K-12 School Lighting

School lighting systems that deliver easily controlled, quality lighting can positively impact the learning environment for students and teachers.

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School Lighting That Supports Objectives

Research indicates that lighting in schools can affect student performance, engagement and mood and that task-appropriate lighting can have a positive impact in the classroom. School lighting upgrades can favorably affect budgets too. Upgrading school light fixtures and adding controls can significantly reduce energy costs. Everyone wins when lighting solutions not only help create an optimized learning environment but also reduce energy use, lower maintenance costs, and comply with codes and budgets.


Total Solutions for Lighting in Schools

Acuity Brands has a long, strong history of lighting for schools. We know the needs. We deliver on ease of installation, cost competitiveness and comprehensive school lighting solutions. But we can go even further. Integrated controls for lighting, HVAC and security systems add value across the facility for full building management and greater optimization.

School lighting solutions from Acuity Brands provide:

  • An extensive selection of interior and exterior luminaires

  • High-performance lighting with low total-lifecycle costs

  • Tunable white lighting that can be adjusted to fit the activity

  • Daylighting, controls and full-building-management options

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School Lighting for Evolving Spaces

Just as the modern school must serve an ever-increasing and diverse array of activities and stakeholders, so must school lighting be able to meet the varying requirements of those different activities. Today’s classrooms, cafeterias and gymnasiums must be flexible, and lighting in these spaces must be able to easily adapt and change as activities change.

Lighting in schools must be able to serve these needs and more:

  • Testing, reading, lectures and work groups

  • Audiovisual presentations and laptop study sessions

  • Physical education and sports activities

  • Community meetings and special school programs


K-12 School Lighting Resources

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Another happily-ever-after, real-life story of Tunable White lighting in the classroom
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Real Benefits of Tunable White Lighting in a Classroom: Hear it from the Teacher, Principal, & Kids
Discussing Tunable White Lighting for the Classroom

Featured Products

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BLT nTune

Lithonia Lighting®
Lithonia Lighting® and Acuity Controls™ bring lighting adaptability in an easy-to-use plug & play platform. With simple elegance, nLight delivers dimming and color tuning effects at the touch of a button.

Cerra 10

A classic design available in LED, the Cerra 10 LED is an architectural suspended luminaire delivering high-quality and visually comfortable illumination.


Lithonia Lighting®
The BLTR Series provides quick, easy installation into most existing luminaires. It provides look, feel and performance of a full fixture replacement at a fraction of the cost – reducing installation cost and materials.

nLight AIR

Acuity Controls™
nLight Air is a secure, high-performance wireless platform designed for integration into various lighting controls applications that seamlessly connect both indoor and outdoor lighting systems to Smart Building Ready solutions.

Unified Building Control

Distech Controls™
Wouldn't it be Easier if your HVAC and lighting systems worked together, in harmony?

K-12 School Applications

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Smart lighting solutions can be a valuable tool in the modern classroom — saving energy and enhancing the learning environment.
Lighting solutions that support the multiuse nature of school libraries — from quiet reading to group collaboration — win here.
Corridor & Stairwell
Glare-free lighting with even, shadow-free distribution helps make corridors a comfortable path between classes.              
Gym solutions combine user-friendly controls with efficient but rugged luminaires, able to withstand whatever gets thrown at them.
Luminaires with an integrated control system deliver a flexible solution that can be as simple or dramatic as need be.
Solutions with networked controls that can optimize energy use and easily change effects meet both practical and aesthetic needs.
Total Building Management
Our smart platform leverages the internet of things to unify, control and monitor building systems and analyze performance.
Luminaires and controls designed and certified to operate safely in a wet and warm environment provide the ideal pool solution.

A: All LED lighting is not created the same. Since it’s relatively easy to build an LED lighting fixture (as compared to a fluorescent lighting fixture), a lot of new suppliers have entered the market. The first thing to consider is a supplier’s history. Have they stood the test of time? Are they lighting experts or just putting components together? This is especially important with LEDs because a poor design can actually produce lighting with more glare and poorer lighting performance than fluorescent.

Once you’ve done your homework on a supplier, look for LED lighting in the color temperature that is right for the specific space. For example, gymnasium lighting should generally be cooler for better visual acuity and alertness. Library lighting may be a warmer or neutral color temperature for quiet activities like individual reading. To facilitate the multiuse nature of most education spaces, choose tunable white lighting, which allows you to easily change the color temperature to align with each activity. The most important thing is that all elements of your solution simply work together. Look for the A+ logo for assurance that the lighting and controls are compatible and will perform together as expected, right out of the box.

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