It is important for the lighting in an educational environment to be comfortable, to promote productivity and to be adaptable. This can be achieved by utilising technologies that offer glare control, good distribution of light, and flexibility in its control. These factors will contribute to performance, and aid student concentration.
Lighting educational environments, from nurseries to universities, requires care and experience, to ensure correct standards are set, to aid concentration, comfort and performance.
Artificial lighting currently accounts for the highest proportion of all energy costs in schools, at around 28%. How can this be reduced? The use of automatic lighting controls can save as much as 40%.
Getting the details right is important when aiming to focus student attention, with light levels throughout the classroom not differing greatly from the light level at the work-space, as large variations will cause distraction and fatigue.
The brightest surfaces should be the most important surfaces; lighting the focal walls helps teachers catch and hold students’ attention, as well as improving the visibility of information.
Lighting controls also give teachers the flexibility to set the lighting level to match the tasks being performed.
As well as being an area for study, libraries can also be used for small exhibitions and private study. Good vertical luminance is required for the book shelves and display areas, but glare should be avoided in areas where there is likely to be display screen equipment.