As LED lighting grows in popularity, more and more institutions are switching over to the energy-efficient light source from traditional lighting. Among the many businesses and warehouses making the switch, schools are also able to find many benefits from switching to LEDs.
Back at the beginning of the LED lighting revolution, an elementary school in Minnesota switched to all-LED lighting in their gymnasium. As one of the largest rooms in any school, the gym required over 100 new LED bulbs.
The result—the lighting within the school’s gymnasium improved drastically in both color quality and light output. The lights were noticeably whiter and brighter, providing a more aesthetically pleasing light quality that faculty and administrators alike appreciated.
On top of that, switching the gym alone over to LEDs saved the school $9,000 a year on energy costs. And with a five-year warranty on the bulbs, little maintenance was required.
Not only do reduced costs benefit those in charge of running a school, but they also benefit the students attending the school and their families. The more money a school can save on things like energy consumption, the more money that can be invested into programs and tools that will benefit the students’ education.
LED lighting has also proved beneficial in special education classrooms within schools. An elementary school in Arizona recently replaced lighting in special education classrooms with LED lighting.
Faculty in the special education classrooms noticed an increase in their students’ attention spans after the installation of the LED lamps. The fluorescent lighting would often flicker and produce a buzzing noise that made it difficult for the students to concentrate. Once the LED lights were in place, the flickering and buzzing stopped, and the students were able to focus more on their daily tasks .
While the energy savings the school inherited was a major bonus in the switch to LED as well, the removal of the distracting elements in the special education classrooms were very well-received. Not only are LEDs a proven component of an energy-efficient, money-saving lifestyle, but they can also have major benefits on people’s quality of life.
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