Providing the best environment for student success and the best atmosphere for student living are key priorities for a college campus. The right lighting can enhance students’ feelings of safety and aid them in performing varied tasks, and studies have shown it can even boost learning and classroom engagement. Acuity Brands has university and college lighting solutions for every need from small classrooms to large auditoriums, from student dormitories to staff offices, from libraries to gymnasiums, and from parking garages to campus streets.
Energy can be a huge cost on a university campus, with lighting making up a major portion of that expense. Acuity Brands has helped colleges and universities reduce energy consumption as much as 40% to 90% in specific applications. Our array of indoor and outdoor luminaires and controls provides cost-effective, energy-efficient university lighting solutions.
Our solutions for college campus lighting include:
A: Lighting that is uniformly distributed, without hot spots and dark areas, allows everyone to see better at night. Well-lit areas present a less enticing target to would-be thieves and vandals, especially when combined with security cameras that can capture clearer imagery of illuminated areas. Another factor to consider is the color rendering (CRI) of the lighting. Lighting with a high CRI will allow you – and the security cameras – to see color more accurately. It’s important to note that use of controls to dim the lighting when no motion is detected can allow you to minimize energy consumption while still providing a well-lit nighttime environment when people are present.
A: People feel safer when they can see the area around them clearly. The closer this visual acuity can be to daylight viewing, the better! This can be accomplished by delivering bright and evenly distributed lighting with accurate color rendering. Avoid outdoor lighting that creates deep areas of shadows or casts everything in a yellow light.
A: Create a nighttime environment that discourages crimes like theft, vandalism and personal attacks by brightly illuminating all public areas. How can you do this without increasing your energy consumption? Choose efficient LED light fixtures and incorporate controls that dim the lighting until presence is detected, and then dim again when the area becomes vacant. LEDs provide the added benefit of a long useful life, avoiding dark patches due to “burnt out” lights and reducing maintenance costs.