Over the past year, West Hill has had most of its fluorescent lights upgraded through a government program. You’ve likely not noticed because the work was done while few people were in the building. But if you were looking at our electrical bills, you’d probably already see a difference.
Still, there is much to be done. Over the course of the next several months, the property team will be retrofitting the lights in the auditorium. While dismantling the drop ceiling and fastening the light fixtures to the underside of the Gathering Hall floor, volunteers will install dimmable T8 ballasts. The project will continue to reduce our electrical consumption while creating a more pleasurable space for social events.
In the past, we’ve had wire cages wrapped around the lights to protect them from stray balls tossed by over-exuberant children. We’d still like to protect them, but we’re hoping to do it in a more attractive way. Beginning on March 12th, we’ll get together in the afternoon to upcycle PET bottles and create attractive covers that can easily be removed to allow the lights to be maintained.
PET bottles are plastic bottles that are excellent for recycling. Most pop and water bottles are now manufactured of PET plastic. The project we’re undertaking will use clear bottles which will be attached to a form and then installed on the ceiling.
If you’re interested in participating in a meaningful conversation while fashioning bottles for use in this project, please join us on Thursday afternoons in the back lounge - gretta’s former office. We’ll create the pieces we need first and then attach them to the forms as the lights are upgraded and the covers are needed for installation.
Even if you don’t consider yourself crafty, you can help by collecting clear PET bottles for our use. We expect that we will need hundreds if not thousands of them. Collect them from your gym, your neighbours, your workplace, and bring them to the church where we will make them into something beautiful and lasting! (Note! Please do not consume more beverages in PET bottles than you normally do! There are plenty of bottle out there to be recovered for this project!)
Here’s a look at a fixture made with upcycled PET bottles in a style similar to what we will be making.