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3 Big Reasons to Install LEDs in Schools
Are you still unsure of upgrading your school’s lighting to LED? Consider the 3 big reasons to install LEDs in schools from Energy Focus!
1. Color Quality
The smooth curve across the full spectrum of visible wavelengths of light result in a more saturated, vivid, discriminable color rendering and effortless visual acuity. Fully directional LED tubes also provide more illumination on working surfaces, rather than the diffuse glow produced by gas-filled fluorescent tubes. The correlated color temperature, color rendering, and luminous efficacy of LED lights combine to improve visibility to create a better learning environment. Vision is a contributing factor to an individual’s ability to attend and respond to classroom instruction.
2. Cognitive Improvements
Most parents encourage their children to get a good night’s sleep on a school night. A healthy sleep/wake cycle is crucial to mental cognition. Our bodies’ roughly 24-hour cycle is governed by hormonal responses that are triggered by full-spectrum light – light provided by sunlight and LED, but not fluorescent. When the light needed to trigger circadian responses is provided, alertness, attention and participation increase among students, as shown by a Case Western Reserve University study. Similarly, the US Army conducted a study with Tufts University showing that LED lighting resulted in increased productivity over fluorescent lighting.
3. Flicker in Lighting
Frequencies of light above the visible threshold have been demonstrated to cause headaches and eyestrain. The sensitivity to flicker in this range and above is a spectrum, and the effects on the population are not quantified. However, studies have shown that performance on tasks decreases with long exposure to frequencies in this range. Persons on the autism spectrum are typically hypersensitive to visual stimuli and are especially susceptible to encountering issues with flicker in lighting. Energy Focus is proud to offer completely flicker-free LED products.
If you’re interested in seeing how Energy Focus can help you make the switch to LEDs, contact us and a customer service agent will be able to help you get started!