The attention devoted to student test scores, teacher capabilities, and classroom educational theory overlooks one simple change that would benefit students and teachers alike: schools that transition to LED lighting will see an increase in student engagement in a safer and more efficient and eco-friendly learning environment. LED lights in classrooms have been shown to reduce eye strain and to enhance learning by generating light that is less harsh and closer to natural lighting conditions. LED lights generate the same illumination at less than 50% of the operating energy cost as traditional fluorescent school lights, and they are constructed from substances that do not expose students to hazardous materials. They also generate less excess heat than other light sources and thus reduce the strain on a school’s aging cooling systems.
LED Lighting in Schools
Several research studies have shown that LED lights in schools can be tuned to replicate natural light, which aids concentration and improves a student’s learning experience. At the beginning of a day, when students and teachers might benefit from the greater stimulus afforded by natural light, LED lighting systems can be tuned to emphasize blue and white light that has been shown to increase concentration and productivity. Younger students in particular often find that their ability to concentrate suffers during early morning hours that are common in schools. LED lights can help to shift their natural biological rhythms to overcome early-morning tiredness and to jump-start their school day more quickly and efficiently.
Concerns over hazardous materials in aging school buildings has led the Environmental Protection Agency to issue rules for schools that need to replace a fluorescent lamp that has broken in a school building. Because those lamps contain trace amounts of mercury, the school area around a broken lamp should be evacuated while all traces of mercury are contained and removed. This type of interruption would never happen with LED lighting systems because LED lamps do not use mercury or any other hazardous materials that might affect a student’s health. Replacing a broken LED fixture is a quick and easy process.
Cost Savings for Schools that Switch to LED Lighting
Public school districts and private schools alike struggle with finances and budgets, and school boards and trustees are always looking for ways to reduce overhead costs and to provide educational services more efficiently. LED Lighting systems can reduce energy lighting consumption by up to 70%, which translates directly into substantially lower utility costs. Initial LED installation or retrofit costs are quickly recovered, usually in a period of eighteen months to two years, in energy cost savings alone. Moreover, most LED fixtures have a useful life of at least 50,000 hours, and in many cases up to 100,000 hours. The durability of LED lighting systems thus reduces maintenance and repair costs as well.
Advanced LED lighting control systems further add to the economy and efficiency of LED illumination in schools. LED systems can utilize integrated motion sensors to turn lights on and off automatically as motion is detected. Schools waste substantial amounts of energy solely from lights that are left burning in classrooms and offices when nobody is occupying them.
Schools will see benefits from LED lights in classrooms, gymnasiums and assembly halls, cafeterias, parking lots, and other spaces. SpecGrade LED designs and manufactures lighting systems for all of these areas in and around schools. We are a domestic company with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, and our products are available throughout North America. Please see our website or call us at 888-657-2563 to speak with one of our school lighting consultants.