Back to school for the home stretch towards Christmas – and as the days get shorter, around 1 in three of us in northern countries will struggle with some kind of seasonal affective disorder – ‘winter blues’. Getting outside – and then coming indoors to good-quality lighting is more important than ever.
Earlier this year, we created a social media campaign to help teens understand the impact of lighting on their health and well-being, The response was humbling – German teens clicked a video about the impact of blue light on learning over 2.3 times on average, And teens in India were not far behind. They told us they don’t buy the lights.
So I’ve been working with a team of manufacturers, regulators and industry bodies over the past six months to understand the incentives for purchasing decisions in lighting. And then to give those key decision makers the arguments they need to shift the conversation from cost to value – performance, lifetime costs and environmental impact. We’ve called the project Luna Pro .
Each week, we’re focusing on a sector. Education is the first one. Key facts and links are below,
We’ll look at the healthcare sector next week, workplace and residential will follow, We will round up the series with a debate at the end of the year in partnership with WELL, Arup, Morgan Sindell, Cundall, Muse Developments, C20, the SLL and the Light Review.
Read on for some facts about lighting in schools and a short video. More information is on the Age of Light Innovation site.
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Lighting in education – revision notes
Even if the learning arguments don’t cut it, an investment in better lighting can be justified on cost and energy efficiencies alone.
School buildings are old (average over 40), designed for a world before screens in the classroom. Schools are inefficient (energy rating D or below) and lighting makes up to 20% of their electricity bill (report). Simple occupancy sensors can cut energy use by up to 55% (article), cheap panels cost around the same as expensive ones over time – and the product itself is only around half the final installed cost (interview).