Finding the Best Lighting Setup For Home Classrooms

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Choosing the right lighting for home schooling can significantly impact both the comfort and productivity of the learning environment. Below is a guide to help consumers search for the best lighting options for homeschooling spaces. My home school friends are educators. I graduated from Illinois State University in 1999 with a degree in Elementary Education. I walked a different path after college, discovering my purpose and a way to work in the light, for twenty plus years. If I was 22 years old in 1999, How old am I today?

Understanding Lighting Types

First, it's important to understand the different types of lighting and how they can affect learning:

Ambient Lighting: This is the general, overall light in a room. Ideally, it should fill the space without causing glare or harsh shadows. I recommend natural day light in the classroom. On sunny days and dark days, your classroom should always provide light that promotes learning.

  • 80% of the classrooms in America, are using the wrong spectrum of light. This is one problem that is affecting children across the country, and it would be so easy to fix.

Task Lighting: Light that is focused on specific areas where work is done, like desks or reading nooks. Adjustable desk lamps or reading lamps are great for providing focused, direct light to help reduce eye strain.

Accent Lighting: While not essential for functionality, accent lighting can create a pleasant atmosphere that makes the homeschooling area more inviting and comfortable. Flood lights highlighting a wall poster or motivational quote that you would like your children to read every day, is one example of accent lighting.

Key Considerations

When searching for the best lighting for your homeschooling space, keep the following in mind:

  • Make the most of natural light whenever possible. It's not only free but helps maintain a natural circadian rhythm, enhancing focus and mood.
  • Look for lighting options that are adjustable. Being able to change the intensity of light can help minimize glare on screens and books, which is vital for preventing eye strain and headaches.
  • Select the correct color temperature, or kelvin that enhances a space will promote learning. GoodBulb Pure White LEDs are like working under a sky light on a clear summer day, illuminating true colors, paper is white, ink is black.
  • The correct color of light reduces eye strain, headaches, and glare. Full Spectrum, natural white light LEDs have been proven to prevent S.A.D during darker months and proven to increase productivity.
  • Energy saving, longer life LED bulbs are the only lighting technology that is recommend for a classroom.
  • Choose commercial grade LED light bulbs that are high CRI and flicker-free will prevent fatigue. 

Tips for Effective Lighting Placement 

Desk and Reading Areas: Place task lighting to the side of the work area to reduce shadows and glare. If the student is right-handed, the light should come from the left side, and vice versa.

Computer Stations: Ensure that ambient lighting is bright enough to reduce screen glare, which can lead to eye strain. Consider using an anti-glare screen protector as well.

Overall Room Lighting: Use a combination of ceiling fixtures and floor lamps to create even ambient lighting throughout the room, avoiding dark corners and overly bright spots. 

Final Thoughts

Creating an effective and comfortable learning environment at home involves careful consideration of lighting. By focusing on natural light, adjustability, color temperature, energy efficiency, and proper placement, you can enhance the homeschooling experience for your child. Remember, the goal is to create a space that promotes focus and well-being, making learning a more enjoyable and productive experience.

How to Purchase:

Snap a photo of your space, take pictures of the current light bulbs being used, and forward these details to a lighting expert at GoodBulb. Request assistance from the Lumen Master our lighting educator poised to guide you towards the right light.

You will save time bypassing the aggravation of picking the wrong lighting solutions. Leave the heavy lifting to us while you carry on with your daily curriculum, anticipating the delivery of your good LED light bulbs.

I have written some great blogs if you are looking for a teachable moment? Guide your children through the real history of light

  • who really invented the light bulb?
  • how electricity works
  • why different lightbulbs emit different spectrums! 
  • And many more….

Who knows, you might even learn a few helpful things yourself.

Thanks for reading. If you’d like to learn more or have questions, we look forward to connecting.

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