It is well-known that light strengthens general well-being and positively influences concentration and performance. The lighting choice is therefore especially essential in schools for its biological benefit and thus successful learning. Pale lighting scenes in classrooms should be consigned to the past.
Natural daylight plays an important role as it changes continuously in intensity and colour temperature. Cold light has an activating effect, while warm light is calming for the pupils. When artificial light adapts dynamically to this process and takes into account the different teaching units, it increases both well-being and successful learning. Whether mathematics lessons, homework, creative units, or breaks – biodynamic light gives young people a boost in their everyday school life.
Lighting solutions for biodynamic light enable much more than just changing the light at the push of a button. The intensity and colour of the light can be adapted to suit the classroom situation.
Cold white, cool light colours have an activating effect and promote concentrated work (5000K). They are particularly suitable for schoolwork or mathematics lessons, for example. Warm light colours (between 2700K and 3000K), however, have an inspiring, calming, and relaxing effect, thus supporting creative work such as art classes.
Pre-programmed lighting scenes can easily be selected at the touch of a button. Teachers can respond to the activities and needs of pupils and have a positive influence on their well-being and successful learning. All XAL's Tunable White luminaires already meet exactly these requirements.
At XAL we are intensively studying the effect of light on the circadian rhythm (day-night rhythm). Together with WIEN ENERGIE and ASCR (Aspern Smart City Research), we are working on a research project for a primary school.
An artificial sky is created in the classroom with a specially developed wall profile luminaire. A pre-programmed dynamic light (from cool white light in the morning to warm white light in the evening) imitates the natural course of the day. The light intensity is reduced during the breaks to achieve the most relaxing effect possible. The excellent colour rendering of the LEDs (Re > 95) makes objects in the room look alive and encourages childrens' curiosity.
A simple switch interface ensures that the lighting scene can be set according to requirements. Teachers choose from the "concentrated work", "creative work", "break", and "relaxation" programmes. Additional button symbols for switching the table light on and off and spotlights for when sitting in circles complete the touch interface. This delivers the greatest possible flexibility for the lessons.
From the get-go, the focus was to use light to create the best possible learning, teaching, and working environment. This requires flexibility and adaptability to match the right light with the right situation and the right task.