Switching out the fluorescent lighting in the classroom for LEDs does more than reduce energy costs and improve focus among students and teachers. We’ll look at the benefits of LED lighting for schools, along with the different types of fixtures you may want to incorporate into your classroom lighting.

Benefits of LED Lighting for Schools

Boost Energy Savings

LED lighting can significantly decrease energy costs. LEDs use less electricity compared the fluorescent bulbs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED lighting consumes up to 90% less energy than other light sources and can last up to 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs.

Reduce Maintenance Costs

LEDs last longer than fluorescent tubes, resulting in savings on replacement bulbs. Since LEDs last longer than fluorescent lights, maintenance costs are also lower. The school’s maintenance crew can focus on other projects instead of constantly changing burned-out light bulbs.

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Improve Focus Among Students and Faculty

LED classroom lighting can boost concentration and focus. LEDs are also adjustable, using connected controls, teachers and staff can adjust the light color from warm to cool. This not only helps improve their ability to focus but can also prevent eye strain. Did you know that using LEDs for classroom lighting can also reduce hyperactivity, and boost reading speed?

Health Benefits

LED classroom lighting also has health benefits. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises schools not to use T12 fluorescent ballasts because they are known to leak small amounts of harmful chemicals during regular usage. Switching to LED lighting for schools can prevent exposure to harmful carcinogens and help students and faculty avoid long-term health issues.

Flexible Control

LED lighting is compatible with controls like dimmers and occupancy sensors. This can further reduce energy usage costs and make it easier to create an environment that encourages learning.

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Types of LED Lighting for Schools

Schools can choose from a variety of LED lighting fixtures, each with its best uses.

LED Downlights

LED downlights are typically fitted in areas out-of-sight like ceilings. Since the fixtures don’t take up physical space, they can be used almost anywhere. Common areas that often use downlights include hallways, cafeterias, and bathrooms.

You can also select from different types of downlights to meet a specific need. Gimbal downlights can be moved in multiple directions, focusing light exactly where it’s needed, while surface-mounted downlights are installed just a little lower than the ceiling height.

LED Flat Panels

LED flat panels produce an even light that isn’t as bright or harsh as fluorescent tubes. This encourages focus and helps students concentrate on lessons. The lighting can also help students stay awake and alert by mimicking daylight.

Ideally, the LED lighting in classrooms emits a cooler temperature color, around 4,000k or 5,000k. Studies show this lighting temperature helps boost focus and concentration.

LED Emergency and Exit Lighting

Emergency and exit lighting must be reliable. Not only is this a requirement, but it also helps keep students and staff safe in an emergency. Since LEDs last longer than traditional types of light fixtures, you can rest assured your school is up to code.

Codes differ by city and state when it comes to emergency and exit lighting requirements, so check with your local fire inspector before installing the fixtures.

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LED Bollards

While adequate lighting in the classroom is crucial, you don’t want to forget about illuminating the outside of the school. This is when you want to consider installing LED bollards.

Bollards produce a bright and even light that’s ideal for illuminating walkways and pathways around school grounds. For example, bollards can illuminate a walkway connecting the school to the outdoor athletic field.

LED Area Lights

LED lighting for schools also extends to the parking lots. Staff, students, and visitors are often on school grounds after dark. LED area lights are a cost-effective solution. They last longer than traditional technologies – up to 100,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, instead of just 15,000 to 30,000 hours of MH and HPS.

The bright, even light also benefits security cameras.

You have several options when it comes to LED area lights that distribute various lighting patterns. This ensures you can find the right fixture for almost any outdoor area.

Learn More About LED Lighting for Schools by Contacting Action Services Group

Are you ready to transition from fluorescent tubes to LED lighting? If so, contact Action Services Group to learn more about LED classroom and outdoor lighting. Call 610-558-9773, email [email protected] or schedule a call to discuss your options.

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