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are also very important. People need to feel welcomed and impressed in an atrium/ entrance, with bright, engaging and dynamic lighting


solutions,’ continues Dawson. He says schools are also


Left: Philips conducted research into the effects of lighting in primary schools. This page: Riegen’s Blocks luminaires at the newly refurbished King Solomon Academy in Lisson Grove, London.


we have had our first impression confirmed: we see that children’s well-being is affected


positively by the lighting system. The children are very enthusiastic


term with SchoolVision than without it. • Children with SchoolVision rate their learning environment higher, both in the short and the long term, than children without SchoolVision in their learning environment. The second study, the experimental laboratory research, led to the following conclusions: • Children’s enthusiasm is influenced by SchoolVision: pupils feel livelier under the settings ‘Calm’ and ‘Energy’ than under the setting ‘Concentration’. • Children’s capacity for cooperative learning is influenced by the SchoolVision system: under the ‘Calm’ setting the children are quicker at solving a joint puzzle assignment than under the ‘Standard’ setting. • The intra-group communication of the children is influenced by SchoolVision: under the ‘Energy’ setting children talk 95 per cent more with one another while solving the puzzles than under the ‘Standard’ setting. The final results of the research tie in with the experiences of senior school staff. Jane van der Heijden, headmistress of the De Disselboom primary school in Wintelre said: ‘During the past school year


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about the lighting system and the support that it gives in routine class work. They actively ask for it. Furthermore, we notice that the lighting has a positive influence on the teaching staff, since they have a more pleasant work environment.’


Jim Dawson, technical business development manager at Riegens, says lighting is a vital element in the creation of helping to stimulate learning in education environments. ‘As more and more commercial organisations are paying greater attention to the quality of the lit education environment, there is now a far better understanding of the direct link between the lit environment and the well being, comfort and productivity of those working in these areas,’ explains Dawson. He believes lighting needs to be far more than just a basic source. ‘Good lighting can change the overall ambience and perception of classrooms, lecture theatres and the relevant space and the productivity of people within that area. The uniformity, contrast ratios and vertical illuminance have to be right, as poorly lit spaces can lead to symptoms such as eye strain and headaches. First impressions on entering an education establishment


increasingly under pressure when it comes to energy consumption. ‘Good modern lighting sources, using the latest light sources such as the T5 lamp, can provide high efficiency and long life, allowing


reduction in running costs. Lighting and


controls which take into consideration natural daylight


contribution can also play a huge


role in minimising running costs. When all these factors of high efficiency, energy saving and focused luminaires designs are combined, the overall effect is a highly cost-effective, productive and attractive lighting system.’


Riegens’ Blocks luminaires have been installed in the newly refurbished King Solomon Academy in Lisson Grove, London. Specified by Arup, the brief was to provide high quality, robust luminaires that would provide a good even light distribution; a vital element for today’s classrooms that have to cater for both traditional teaching methods and high tech presentations. The project included the refurbishment of the original Grade II listed building, formerly the North Westminster Community School, and also the construction of two new, purpose built structures that have increased capacity to allow the Academy to accommodate 900 pupils aged between 3-18 years. Riegens’ suspended Blocks luminaires have been utilised throughout the classrooms within the existing building and also for the classrooms/work places in the new build areas. Part of the project


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