Want them to succeed? It starts with the best possible learning environment.
It’s Science: Lighting Plays a Significant Role in Shaping Schools and Universities
– Fluorescent bulbs may cause: bodily stress, anxiety, hyper-activity and other attention problems leading to poor learning performance (Titoff, 1999).
– Unlike fluorescents, LEDs radiate bright white light, and students under it perform better. White light wakes up students, making them more alert and participatory in class (ZNL and Osram, 2012).
– Schools with LEDs have higher test scores and rank better within their states.
– Controlled LEDs create a calming effect that’s beneficial to children under 6 and students with learning challenges like autism. Researchers maintain that individuals with autism are more vulnerable to the sub-visible flicker of direct fluorescent lighting, which can cause headaches, eyestrain and increased repetitive behavior.
– Facilities equipped with LED lighting report less absenteeism (Romm, Joseph; Browning, William, 1988).
Untapped Potential + Untapped Savings = Untapped Success
Nationally, K-12 schools spend more than $6 billion a year on energy. Universities and colleges spend an additional $7 billion. In many institutions, energy costs are second only to salaries. According to the Department of Energy, at least a quarter of this energy expense could be saved through smarter energy management and technology.
A District That Made the Smarter Choice:
Osceola School District had old fluorescent lights that produced over-lit classrooms and consistently drew
complaints from staff. The excess lighting also drained the electric budget, especially during the cooling season.
By upgrading to LED lighting, the district created a superior learning environment and achieved $75,696 in