Education facilities such as primary schools, secondary schools and universities all have their own unique lighting challenges. Lighting a classroom environment requires the evaluation of natural light available from windows, consideration of tasks being carried out and the integration of technology used within schools. Computers, electronic whiteboards and other surfaces need to be considered within the overall lighting strategy to ensure visual clarity. Carefully chosen lighting products can create an environment that promotes student performance and overall wellbeing.
In areas where presentations will be made on large television screen or electronic whiteboard it is essential to choose light fittings with a dimming feature to maximise usability. Dimming can also mitigate glare and the eye strain that can be caused by prolonged screen use.
Lifespan, Maintenance & Energy Savings
When specifying lighting in a school, LED light fittings offer savings for both cost and maintenance. With a lifespan of 10,000 hours LED lights need to be replaced less often than traditional fluorescent lights. In contrast to the fluorescent lighting used in classrooms, LED lights require less energy to run and do not have pesky flicker issues.
The method of mounting lights in schools will depend on a number of factors including the use of the space and the room height.
Depending on the height of the ceiling and fitting type, surface mounting is a great way to achieve effective lighting in classrooms, offices and general spaces around a school. Surface mounting is economical, creates even illumination and does not draw attention.
For spaces with high ceilings, suspended light fittings compliment a contemporary design. The architectural nature of suspended lighting bridges the gap between form and function. In study areas, the fittings can be lowered closer to the table surface providing concentrated light in which students can perform their work. These lights create a modern look and may improve overall student performance and morale.
Warm white lighting (2000K – 3000K) has a smooth and relaxing feeling. It is more appropriate for use in lower activity areas such as bathrooms or locker rooms to create a calming environment.
Cool white lighting (3100K – 4500K) has an intense and vibrant white colour. Cool white light is best used in more task-oriented areas such as desks and computers. Cool temperatures promote alertness and concentration for activities such as reading.
Colour Rendering Index
Colour rendering refers to the way that a light source impacts the way a colour is seen by the human eye and how colour variations and shades are interpreted. The Colour Rendering Index or CRI is a scale from 1 to 100.
As there are a diverse range of spaces within a school, we recommend engaging in one of our lighting designers to get the best colour rendering results and achieve an overall space that enhances students’ learning.