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- 1. pedagogics of light We know how to stimulate learning
- 2. light, without costing any more, and it doesnt even have to be complicated. Wireless e-Sense Connect is an inno- vative, smart system that both children and adults can understand. Intuitive controls and quick installation mean youll have your new creative learning space in no time. Old truths are there to be proved wrong, not least in the world of education. At Fagerhult we concentrate on just one area and when it comes to light we have a few important lessons that we would like to share. The right lighting makes pupils feel more alert and cheerful, and produces better results. New lighting produces better
- 3. 4 Bright ceiling Indirect light on the ceiling, 300 lx, provides good ambient light and students who are more alert and perform better. Easy to use A potentiometer with on/off function ma- kes it easy to switch on the light, switch it off, or make it brighter or dimmer. Radio-controlled dimming Fagerhult wireless e-Sense Connect can be in- stalled without cabling during a free period. An economical installation with a ceiling that is undamaged. Light on the whiteboard Good lighting of the whiteboard that has been developed for the purpose, 500 lx. All in one place Fagerhult wireless e-Sense Connect provides all of the lighting functions needed in the room. There is no need for servers in the basement or cupboards in the corridor. Can you see the creativity? Academic premises are a place of work. Not only for the stu- dents and teachers but also for the caretaker, the cleaner and the electrician. Welcome to the classroom where work is easier for everyone.
- 4. 5 Light on the work surface Direct light from the luminaires always gives 500 lx on the table, to make the visual task easier. Integrated sensors A daylight and presence detector in eve- ry row of luminaires adjusts the lighting for all areas of the space. When everyone has left the room, the light switches off and is reset automatically. Bright walls Vertical light on the wall, 300 lx, provides good ambient light and helps students feel more alert and perform better. Projector scenario A pre-programmed scenario for projector display makes it easy to change the lighting. At just the push of a button!
- 5. 6 Its a well-known fact of life that light makes us feel good. Light affects us not just in a visual sense, but biologically and emotionally as well. New research has shown that good lighting actually increases job satisfaction in learning environments. Fagerhults head of research, Tommy Govn, explains how. How can lighting affect study results? Our research shows that higher levels of ambient light, that is indirect light reflected via the ceiling and vertically against the walls, make the students more alert and puts them in better mood. Our tests also show that pupils who get to work in this light get better results during the dark period of the year as well. The great thing is that this type of lighting is extremely easy to create and doesnt need to cost more either. By selecting good luminaires, with day- light control and presence detectors, you can compensate for the higher light levels. How can you prove the connection? The concept of light being good for people is nothing new. Its something we feel instinctively. We become more alert, more cheerful and more focused. We are exactly like flowers that turn to face the light! The inhabitants of the Nordic countries in particular are conscious of how the darkness can affect their energy and mood. What is new however, is that at last we have the opportunity to measure and prove the effect of light both natural and artificial on a purely scientific basis. In 2002 a researcher at Brown University in the USA discovered what became known as a third receptor in the eyes retina. This Third Receptor is what transmits light impulses from the eye to the pituitary gland, which influences the secretion of stress and sleep hormones. There is, therefore, also a clear connection between light and hormone balance. Higher levels of ambient lighting = better results
- 6. 7 What is VBE? Good lighting must be adapted to human nature. Thats why we developed an evaluations system, the VBE Index, as the basis for our research. VBE is a acronym of Visual, Biological and Emotional, the three ways in which light af- fects us. The visual concerns the provision of the right light which helps us to see well and be able to read and work. The Biological is about how light affects the secretion of hormones in our bodies, in other words how tired or how alert we are. The emotional aspect of light is, of course, how it affects us on a purely emotional basis. What makes Fagerhults research so unique? That we actually studied the effect of artificial light on a biological basis by measuring hydrocortisone and mela- tonin levels, during a whole school year. This approach provided a completely different assurance to alternative research focused exclusively on interviews, which are based on instantaneous, subjective values. This aspect wasnt neglected in our study however, we supplemented the biological aspects with regular studies of the students emotional response throughout the year. And your next project? The next project is being run in a high school in Sweden where we are aiming to create a model for energy efficency in schools. Similar to the previous study, our research will focus on how students performance, alertness and well be- ing are affected over an entire academic year but this time via LED light. To help facilitate these objectives we have created a custom luminaire developed specifically for this project. The most exciting aspect of this study is that the students are older and in a hormonally unbalanced age. How does LED fit into the picture? Our latest research findings show that LED technology gi- ves a light that is perceived to be brighter and better than the light from a T5 fluorescent lamp, even if the lux-meter show the same value. This paves the way for even better lighting in our schools, with even greater energy savings. Humans are exactly like flowers that turn to face the light!
- 7. 8 Believing is one thing; knowing is something else. At Fagerhult we have always maintained that only direct light on the working surface is not enough. Thats why we have worked with combinations of direct and indirect light that also illuminate the ceiling and walls. Four different studies, undertaken during a ten-year period, confirm our view. 1. The optimal work light. In collaboration with Jnkping University, 2001. What light distribution is the most agreeable in a work situation? The study took place at Jnkping University and the aim was to determine what light distribution the people participating in the study preferred both visually and emotionally. The study space was lit solely by lumi- naires, completely without incidental daylight. The result confirmed that a combination of direct and indirect light which not only provides sufficient light levels on the work surface, but also creates ambient light by illuminating the ceiling and walls (vertical light) was preferable. Four research projects: Proof of the effects of ambient light 2. The effect of ambient light on alertness and well-being. In collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering (LTH), Lund University. hus 2007. How does incidental light affect human well-being? The study investigated how people are affected by working in a room with three different levels of ambient light and colour temperatures. As in the earlier study, there was no daylight. During the test the participants visual, biolo- gical and emotional reactions were studied by means of interviews and measurements of cortisol and melatonin content. The study showed that ambient light is highly signifi- cant not only for the visual task, but also for emotional state and alertness. The most positive reactions were registered at an incidental light level of 100 cd/m2 and a colour temperature of 30004000 K.
- 8. 9 3. The effect of ambient light on learning. In collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering (LTH), Lund University, and University College London. London 20092010. The study took place at a primary school in London. The aim was to investigate how the pupils were affected by working in a classroom with a greater proportion of light on the walls and ceiling. The classroom had daylight and the lighting was designed with daylight and presence detectors to optimise energy consumption. The pupils performance, alertness and well-being (Visual, Biological and Emotional) were studied over a period of a whole year with the help of interviews and hormone measurements. The results were then compared with pupils who followed the same school schedule in identical classrooms with standard lighting. The study showed that the pupils in the test classroom, with a higher level of ambient light, were not only more alert in the morning but also achieved bet- ter results in mathematics, reading and writing, especially during the dark period of the year. 4. Opportunities for energy savings with LED. In collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering (LTH), Lund University. hus, 2011. The aim of the study was to investigate how people are affected by working in LED light. Exactly as before, Visual, Biological and Emotional aspects were studied by means of interviews and hormone measurements. The study con- firmed earlier surveys showing positive effects in connecti- on with higher levels of ambient light. It also showed that those participating in the study perceived the light from LED as brighter than from a traditional T5 light source, which presets opportunities for energy savings. Fagerhult has therefore taken the initiative in commissioning a new study, being conducted during 20122013 in a Swedish high-school, which aims to identify the optimal working leve
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