Smart lighting control gives brilliantly lit classrooms without costing the planet

T5 Luminaires complement the natural light in a Learning Escape

Two issues lie at the very heart of The Learning Escape ethos: education and environmentalism. Those of you that know us, will understand how hard we strive to provide the very best teaching environments: a significant element of which is the quantity and quality of light introduced into our eco-classrooms. We are also passionate about preserving the environment for future generations of school children. So, it will come as no surprise, that we have taken great care in sourcing our lighting systems from a supplier that echoes our values.

It might seem a little premature to be thinking about switching on the lights during school hours, as we bask in the glorious September sunshine. Yet the evenings are drawing in and the mornings getting chillier, reminding us that we are only weeks away from the clocks turning back.

Of course, the best form of illumination in any learning space is natural sunlight (both for the health of students and the environment) which is why its penetration throughout our classrooms is a fundamental design feature. However, as autumn and winter approach, our natural light source will no doubt require a boost. We have carefully selected a lighting manufacturer that understands the importance of providing the right light, into the right place, at the right time.

Our Dextra Luminaires are both energy efficient and educationally enhancing, giving our classrooms a day-lit appearance even when the sun isn’t up to the job and, just as importantly, providing a wonderfully uniform level of illuminance thus maximising user comfort and minimising the distraction of contrast. The smart control system is a simple, yet highly effective, method of minimising energy consumption, resulting in lighting that is amongst the most energy efficient available. The system’s integral sensors monitor ambient light levels and people presence to provide just the right amount of light, only when it is needed, and once it senses the classroom is empty, it switches itself off.

We salute Dextra for their energy efficiency and environmental benevolence, and their great lighting systems which play an important role in the creation of our A rated EPC status.