Posted: 3 February 2022
Posted: 3 February 2022
Enlightening people within education
Scientific research shows that the environment around us impacts our mental and physical health and well-being. Lighting makes significant contribution to creating a good learning environment by influencing human performance and helping students learn. The requirements for lighting in schools, colleges and universities are diverse and dependent on many factors. The high quality well designed and implemented lighting in education can create great looking spaces that drive energy efficiency and support better learning.
Improved performance, reliability and efficiency provided by LEDs has transformed the capabilities lighting can bring, replacing traditional fluorescent technology. Educational facilities can realise benefits from reduced energy, maintenance costs, while the students and teachers can enjoy enhanced light quality that improves the users’ concentration levels and boosts performance. Modern education buildings need to provide an environment where students and teachers can thrive and do their best work.
Educational buildings need to respond to multiple challenges: they need to take sustainability initiatives to deliver significant energy and cost savings., to create an environment that boosts performance levels of staff and students and contribute to the people’s well-being.
From Human Centric Lighting to Standards & Regulations
According to the latest studies, people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors*. This means that we are most often subjected to artificially lit environments and are deprived of the benefits of sunlight. As natural light rules our biological rhythm, it is of the greatest importance for well-being and productivity, at any time of the day. With a real Human Centric Lighting solution, Sylvania brings a game-changing innovation, recreating the full spectrum of natural light.
Sylvania LumiNature marks a new era in human centric lighting: it recreates sunlight. Its complete spectral curve with eliminated blue peaks and truest colours makes it one of the most natural artificial lights. LumiNature gives you something that even the sun cannot: dynamic lighting control. The SylSmart Standalone and SylSmart Connected control options offer you full optimisation and tunability.
Lighting has long gone beyond the simple functional aspect of spaces. Artificial light has become an ergonomic and organic parameter when designing educational facilities. With a sensitive approach, lighting design enables you to reveal spaces and built structures, night and day, and enhances the way light is perceived. In optics, light is the phenomenon at the source of a visual sensation. Light plays an important role in interior design, in both the creation and definition of spaces. In addition to these, lighting design is all about experience.
Lighting designers work hand in hand with architects and interior designers to conceive, structure, or renovate space. Lighting designers are both consultants and technicians, with a thorough approach to all aspects and functions of light. Sylvania has an integrated research department of lighting designers who will accompany you from design to installation. Its expertise in custom construction and the quality of its glass will allow a multitude of configurations. Masters of light, they can help you create a perfect atmosphere and harmoniously align your spaces.
When creating a lighting design, thought should be given to the ease of installation as well as the financial and environmental costs. Whilst the comfort of occupants should remain the core consideration, modern society demands the delivery of sustainable solutions where comfort, simplicity, energy-efficiency, and a respect for the environment can be equally reconciled.
Intelligent lighting systems make significant contributions to the eco-performance of office buildings and introducing flexible solutions can deliver the desired functionality and aesthetics whilst also providing enhanced energy efficiency and cost-savings. Sylvania offers you SylSmart Standalone - a wireless, plug-and-play lighting control solution perfect for smaller applications where ease of installation is paramount – and SylSmart Connected - an ideal solution that’s easy to install, has low initial costs, and is low maintenance. Systems can be scaled to meet the needs of any project size from single offices to complete floors or buildings and are secure and efficient.
Human Centric Lighting solutions and automated lighting systems complement each other beautifully. The two combined offer a true-to-life reproduction of the solar spectrum at any time of the day, for an optimal respect of the occupant’s circadian cycle.
*2018- YouGov survey “Indoor Generation” -16,000 people in 14 countries in Europe and North America
The right type and level of lighting enables people to perform visual tasks efficiently and accurately, and in an education setting, that can include those of a repetitive nature and others performed over prolonged periods of time. When installing lighting in schools, colleges, and universities there are many factors to consider, the principal one being the wellbeing and performance of students and staff. The interior lighting standards and regulations for educational buildings help to identify the right balance and the proper lighting solution. They are a requisite to comply to, both for the health of occupants, and for the sustainability of your buildings. But as these standards may change regularly, Sylvania is committed to answering all your questions, and supporting you in this aspect of your lighting projects. Standards, norms, and labels associated with energy compliance and well-being: we help you retrieve the essential points. Our products are 100% compliant with EU and UK standards. Many of them are indeed manufactured in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom to guarantee unparalleled quality, in accordance with European standards, and more specially to comply with the EN 12464-1:2021 standard. They respect the different rates and levels required such as glare (UGR<19), the level of luminance (L65 < 3000 cd/m²), CRI (80 min.) or low flickering (<5%), for an example.
A made-in-Europe know-how at your service
Sylvania is a leading provider of total solutions for professional and architectural lighting. With nearly 100 years of expertise in luminaires and lamps, Sylvania has an extended offer for the public, private and commercial sectors. For your offices, choose our quality guarantee, and as Sylvania is not only a manufacturer, there is also a complete range of services at your disposal. Allow yourself a full serenity with Sylvania’s expertise and be assured that all your lighting projects benefit from perfectly mastered solutions.
From classrooms, specialist classes and laboratories, to libraires and auditoriums through corridors and stairways, canteens, administration & outdoor areas and sports halls, Sylvania offers you best in class luminaires and services, compliance with regulations and financing solutions. Sylvania is an expert at your side, each step of the way.