The most important thing to bear in mind when planning lighting for a classroom, lecture theatre or other teaching space is maximising daylight. It has been proven that natural daylight enhances concentration and promotes well being. Of course reducing carbon emissions has never been more important than it is today, so finding a way to reduce energy usage wherever possible is imperative.
An easy win on both counts can be made by installing daylight linking lighting controls. They can be used to ensure that whenever possible natural light is taken advantage of, and artificial lights remain on only when necessary. If daylight linking controls are used luminaires dim down or turn off whenever there is sufficient natural light available.
According to the Carbon Trust, lighting accounts for 20-25% of the total energy used in schools. Significant cost savings can be made by switching to energy efficient lighting equipment. Occupancy sensors alone, can reduce lighting costs by as much as 30%.
Occupancy sensors provide a means to ensure that lights are only kept on in areas that are in use. Public buildings with many occupants are much more likely to suffer with lights being left on in unoccupied rooms for long periods of time. Installing occupancy sensors means that lights will automatically turn off when a room or area has been vacated, rather than having to rely on individual users to remember to turn them off as they leave.
Schools, colleges and universities are great examples of multi-use buildings. Not only might multiple users use a single classroom over the course of a day, spaces are also used out of hours by clubs, and the local community. This means lighting needs to be flexible, and easy to use.
The flex7™ System can offer numerous energy efficient and functional lighting solutions for your school or educational building.
Whether you require daylight linking, corridor hold or separate whiteboard switching our experience in the sector means we can provide you with a lighting scheme perfectly suited to your needs. Lighting controls for education are becoming increasingly important, and the flex7™ system provides a perfect solution.
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