Education sector lighting

Good lighting helps to create a pleasant environment in which students want to learn.

How to create a well-lit environment

Students of any discipline need good quality light to perform tasks. But lighting can also help to create an environment they find comfortable and conducive to learning.

Here are some simple, cost-effective tips for creating well-lit education settings.

  • Make the most of natural daylight, while avoiding glare. 
  • Choose light colours for walls and ceilings to help create a comfortable and pleasant environment.
  • Use light sources with a high colour rendering index and a 4000 K colour temperature to improve visual comfort and to help keep students alert.
  • Have zoning for lights so that staff can dim lights or switch them off when they’re not needed.
  • Use lighting that focuses students’ attention on focal points like lecture stands, without creating glare for their teachers.

Types of light
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Get expert advice on lighting

Lighting is a specialist area, so it’s a good idea to talk to a qualified lighting professional. The lighting code makes special recommendations regarding glare in educational settings so we recommended that you engage a specialist lighting company for all new-builds and major refurbishment. They should be IES accredited (Illumination Engineers Society).

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They’ll assess your specific needs and suggest the most appropriate energy efficient lighting designs and bulb options. Make sure you get a clear cost-benefit analysis of each lighting option. The analysis should include details about the return on your investment and ongoing maintenance costs.