From cost reductions to an increase in productivity, the benefits of daylighting for public and private schools can be incredible. Over the last two decades, a growing number of architects and school administrators have changed from reaching for a light switch to enjoying the benefits of a naturally lit environment.
If you’re uncertain of the value that daylighting offers, read on to learn five great reasons for schools to invest in this high quality, ultra-productive form of lighting.
1. Increase students’ work output
Both students and teachers perform better when lit naturally, according to research from leading scientists. Natural light has been shown to improve mood and focus in controlled studies, making it a far more suitable option than artificial lighting.
One of the biggest benefits of natural light is its ability to moderate mood. Students that spend too long in artificially lit environments tend to become fatigued and more easily irritable, reducing their productivity and increasing classroom disruption.
Natural light, on the other hand, has been shown to moderate peoples’ moods and create a more stable, focused, and productive classroom. Give your students a light source that encourages them to be productive with beautiful, natural light.
2. Reduce late-day energy loss
One of the biggest benefits of natural light is its ability to increase focus and energy levels late in the day. Many students ‘burn out’ towards the end of the day, losing a great deal of focus and quickly becoming distracted.
As well as increasing focus, natural light has been proven to regulate energy levels and keep students more alert late in the afternoon. This results in a more focused and attentive classroom, even during the final period of the day.
It also prevents disruption. Classrooms that are lit naturally feel more welcoming for students, encouraging them to participate in lessons and reducing the risk of a student disrupting the classroom.
3. Lower campus power bills
Lighting an entire high school campus is an expensive process, particularly for a large school with thousands of students. While natural lighting often isn’t suitable for all buildings, it can be used to replace artificial lighting in many classrooms.
In large schools, this can result in significant savings and far lower overall energy expenses. Give your school a lighting system that’s both green, productive, and far more affordable than the norm by switching from artificial to natural light.
4. Create a more welcoming environment
Have you ever walked into an enclosed, artificially lit office and felt uncomfortable and claustrophobic? Artificially lit environments tend to feel smaller and less open than they really are, even if they take up huge amounts of floor space.
On the other hand, environments lit naturally tend to feel bigger than they really are and are almost always more welcoming than their counterparts. Make your school feel welcoming and comfortable for visitors and students with natural lighting.
5. Reduce environmental damage
Artificial lighting requires a large amount of energy – and a huge amount of upkeep – to stay operational. Switching to natural light doesn’t just reduce your energy bill, it reduces your school’s energy consumption and increases its ‘green’ nature.
Reduce damage to the environment by switching to natural light, and create a clean, green environment in your school that encourages students to improve their own habits.
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