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How Lighting Affects Student Learning and Performance

How Lighting Affects Student Learning and Performance

The goal of every school administrator is to ensure they prepare their students for success. One of the best ways schools can help students is by setting up the proper lighting that encourages and fosters a more learning-friendly environment. Keep reading to learn how lighting affects student learning and performance.

Color Temperature

The color temperature of lighting has a significant impact on our psychology. Color temperature is measured in Kelvin (K) so, the greater the color temperature, the brighter and cooler the light. Warm and cold lighting relates to the color of the light rather than the actual heat of the bulb. Warm lights make the environment feel more accommodating and soothing, whereas cooler mornings stimulate us and make us feel more alert, focused, and productive. Blue light helps to lower the sleep hormone melatonin levels, making us feel more active. Schools should know how the color spectrum can affect their students.


Sitting down at the movie theater where they dim the lights or taking a break to soak up some sun are examples of the effect lighting can have on our moods. It’s no different for kids in the classroom. In many older schools, outdated lighting such as fluorescent bulbs is prone to flickering, becoming a massive distraction and increasing stress and anxiety in students. Instead, when classrooms have plenty of direct sunlight or LED lighting, they can receive a strong dose of blue light, which helps kids feel more awake and ready to learn.

Ability To Concentrate

Poor lighting can cause eye strain, inability to see the board or navigate hallways, and even irritate existing eye issues. When children experience visual discomfort, it makes it harder to concentrate on tasks and lowers their energy levels. Having a brightly lit classroom helps make everything easier to see and learn.

Learning more about how lighting affects student learning and performance clarifies how poor lighting can harm students. Shiffler Lighting Solutions offers a comprehensive line of classroom lighting solutions to help boost your student’s educational performance. Let us know if you have any questions about our products, and contact us for a free quote today.

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