Lighting upgrades will be critical in helping schools become more energy efficient, according to a lighting company.
An analysis of government data carried out by eLight shows that the amount of money spent by schools on energy bills has increased by 6.5 per cent in the past five years, as they struggle to implement energy-efficient technology.
Lighting accounts for 50 per cent of a school’s total electricity costs, so Tamlite Lighting states that only by implementing upgrades can energy use be "significantly reduced often in return for a relatively small investment".
John Allden, Tamlite Lighting’s managing director, said: “Properly specified, the latest generation of LED lighting systems can deliver long-term cost savings that make a dramatic difference... LED lighting is quick and easy to install, pays back fast, and creates minimal installation disruption. With an increased focus on how education establishments can operate more efficiently, a well-designed lighting scheme is the best way to reduce energy consumption.”
The benefits of LED lighting are twofold as it will also help create a learning environment that is supportive of both student and teacher wellbeing.
Allden added: “Teaching spaces have changed, and they are now more dynamic, more considered and more human-centric. To reflect this, they should be designed to have a positive impact on learners and teachers. Fortunately, with the latest LED lighting and control technologies, it is now easier than ever before to identify and install systems that will work to the benefit of both students and teachers.
“By seeking a perfect balance between natural and artificial light, with different light output at different times of day, it is possible to offer illumination that works in conjunction with students’ natural rhythms. And deploying user-friendly controllers and interfaces allows staff to make easy adjustments and deliver appropriate levels and consistency of illumination, as well as eliminate glare.”
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