Lighting Design Goals

Because of the wide diversity of educational activities and methods appropriate to different groups of learners, lighting design for education is a challenging task. Lighting needs to support an equally diverse range of instructional media and technologies, many of which may be used simultaneously within the same teaching space. Used effectively, lighting can make a school more pleasant and attractive, reinforce a sense of space, demarcate areas for specific activities, and stimulate learning and behavior.

Given the extensive use of electronic media, especially video projection and computer display screens in classrooms, special attention must be given to providing lighting that controls direct and reflected glare.

Inadequate amounts of light cause visual discomfort and can compromise safety. Too much light can also cause visual discomfort and consumes more energy than required. The Illumination Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) provides recommended illuminance levels for educational spaces.