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Bright Sparks – Lighting in the education sector

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Factors such as environmental conditions, health and wellbeing, and cost-cutting are essential considerations to homes and business, and the education sector is no different.

As educational establishments confront budget limitations, it is important to understand that the correct luminaire choice and installation coupled with professional lighting design, has the power to affect moods and productivity within the classroom.

Good lighting design will make the most of available natural light without relying on artificial substitutes.

The challenge for designers and installers, however, is to utilise artificial lighting in schools without leading to strained eyes, distractions or any other potential injuries.

luceco lighting in schools and colleges
Exmouth College

Cost effectiveness

Inefficient lighting can account for 50 to 70 per cent of the electricity bill. Making the right luminaire choice can reduce existing operating costs by as much as 80 per cent within schools. LED lighting can
deliver huge savings.

The life of LED is up to 40 times greater than traditional products. What’s more, they produce consistent light output over their entire life. Not only do they deliver good lighting, they also cost less to run, last much longer and require no maintenance over the lifetime of the luminaire.

Health and safety

The type of lighting products required for somewhere as complex as a school differs immensely to that of a home or small building.

Products which are Unified Glare Rating (UGR) compliant are a necessity within a classroom environment. Due to technology advances in schools, with the inclusion of smart whiteboards and computer screens, LED UGR compliant fittings remove the risk of glare, lowering the possibility of eyestrain leading to headaches.

Luceco products such as the LuxPanel edge lit frame are highly popular amongst installers as they provide excellent luminous uniformity.

Quick and easy to install with no maintenance requirements and no visible frame when installed in the ceiling grid, high-efficiency LuxPanels are available in standard fixed output, dimmable and emergency options. High-efficiency Backlit LuxPanels boast offer 152 Lm/cW, providing non-obtrusive but effective lighting in high traffic areas and improved glare control.

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Highfields School

Similarly, downlights prove a good choice for walkways and corridors as they maximise spacings, producing the correct level of illumination.

For areas such as sports halls that exhibit a heightened risk of injury, it is important for contractors and installers to ensure that IK rated products such as the LuxBay are included.

In an environment where several hazards are presented from flying objects in competitive sports, these products can be mounted or suspended to prevent the risk of falling on participants or the audience below. As an added benefit, these fittings are 55 per cent more energy saving than traditional HID lamp alternatives, whilst offering over 50,000 hours of operational maintenance-free life, making them a must-have for educational sports environments.

Whilst safety is the main concern when lighting a sports hall, consideration should also be given to an evenly lit space, so that the playing area is not cast in shadow, making it difficult for players to see distance and space.

luceco lighting in schools and colleges
Midlothian Campus

Future Trends

Insights show that 80 per cent of new projects in the educational sector now request smart systems functionality. The inclusion of wireless lighting and light control devices allows a perfect opportunity
to upsell, as the products cut back on cost and light wastage.

Amenity areas such as canteens and break rooms should afford a relaxing space to unwind. Lighting controls can be considered to enhance the flexibility of use according to the natural daylight available and the occupancy of the space.

In addition, emergency settings and PIR devices prove to be fundamental as they allow the user to limit the amount of wastage and running costs over quiet periods such as weekends and school holidays. Movement activates PIRs, whereas smart devices that allow for emergency settings can control the lighting levels from a remote location.

It should always remain at the forefront of installers and contractors minds that lighting plays a vital part within the education sector.

Educational buildings should be well lit to stimulate and encourage alertness, whilst supplying a comfortable learning environment. The right products and lighting design can result in a winning combination.

Whether you are new to the trade or have years of experience, it’s important for all contractors and installers to take the time to stay up-to-date with the latest developments within the sector. It will not only offer chances to upsell, but keeps industry knowledge and support avenues fresh in the mind.

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