Date: October 3, 2023 11:50 am

Supporting the Education Sector

Supporting the Education Sector

The challenges of reducing costs and improving energy efficiency is high on the agenda of the Educational sector.

There is, as with most other sectors the constant need to reduce costs. The Educational sector are extremely keen to make improvements where-ever possible to benefit the environment and reduce their carbon footprint. In doing so, they still need to establish a creative and productive environment for the well-being of both staff and students.

With energy efficiency high on the agenda of the Education sector, it is important to recognise where energy and cost savings can be gained. Updating and installing more energy efficient lighting is one such area, It will not just save money and be better for the environment, but using modern lighting systems will have significant psychological impact on the people who use the spaces.

It’s fair to say that many Educational premises still have fluorescent light fittings. Compared to modern LED lighting systems, fluorescent lighting isn’t as energy efficient, doesn’t offer flexibility or creates a stimulating and productive environment.

With the annoying flickering that fluorescent lights often have the tendency to do over time and the harsh glare omitted, they aren’t a soothing form of lighting. For many they are the cause of headaches and migraines, which leads to an unproductive environment.

Replacing fluorescents with modern LEDs lights has many benefits, including:

  • They create a more natural light, helping our circadian rhythms (body clock)
  • No glare or flickering light
  • There is a greater flexibility of light fittings to use
  • Improved lighting creates higher productivity
  • Options to choose lighting systems to suit different spaces and their use
  • The ability to a switchable power and colour change, within one LED fitting
  • Energy efficiency, LEDs have a longer life, and use less energy, saving costs

We react and perform better in natural, well-lit environments. Having a dark and gloomy classroom can make people lethargic and irritable. Using the correct lighting and using colour tones can significantly aid well-being, moods, productivity and concentration.

Illuminating areas with the correct lighting to suit your needs

Modern LEDs light fittings and systems now available can accommodate a whole host of requirements to illuminate areas to suit individual space requirements and peoples’ needs using the facility.

From primary schools to universities, each has specific needs for different areas.

  • The reception area needs to be bright, airy and welcoming.
  • Large halls are used for a variety of activities and events. Flexible lighting systems are needed to accommodate the range of usages.
  • Classrooms and teaching facilities need lighting to be bright, without glare to generate a creative and enhanced study and work environment.
  • Sports halls with high ceilings are used for a various sporting activities. The lighting should be planned to cater for the most demanding activities. A robust lighting is essential, which provides the correct lux levels with no glare.
  • External areas, such as car parks and walkways, need be correctly lit, to indicate where pathways are and create a safe environment

Reducing your energy consumption

LED’s system can enable you to have increased control over your lighting system, which will reduce energy consumption and save you money.

In many areas of an educational institution, whether it’s a primary school, college or university, having the ability to turn off lights in spaces when not in use has a significant impact on your energy consumption and costs.

Fitting Occupancy sensors lighting systems can provide control, energy efficiencies and cost savings.

Installing occupancy sensor systems that are activated either by a set timer or by movement, will save energy and money. These systems can be programmed to switch lights on or off or dim to a specific lux level and reactivate at a time when the lighting is needed.

Alternatively, occupancy sensors can be activated by movement or on entry to an area. This is particularly useful to stop lights being left on unnecessarily, wasting energy and money.

These sensor systems are particularly beneficial across a range of areas, including corridors, classrooms, toilets, changing rooms and classrooms.

Providing the design support and installation to meet your needs

Installing effective lighting systems to meet the individual needs is important in any environment, but significantly assists the well-being of staff and students.

Understanding the needs of people and what spaces are to be used for will ensure the correct lighting system is designed and installed.

At Gilks our years of experience and wealth of skills and expertise working with the Education sector and can provide solutions to meet a variety of requirements, which include the unique requirements of this sector.

We work to cause minimal disruptions but deliver systems that will meet your full objectives, now and in the future.

If you need help planning and installing an effective lighting system to benefit your staff and students, whilst improving energy efficiencies and reducing costs, then contact our team.


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