Classroom lighting has the potential to do more than simply brighten a space and improve the ability to see. Research indicates that well-planned classroom lighting solutions may have a positive influence on learning and well-being. And — as we work to make classroom lighting smarter and better for the learning environment — tunable LED lighting, intuitive controls and daylight harvesting are all part of our lesson plan. At Acuity Brands we can provide a networked system of lighting and controls designed to work seamlessly together.
Modern classrooms are continually evolving spaces, and the lighting should be able to adapt to changing needs. In choosing the best lighting for classrooms, important considerations include visual acuity, student comfort, energy efficiency, reduced maintenance costs and increased flexibility. The best solutions allow lighting to be aligned with activities.
In planning the ideal setting, keep these factors in mind:
A: Lighting does more than illuminate a space. Factors such as brightness (or intensity) and the color temperature of the light can actually impact engagement of the students, and even their mood and behavior. Basic considerations include avoiding fixtures with glare or uneven distribution. However, technology advancements make it easy to use lighting as a teaching tool to improve student engagement and proactively affect behavior in a positive way. Check out the information on tunable lighting to learn more!
A: Naturally, you want lighting that is low maintenance and energy efficient, but your list of criteria should not stop there. Since visual comfort is always important in classrooms, glare-free lighting with even distribution is needed. Controllability is also important. In fact, tunable LED lighting, user-friendly controls and daylighting are all valuable tools in modern classroom lighting.
A: The best lighting is lighting that has been chosen based upon the activities done in the space. Basic considerations for all lighting include avoiding fixtures with glare or uneven distribution. However, it’s best to avoid one-size-fits-all lighting for every space in a school. Many different activities are typically done in a K-12 classroom, so the lighting should be adaptable. At the simplest end of the spectrum, include dimming controls. For an ideal environment, choose tunable LED lighting.