Ways to Keep Your School Up to Par with the Latest Wiring & Lighting for Optimum Learning

Lighting for Optimum Learning in Your School or Library

Educational establishments serve a unique role in our society. They’re more than places of learning - they allow people to feel a sense of belonging and can tie a neighborhood together as a center of community cohesion.

It’s no secret that individuals learn best when they’re in an environment that actively supports learning. With the wide array of distractions available at our fingertips at all times in the modern world, it is all the more imperative that spaces are created to work towards the true pursuit of knowledge and well-being.

The correct electrical outlets and lighting can help keep students attentive and plugged in while ensuring that teachers achieve outcomes that support certain tasks. Lighting has a profound effect on our mood and ability to learn, and the right light can not only enhance the learning environment but boost feelings of safety, strengthen an institution’s brand and reputation, and inspire students to exceed expectations and do more.

Help students stay focused and follow these tips to make sure that your learning environment is a dynamic space where minds can focus.

Choose the right color

The effects of lighting color temperatures are known to affect the performance of students. CCTs, or correlated color temperatures, are a simple way to differentiate the color appearance of a light source. 

A low CCT - below 3500 Kelvin (K) - gives off a yellowish white light that appears warm, while a high CCT - over 5000 K - provides a blueish white that appears cool. Incandescent bulbs emit light between 2500 K and 3000 K, while fluorescent lamps range from 2500 K to 5000 K.

Students scored best on academic tests when they performed under the 6500 K lighting condition that is known to have the “highest level of physiological alertness,” while the 3500 K was deemed the most “relaxing.” These findings adhere to the so-called Yerkes-Dodson Law that postulates that people tend to perform best at certain levels of mental stimulation and worse when these levels are either too low or too high. The duration of exposure to intense lighting can also affect performance.

Warmer light will generally make a space feel cozier, while whiter light can lead to a more task-oriented vibe.

Save energy and cut costs 

Reduce costs by installing energy-efficient LED lights that dim when detecting an empty classroom or sufficient natural light. Adapting light levels and schedules remotely can reduce energy usage further and provide a greater opportunity to vary lighting parameters that can affect circadian and behavior responses for students, teachers, and other users of the classroom.

LED lighting with embedded sensors can reduce energy usage by up to 75% and last 25 times longer. Implementing automatic dimming means you’ll only pay for lighting when and where it’s needed.

Going LED doesn’t only help the environment and your bank account - it may also help you qualify for Green Building Certification credits. 

Add a lot with a little

LED modules can allow you to light the furniture and walls in a space in such a way that it appears as if they’re illuminating themselves, giving off an exciting but also relaxing vibe. LED spotlights that are hidden in ceiling beams can project an intense but narrow-beamed illumination that makes it look like the light is appearing from nowhere.

Play around with the moods that lighting can convey. Going with brighter lighting in the morning can generate energy and set the tone for the rest of the day while ending the day with warm lighting can offer tranquility and calm as you wrap up the day with discussions or creative activities.

Indirect lighting is softer and can relax the mood, while direct downward lighting can feel more aggressive. Explore what suits your classroom and what you want to achieve in your learning area. Pacman Electric can help!

Be mindful

The right lighting set up can not only boost concentration but alleviate headaches. The fluorescent lighting that is used in most classrooms can lead to migraines and a heightened feeling of anxiety.

By diffusing harsh light and welcoming more natural light into a learning space, you work with the body's natural circadian rhythms to let the brain know that it’s time to be alert and awake. Much like the sun, lighting in a classroom affects students and educators in how they respond to their environment.

The right lighting can lead to a greater culture of mindfulness in the classroom, which in turn can allow students to more easily control their emotions and give them more confidence during a long school day.

You can create lasting change through illumination. Experiment with dimming the lights down when students return from the recess of lunch and see if they’re calmer and ready to learn. Convert what otherwise would be used as wasted space in a room into an area where students can relax, study, and mingle.  

Look into full-spectrum lights that offer a more natural experience and put less strain on the student’s eyes. Eschew fluorescent lights and play around with lamps and dimmers. Set lighting levels to increase everyone’s comfort, happiness, and productivity.

Convey the joy of learning to those around you by following these tips and improve the quality of life for everyone walking through the doors of your learning space. If you’d like to transform your school, library, or business in a dramatic way, contact us today! We’d love to assist you in the learning process.

Chris Pacchioli