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LED Goes Back to School : Benefits of LED Lighting in the Classroom

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LED lighting can actually impact your ability to learn by improving your environment.

Ok so maybe the correct LED lighting and intelligent lighting control system in your classroom won’t get you into Harvard…or keep you out of detention.  However, two schools have recently adopted futuristic lighting systems with the hope of improving the academic and behavior performance of their students.

An LED lighting system with intelligent lighting controls is an excellent choice for primary and secondary education environments for a number of financial reasons, but new ‘tunable white’ technology in LED lighting extends these benefits to where they are important – the students.  

The Kongsgardmoen School in Norway and the Ruby Van Meter School in Des Moines, Iowa, have both implemented LED lighting systems with adjustable color temperature, allowing teachers in each classroom to adjust the color of the LED lighting based on the time of day or what is happening in the classroom.  This is intended to help students in a number of ways:

  • Circadian RhythmCircadian Rhythm is a 24-hour cycle that tells our bodies when to sleep and regulates many other physiological processes. This internal body clock is affected by environmental cues, like sunlight and temperature.  Appropriately matching the color temperature of the LED lighting system with students’ circadian rhythms will regulate sleep patterns and stress levels.
  • Concentration– When it is time for a test or writing exercises, teachers can select a cool white, intensive light that increases short term concentration and alertness.
  • Relaxation – If the teacher is working on a more intimate lesson or gathering the students at the front of the classroom to tell a story, a warmer white light can be used to create a more relaxing atmosphere.

Researchers are working closely with the Kongsgardmoen School in Norway to track students’ performance and validate if the updated lighting system improves their performance.  Our team at Leading Edge Design Group will be watching both schools closely for updates!