The physical learning environment can influence student academic success and behavior. Lighting has traditionally focused on the visual requirements for the activity to be performed, to provide light for reading, work together and socialize. Most people are not aware of the importance of the influence that the lighting environment has for wellbeing, learning and sleep. New research has pointed out the importance of light as an enabler in the school environment and important synchronizer of circadian rhythm and sleep.
The BCL lighting system is customized to suit the needs of students of all ages, along with personnel, ensuring a comfortable environment. Access to daylight indoors is crucial for students during the darker months of the year when the hours of natural daylight are fewer. Activities during the school day often take place indoors, providing little opportunity to enjoy daylight outdoors. Variable lighting helps teachers achieve learning outcomes with lighting that supports specific tasks, such as calculus, quiet reading or group work. Bluish bright light could be used for attention demanding tasks. During rest, a warm light composition could be used for a calmer atmosphere. Personell can easily adjust light conditions via a touch screen or keypad to ensure that light is adapted to classroom activities.
Improve test results
When exposed to bright light, and specifically blue light, it induces a feeling of increased alertness among test subjects. Several studies highlight the modulating effect of light on mathematical tasks. In a newly published study, a dynamic light setting with BioCentric Lighting showed a 12 % improvement on math tests among 4th and 5th grade pupils compared to static light².
In an on site setting, LED lighting was compared to fluorescent lighting with the same CCT levels (4 000 K) among a group of preschool children, 3-4 years of age⁵. In LED lighting the children displayed a more engaged behavior compared to fluorescent lighting.
Enhance mood and sleep
Light, especially blue light, can have a mood enhancing effect. Grown ups and young adults rate their mood higher after bright light exposure where blue light gives the highest effect. In a study investigating 79 college students suffering from depression, light treatment showed improvement in overall depression scores as well as improved sleep with an increase in average night sleep from 5 to 7 hours⁹.
Different light settings of BCL in a classroom.
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