The main part of the learning process is visual. The pupils’ activity level vary greatly over the school day: From concentration during reading and tests to listening to the teacher’s presentation or relaxing. Since more schools use flexible arrangements of desks, the lighting solution needs to be designed accordingly.
Indoor sport facilities are used for many sports and lighting requirements vary accordingly. A uniform illumination as well as intelligent lighting management systems that adapt lighting levels to the sport is the key to efficient use.
Stairwells are important circulation areas that require special attention. The activity level is often high and any motion needs to be safe and unhindered. Staircases need to be particularly well illuminated to increase user safety.
The entrance is the point of reference for pupils, staff and visitors when it comes to information and communication. In modern school buildings, the entrance hall is the space where assemblies meet, exhibition and school plays are displayed and external events are held.
Auditoriums and lecture halls put a serious challenge to the lighting installation. Several lighting scenarios are necessary to allow for various settings like lecturing and notes taking, entering and existing and making presentations. Lighting management systems play an important role together with a carefully designed lighting plan.
Lighting in nurseries should aid curiosity, learning through play and wellbeing. Young children move around and experience the world differently than elder school children and grownups. Children in nurseries learn by seeing, imitating and touching, putting forward special requirements on the lighting solution.
Libraries form a space for self study and group work through both concentration and relaxation. In addition to proper task and shelf lighting, the atmosphere needs to be welcoming. Natural light and daylight create a pleasant study environment.
Amenity and changing facilities require bright and uniform lighting. The energy savings potential is high due to their specific and time-limited use.
Circulation areas are perhaps the most multifunctional rooms in the school building. The range of activities is vast and their position in the building with often little access to daylight requires artificial lighting support. Due to a varying presence of people, sensors may assist in reducing the energy consumption.
Why do we find it easier to learn when there is an intermediary present? Is body language and expression important in getting the message across? If so, then why do teachers stand between the board lighting and the general lighting in the classroom? By allowing the messenger to come into the light you ensure that the message receives greater attention.
Schools are excellent for tuneable white light features. Here the light is used not only to control daily rhythms for pupils and staff, but also to improve alertness during tests and concentration tasks.
Proper lighting in school kitchens enables the quality of food being cooked to be assessed more reliably. Working with cooking utensils is excellent training for young hands and eyes, and the lighting solution should support this demanding education situation
School canteens are the natural place for breaks, relaxation and big and small meetings. The lighting solution should be inviting and relaxing, while at the same time giving light to all the various activities taking place.