The challenges and opportunities for lighting design in educational facilities are plentiful. By and large, the majority of existing school buildings in the U.S. were designed according to functional and financial requirements. It was very rare that the lighting held a high priority. Many of these existing educational buildings across the U.S. are in need of lighting systems renovations, to provide teachers and students with an enhanced, stimulating visual environment, and to consume less energy.
In addition, upgraded and new lighting system design must address the needs of present and future trends in teaching and learning styles, and the wide array of electronic technology that has been introduced into the education process. Students are no longer passive consumers of information, but active producers who can add meaning and value to the information. Good lighting design creates a learning environment that encourages students to be “knowledge workers” and interact, not only with each other, but with others in their communities and around the world.
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