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Good school lighting can have a major impact on learning. Natural light can provide both physical and physiological benefits to students and teachers. An effective school lighting plan will take advantage of natural light and include lighting fixtures wherever necessary. Lighting at schools is important for academics, keeping a watchful eye on younger students, and overall mood of an individual. With the significance of lighting, every school should strive to create the best setting possible.

How Lighting Impacts Students

According to the National Library of Medicine, blue light emanated by LEDs has a powerful effect on the non-visual system and increases alertness and cognitive performance. Light can provide physical and psychological benefits for students, staff, and teachers. It has also been shown to have a positive impact on concentration, health, and even test scores. Classroom lighting should be taken into consideration in new school construction. Out-of-date, inefficient school lights can also be upgraded to fixtures that can reduce overall emissions and improve classroom and campus light quality.
Students talking in library

School Turn-Key Projects

Preschools, universities, elementary, middle, and high schools should all be invested in having proper lighting at school. Some common lighting applications in a school setting include:

Common Areas

Lobbies, Hallways, Restrooms, Cafeteria

Work Areas

Classrooms, Office Space


Gymnasiums, Libraries, Theaters, Dormitories


Breezeways, Playgrounds, Sports Fields, Parking Areas
Led lighting at school

LED Lighting at School

Schools have different lighting needs depending on a range of factors. A four-year university, for example, that accommodates thousands to tens of thousands of people is going to require more lighting fixtures than a small middle school. Similarly, budget plays a role in which fixtures an institution can include in their lighting plan. Universities often need to keep certain parts of campus, such as libraries, illuminated at all times. A high school, on the other hand, would not need to prioritize including fixtures that can operate all day and utilize a minimal amount of energy.
Upgrading your school lighting fixtures to LED technology can help reduce energy and save your institution money in the long run. LED fixtures can be outfitted with lighting-control devices to optimize energy use and cut costs. LEDs provide high-quality, clear lighting that makes it easier for students and staff to see and function in campus environments.
LED fixtures commonly used in school settings include:
  • LED linear lighting
  • LED linear high bay lights
  • LED downlights
  • LED exit signs and emergency lights
  • LED pole lights

It is critical for the safety and security of students that outdoor campus areas and school buildings are well-lit. Students need to feel safe at school, and proper illumination can play a major role in that. Additionally, good light levels will help students and faculty feel more comfortable and welcome on campus. The ability to see clearly is important in most public spaces, but especially critical in classrooms and school hallways and stairwells. Students must be able to safely travel from place to place and see learning materials such as books, tests, lockers, and whiteboards. The better the lighting, the more effectively students will be able to learn and function.

Sustainability at School

With many public and private schools, every dollar counts. This is even more reason to evaluate your school’s lighting to ensure you’re not overspending on energy and maintenance with outdated technology. A lighting specialist can help you identify which project will reap the biggest rewards so you can begin saving on energy right away. This is a great real-life study for older students on sustainability and the impact of energy savings with LED lighting at their school. Don’t forget, when you retrofit or upgrade to new lighting, Bay Lighting can also help with recycling old lamps and fixtures.
At Bay Lighting, we help outfit schools of all sizes with the lighting fixtures they need to create safe learning environments for students. We will conduct on-site assessments and help develop a comprehensive lighting scheme for your institution that helps you accomplish your goals.
School lighting in library and classrooms

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At Bay Lighting, we work with school principals, superintendents, and building managers to upgrade existing lighting fixtures and/or install new ones to create a comfortable and safe environment for student and teachers. We conduct on-site visits, will develop a plan to ensure proper illumination, and execute your turn-key project with little disruption to building occupants.
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