PART 3: The Psychological and Learning Benefits of LED
LED lighting has numerous benefits for day care centres, reducing energy consumption and therefore reducing energy costs, removing harmful contaminants from the room and mitigating the risk of these contaminants affecting our children. Along with these incredible benefits are psychological and learning benefits for our children. LED lighting can improve a child’s focus and concentration, aid in relaxation and help level a child’s mood and behaviour.
As discussed in our blog on lighting quality, colour temperature also helps the mental health of our children. Cooler colour temperatures, that are achieved though installing LED’s, help children wake and be more alert earlier in the morning and focus on, and comprehend tasks and learning, as the light closely mirrors a natural outdoor light. This cooler temperature can also support mental cognition.
As we see with LED colour temperatures, the light levels LED’s emit is also important to look at. Spending too much time in a dark or dim lit room has a negative impact on our mood. Commonly known as the ‘winter blues’ is it proven that during winter months, when we aren’t exposed to as much sunlight, we experience sluggish moods and can lead to feelings of depression. Reinforcing the importance of installing a lighting system that best emulates natural sunlight for our children. Are brighter more natural light can increase and encourage happier moods. Low lighting can also affect the way children receive, store and send information to the brain. The dim lighting makes it harder for children to read therefore increasing the possibility of sending incorrect information to the brain.
Recent studies on the effects of lighting that simulates daylight has proven this increase in concentration, with some children amongst the studies noticing a difference in their own mood. The study found lighting that mimicked natural outdoor lighting provided the same stimulation in children as when they are actually outdoors. It is commonly understood that natural outdoor daylight improves mood, mental cognition, alertness and focus and decreases sadness, stress and anxiety.
Effective LED lighting can increase the efficiency of a child’s ability to learn, thus increasing the productive learning environment as a whole. As discussed above, lighting colour and temperature impacts a child’s visual skills which is directly related to their ability to learn. The stability of LED lighting means children can move about the room without any changes in light quality reducing visual interruptions.
There are many areas of a child’s day at day care that can affect their learning environment and experience, noise, timetable, sleep schedules and more. Lighting is an aspect of their day and environment that can be easily controlled to enhance their learning and experiences.
Lighting affects so many areas of our lives, the way we sleep, the way we feel, how we are motivated and our ability to concentrate. These reasons outline why it is vital to consider your lighting plan and systems in your day care centre.
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