scores they are holding.  Our goal is to make things better, not worse, with this lighting upgrade.  Thank you!
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on March 25, 2015 5:25am
My experience has been with the recessed eyeball fixture that provides light over my piano at home.  As in my choir room, as I get older I am experiencing more difficulty in determining whether that accidental is a natural or a sharp. Some time ago I replaced an incandescent eyeball over my home office desk with an LED spotlight. The difference was amazing!  So last week I made the same kind of replacement over my piano, with similar positive results. I wish we could do the same thing in our choir room. A word of caution: By trial and error I learned that LEDs, like incandescents, come with many choices: dimmable or not, spotlight vs flood, warm or cold. I am now a happy camper at home, with warm, dimmable spotlights where needed. 
on March 27, 2015 4:27am
Thank you for your reply, David.  Can you tell my what type of LED bulb you selected after trial and error?  I'd appreciate knowing as many details as you can provide.  Thank you!
on March 26, 2015 2:40am
I am susceptible to migraines, and LED lighting triggers one almost every time.  I, personally, am hoping that LED is not the way lighting is headed.
on March 27, 2015 8:18am
I am dealing with some light issues in our sanctuary, one of them being color correction for live streaming (video) as we have a lot of ambient daylight in the room.  Lighting, coloration is quite technical. Consult with a professional lighting company, one that also does production (theater) lighting, for example
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