Environment is part of the learning
experience. Lighting in schools plays an important role. School lighting systems that deliver easily controlled, quality lighting have a positive impact on both teachers and students.
School gymnasiums present some definite lighting challenges. Obvious ones include high ceilings and high-impact uses.
But gyms are often used for much more than athletic activities and sports events. They are frequently multipurpose spaces, serving as auditoriums, assembly halls, cafeterias and even community meeting spaces. Lighting needs vary based on the activity: high intensity for a sports event but lower ambient lighting for a ceremony or presentation.
Gym lighting must be flexible to meet the requirements of the different activities and to serve the varying needs of participants and spectators. And, of course, gym lights must be rugged enough to withstand the impact of hard-flung balls that go astray.
The high ceilings in gymnasiums present challenges in lighting maintenance and associated costs. Long-life LED high bays are a natural solution, virtually eliminating the need for maintenance. In addition, LEDs deliver full output without a warm-up delay, and their uniform illumination and easy controlability make them perfect for gym lighting.
Acuity Brands offers LED gym lighting solutions that include integrated controls to maximize energy savings and to change intensity for varying needs. Efficient but rugged LED gym lights are teamed with a user-friendly control network for dimming and zoning by fixture group.
Daylighting can be another important component of a gym lighting solution. By using natural light from the sun, skylights can reduce or eliminate the need for electric lighting during the daytime, further increasing energy savings.
Chicago-Area School District Lights Up its Learning Environment with LED Luminaires
Community Consolidated School District 59, in a suburb of Chicago, set out to improve the overall learning environment in its schools. Providing teachers with control of the classroom environment was a top goal of specifying a new lighting and controls system. Energy savings would be a bonus.