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The right lighting at schools can improve a student’s grades by up to 17%

Back to school after summer is a reality for teachers, professors, parents, and students, but with school, we will prepare for the winter too. Around 1 in three people in northern countries will struggle with some kind of seasonal affective disorder so getting outside and then coming indoors to good-quality lighting is very important [1].

Managers and directors are searching constantly for a way to improve services in schools, and one of them is the lighting system. There is evidence that the right lighting can improve a student’s grades by up to 17 % [2] or a deficient light can be a problem for focus and concentration [3].

Lighting affects the visual capacity of students and we have to remember that schools are a period of development in many aspects of life. For example, eyes grow 60% from birth to 18, and exposure to daylight can cut their chances of needing glasses by up to 40% [4].

Circadian lighting has proved to be able to improve the performance of students. When we talk about student-centered lighting, we are talking about lighting systems that can mimic natural light indoors, so they can adapt to circadian rhythm and they can have a positive and direct impact on visual quality, personal comfort, behavior, and learning of students.

But if the learning is not enough argument for the use of circadian lighting in schools, the investment in better lighting can be justified by cost and energy savings.

KUMUX circadian lighting software automates the settings of artificial light (color temperature and brightness) based on geolocation and activity all day long, to get the benefits of natural light. Receiving the most quality light, adapted to our biological needs improves productivity, concentration, sleep, and health of students and teachers while saving electrical energy.