School lightingHow to create a better learning environment
The future is shaped by the choices we make today. This is especially true in our schools. Proper lighting provides students and teachers with an environment where it's easy to thrive.
Why is quality lighting is so important
The light in our environment affects our energy level, mood, circadian rhythm, and health. The right light solution helps students focus and feel energized throughout the day. This in turn leads to improved confidence and motivation over time.
The right light at the right times leads to improved well-being and a better mood for both students and teachers. Energized students find it easier to engage and socialize, creating a better classroom environment and a better relationship between students and teachers.
Reduced power consumption
High-quality fittings and smart control solutions provide the best possible combination of durability, efficiency and intelligent power consumption. High-end fittings have a long life expectancy and are completely maintenance-free. The right combination of sensors and manual controls ensures that the light is only on when it’s needed and that costs are reduced to a minimum.
Modern classrooms are used for a wide variety of activities and modes of learning. An ideal lighting solution must provide the best possible light for teaching on a blackboard or whiteboard, for using a projector, for working or reading on desks, for using personal screens and for working in groups.
To provide the best possible learning environment, we recommend Human Centric Lighting solutions that automatically adjusts the light throughout the day. These solutions provide more and whiter light at the start of the day and after recess. This mimics natural daylight and helps students wake up and stay focussed. The teacher can also activate a “test-lighting” to help students do their best during tests.
Dedicated fittings should provide presentation lighting when the teacher is using the blackboard or whiteboard. Additional directed light ensures that everyone can follow the class and makes it easier to maintain eye contact with the teacher. The ability to dim the lights helps prevent glare and is critical when using a projector or screen.
Light suited for visual learning is especially important in classrooms used by younger students. Accurate color rendering makes watching and creating images and shapes more stimulating and more direct light creates distinct shadows that make it easier to perceive shapes and sizes. In higher grades, more diffuses light reduces glare and reflections and makes it easier to read by increasing contrast.
Sensors and automated control systems help minimize energy consumption by turning off light when the room is not in use.
Auditoriums are used in the same ways as classrooms, only on a larger scale, with higher ceilings and longer distances. By design, many auditoriums also have limited access to natural light.
An ideal lighting solution must provide adequate light for regular teaching, for video or projector sessions with dimmed light. During regular classes, there must be enough light on all work surfaces to allow students to take notes, to follow along on handouts and for teachers and students to maintain eye contact.
Many auditoriums are also used for lectures, performances and adult education and lighting solutions must be able to provide enough light for audiences of all ages.
Nursery schools and activity rooms
Lighting in nursery schools and activity rooms must be designed to aid play, visual communication, and other activities like crafting, drawing, and painting. Accurate color rendering and enough direct light to create distinct shadows ensure that the environment comes alive and helps children perceive colors, shapes, sizes, and distances.
Eye contact, facial expressions and body language are vital for communication, bonding and a sense of security and the light must provide a safe environment for exploration and growth.
Automated and manual control solutions can adjust the light throughout the day, allow the light to be dimmed during naptime and reduce consumption by turning off all light when no one is present.
Libraries and study areas
Libraries and study areas are used both for individual and group work and for reading and writing both on paper and on a computer or tablet. In areas intended for reading and studying there should be 500 lux on all work surfaces. The glare and reflections from screens should be as low as possible and the color rendering should be at least 80 RA to ensure that photographs, images and art come to life as they should.
Asymmetric lighting and sufficient vertical luminance make it easy to find the right titles, both on the highest and the lowest shelves.
Entrance areas should be designed to be inviting. During the day, slightly higher light levels help ease the transition from natural to artificial light. In the afternoon and evening, the light level can be reduced. Daylight sensors and other intelligent control solutions are a good way to help optimize the light.
If the entrance area is also used as a reception, exhibition and assembly area, the lighting solution should be designed with this in mind. Separate sections and directed light can be considered.
Hallways and stairwells
Hallways and stairwells are crucial for the efficient movement of students and teachers from one room to another. The lighting solution must provide enough light to make this movement efficient and safe, while providing a pleasant and inviting atmosphere.
Long corridors require higher light levels to help students and teachers see each other and maintain eye contact over larger distances. The lighting should compensate for varying access to natural light from windows, and ensure uniform light levels throughout.
Hallways and stairwells are also a primary are for socializing, and are used to display information, student works and art. Diffused light with adequate color rendering and low glare help ensure that everything is represented as it should.
Corridors are also crucial during emergencies and escape routes with safety lighting must be well planned out.
Sports halls are used for a number of different activities, many of which require different light levels. Larger sports halls can also often be divided up in several sections, and it’s important that the lighting in each section can be controlled separately. When the entire hall is used, the light should be even throughout. The lighting should always be designed for the most demanding application. Many activities and sports also require those participating to look up towards the ceiling, and minimizing glare is an important consideration.
Sports halls are often also used for non-sports related events and the lighting solutions should be designed with this in mind. Dedicated lighting for a stage or presentation area that can be controlled separately increases flexibility.
Fittings in sports halls may be hit with balls or other equipment and should have a sufficient IK rating to withstand repeated impacts. Fittings should also be designed to not collect dust since the high ceilings make them more challenging to clean.
Sports hall lighting requires a lot of power and intelligent sensors are a good way to reduce power consumption when no one is present.
The lighting in the cafeteria should be designed to create a relaxing and social atmosphere that promotes communication and well-being. Sufficient color rendering brings out the natural colors of the food and helps make the meal more appetizing and enjoyable. Fittings that are easy to clean helps maintain adequate hygiene at all times.
School cafeterias are often also used for assemblies, presentations and other events and the lighting solution should take these needs into account. Sections serving as a stage or presentation are should have dedicated lighting solutions that can be separately controlled.
Kitchen lighting solutions should provide the best possible working conditions for staff while having the appropriate IP grade and being easy to keep clean.
Color is an important part of selecting ingredients as well as cooking and enjoying food. For this reason, lighting solutions in kitchens should have accurate color rendering, low glare, and high uniformity on all work surfaces.
“One of the best things about this product is that you first mount the lightweight mounting plate, and then simply click on the fitting. This mechanism lowers the strain on your neck and shoulders. There’s also enough room for the mounting brackets behind the lamp, and the position of the fitting can be adjusted by a few centimeters on the brackets. It’s easy to mount, nice to look at and the quality is excellent.” – Jan-Eirik Midsundstad, EDA – Installer.
At Kurland Elementary School, classrooms, activity rooms and the kitchen have been upgraded with Ledge® Surface fittings. Students and teachers are happy with the result. "We are very satisfied with this solution. Proper lighting is important for us. It creates a better learning environment" - Anne Berg, manager.