How Classrooms Benefit from Flicker-Free LED Lighting

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How Classrooms Benefit from Flicker-Free LED Lighting

Many schools are making the switch from legacy fluorescent tube lighting to LED tube lighting in classrooms. When making that switch, it is important for facility or energy managers to pick the proper lighting product that is best for the school and for the students and staff.

Increased Productivity, Concentration, and Accuracy

Lighting is often overlooked as a source for increasing productivity, concentration, and accuracy when it comes to classrooms. Many public schools receive funding from several sources, such as the national and state levels of government. The amount of funding they receive is based on several factors, one of them being student test scores. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) published a study in OSA’s Optics Express discussing the effects of different lighting color temperatures on elementary students’ performance. The study fully supported a positive effect of lighting that was closer in color temperature to daylight on increasing academic performance. Upgrading a classrooms lights to LED lighting is proven to increase productivity and concentration in students, but not all LED lighting is created equal.

Besides the physiological and psychological effects of lighting, studies have also indicated positive effects of specific lighting conditions on behavior, such as working speed, productivity, and accuracy.

Kyungah Choi and Hyeon-Jeong Suk, "Dynamic lighting system for the learning environment: performance of elementary students," Optics Express Vol. 24, Issue 10, pp. A907-A916 (2016)

Choose Flicker-Free LEDs for Classrooms

For students who have hypersensitivity to light or sound, such as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, flicker in LED lighting can lead to in increase in behavioral issues. However, whether a child is on the autism spectrum or not, all children can benefit from flicker-free LED lighting. Flicker from poor classroom lighting can contribute to a student or teacher’s inability to concentrate, decreased productivity, headaches, and eye strain or the “midday slump” as some have come to know it. Energy Focus has the first UL-verified less than 1% flicker LEDs made available in the United States. By eliminating flicker, a classroom can give all students an equal opportunity to thrive and succeed at school.

If you’re interested in seeing how Energy Focus LEDs will improve your classroom, contact us and a customer service agent will be able to help you get started!

Watch how Rushwood Elementary School was transformed with Flicker-Free LED lighting