Lighting and Your Bottom Line

Daylighting and Electric Lighting in Schools

Lighting has always been an important component of educational facilities. In the first half of the 20th century, natural light was the dominant method for illuminating school rooms. Large windows were obviously a key design element.

Given the ever-present reality of energy costs and codes, design standards for educational facility design and energy and environmental management, school administrators and planners have developed a new understanding of the psychological and physiological benefits of combining natural and electric light in new and rehabbed school buildings. This is made possible due to recent advances in energy efficient lighting systems, energy efficient windows and skylights and automated control systems that bring the two lighting methods into sync with one another.