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How to Choose Suitable Lamps For Schoolhouse Lighting Projects


There are many factors to consider in schoolhouse lighting applications. Our primary concern is the lighting environment, which is beneficial to students and faculty and staff, and helps them to learn and work in this environment. In this regard, school light fixtures have a great influence. The school has always encouraged the use of natural windows. Which have well known to have a positive impact on mood, energy and attention.

The color temperature in artificial lighting also plays an important role. Cool white light sources make students more focused and often improve learning and productivity. While warm lighting can help younger children to participate in lesson activities more calmly.


At the same time, schoolhouse lighting applications require specific illumination levels or illuminance (measured in lux on a flat surface), usually in accordance with British and European standards 12464-1 (indoor workplace lighting). The following are some of the recommended lux for schools, listed for different applications:


Corridors: 100 lux

Foyers, entrance halls, canteens: 200 lux

Libraries, sports halls, gymnasiums, lecture theatres, classrooms, computer rooms: 300 lux

Laboratories, kitchens: 500 lux

Technical drawing-room: 750 lux


#1. Standards and regulations

Aside from the above-mentioned British and European Standard 12464-1, regulations relating to schoolhouse lighting include the following:

Education (School Premises) (England) Regulations 2012: Regulation 8

The Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010: Regulation 23E

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992: Regulation 8

#2. Schoolhouse lighting requirements: area by area

Schoolhouse lighting requirements in schools, colleges and universities are diverse. Let’s look at some of the key objectives to consider when lighting specific areas of an education premises:

1. Entrance halls

Areas of transition between outdoors and indoors are potentially hazardous. It takes time for our eyes to adjust to different strengths of light. For this reason, entrance halls require brighter than corridors. Magic high brightness led linear light – great for entrance halls.

The Magic LED Linear light, with an optical lens, up to 130lm/w, 5 years warranty, 50,000 hours lifespan. And use significantly less energy than T8 or T12 fluorescent tubes.

  • IP44
  • TUV approved brand-led driver
  • >130lm/w
  • 5 years warranty
  • Dimmable optional
led linear light

2. Corridors and staircases

The main objective here is the safe flow of traffic, bearing in mind that corridors and staircases will also be part of an emergency escape route. School ceiling lights with Microwave Sensor detects movement using a microwave sensor, which can see through lighting enclosures as well as glass-windowed doors.

Multi bulkhead emergency light – perfect for corridor lighting

The Multi Series can use at the ends of corridors, and wire to trigger several lights in a slave circuit when a corridor approached. As an emergency light, it also provides up to three hours of battery backup operation during a power failure.

For escape route purposes there’s the LED Emergency Bulkhead. This comes with a customisable legend set and can use in corridors, stairwells. And even on the exterior of a building thanks to its IP65-rated dust and water protection.

emergency led lamp
waterproof ceiling light

3. Classrooms

Classrooms require a uniform distribution of light, avoiding harsh shadows or excessive modelling. An illuminance of 300 lux is suitable for general tasks among younger students. Whilst a higher 500 lux measurement is ideal for detail activities or for older students in adult education classes.

At the same time, the classroom chalkboard should be set with local lighting, which maintains the average illuminance value not less than 500lux. The illumination uniformity should not be lower than 0.8. The classroom should use 3300K-5500K color temperature light source, the Color Rendering Index of the light source should not be less than 80. The uniform glare value (URG) of the classroom should not be greater than 19. When the lighting design calculates the illuminance, the maintenance factor should be 0.8.

4. LED Panel Light – ideal lighting for classrooms

An LED Panel Light is an extremely clean, flush-fitting installation that will not harbour dust, dead bugs or bacteria. Unlike recessed fluorescent fittings, an LED panel does not lose any of its light in an elaborate system of louvres and reflectors. It is naturally directional, which makes for extremely efficient light output (light fitting efficiency is measured as LOR, or Light Output Ratio).

The uniform glare value (URG) of lamp is less than 16, it is an very comfortable environment for reading and studying.

led panel light

5. Laboratories

School library lighting has to be robust, IP-rated for resistance to chemical splashes and needs to deliver a smooth, glare-free light. Again, the attractively priced LED panel from Facet Series meets these criteria as this IP44-rated panel is constructed with a near-unbreakable polycarbonate diffuser.

led panel light
led panel light

6. Dining areas

Dining areas need to be relatively well lit, with brighter lighting than adjacent circulation areas. The choice of lighting will depend on structure, available window light, and ceiling height. Large pendants are sometimes used in dining halls, whilst recessed LED downlights or panels provide a tidy solution for lower-ceilinged modern canteens. Dim to warm LED Downlights – perfect for communal dining areas.

For professional lighting applications, the DtW20 Series, Dim the color temperature from 3000K(when full light) to 2200K(when 10% light), from 4000K(when full light) to 2700K(when 10% light) to recreate the cozy feeling of a traditional lamp. IP44 dust/moisture-proof. Classic heritage design, a retrofit replacement halogen, and incandescent spots.

7. Outdoor areas

Outside an educational facility, safe orientation must be enabled at all times. This includes clear visibility around pathways and entrances, and in adjoining school areas such as playgrounds, bike sheds and car parks.

Modern Wall light– waterproof IP65 good for school grounds

The weatherproof LED wall light is perfect for these purposes. It can include a sensor, which triggers light when movement is detected. The microwave sensor can be overridden if required for continuous illumination.

led dim to warm downlight
led wall light

Converting to LED

Lighting usually accounts for at least 25-30% of a school’s energy bills, so it’s little wonder that many are looking for more energy-efficient solutions. Lighting schemes that are 10-20 years old are greatly outmoded in terms of economy and performance.

By replacing an old fluorescent system with modern LED lighting, up to 60-70% savings can be made on energy bills. LED is up to 90% more energy-efficient than incandescent light sources. Maintenance costs are also slashed, and interruption to classes through lamp-changing virtually eliminated.

An LED conversion will reduce your school’s carbon footprint and save substantially on energy bills. The initial investment is invariably returned within a few months.

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