Back to school with Human Centric Lighting!
The brand new Kongsgardmoen School by Kongsberg in Norway opens
this August. Here some 230 primary school pupils will have excellent
conditions for work and play. Among many modern features they will
benefit from particularly good lighting conditions, since the school
building is equipped with Human Centric Lighting.
The school has installed luminaires with adjustable colour temperature,
so-called "tuneable white” luminaires with LED light sources that can be
tuned from cool white to warm white light. All classrooms are equipped
with this solution, making this the most comprehensive Human Centric
Lighting LED installation date.
Light affects our circadian rhythms
|Cool white light for concentration work.||Warm white light for relaxation.|
the children arrive in the morning, they are greeted by a cool white
and intensive energy light for the first class. The cool white light
regulates the production of stress and sleep hormones in the children’s
(and the teacher’s) bodies. The light therefore shifts their daily
rhythms forward, making them more active during the day and tired when
the night falls. This also has a positive impact on the children’s sleep
Later in the day, the teacher may activate a focus
light when it’s time for concentration tasks such as math tests or
writing exercises. A shower of cool white and intensive light increases
short term concentration and alertness. When the pupils gather in the
front of the class room to listen to the teacher telling a story, a warm
white light creates a nice and relaxing atmosphere. These adjustments
are made by the teacher himself. The solution also has a standard
setting, which is a neutral white, good working light.
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|Cool white light in the school kitchen.||Standard light (neutral white).|
luminaires used are modular LED luminaires with diodes that shift the
colour according to pre-defined or manual settings. The colour
rendering of the light is very high (Ra >90), much higher than the
minimum requirements for school lighting. That makes colouring, reading
and writing easier and more pleasant. Colour tuning is made easy for the
teacher through a wall mounted user panel.
|The colour rendering is equally good in cool and warm white light.|
| ||The user panel is intuitive and easy to use for the teacher and children. Part of the lighting cycle is automated in order to ensure that the wanted biological effects, especially in the mornings, are achieved.|